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18 Things You Might Not Know About "Rosemary's Baby"

It's been 45 years since Roman Polanski spawned his classic horror masterpiece.

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2. Ira Levin, the book's author, named the apartment building The Bramford, after Dracula author Bram Stoker.

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In the film, The Dakota apartment building, on New York's Upper West Side, was used as The Bramford.

Today, The Dakota is most associated as the site of John Lennon's murder, though he also lived in the building.

Source: The Criterion Collection


5. Then-Paramount studio head Robert Evans — who wanted a bigger name for the role of Rosemary — suggested Mia Farrow (center), who at the time was appearing on the very popular TV show Peyton Place.

6. Robert Redford, Warren Beatty, and Jack Nicholson were all sought after for the role of Guy Woodhouse, Rosemary's husband.

Redford was the first choice, but turned down the role. While Nicholson actually tested for it.

Source: TCM


8. Farrow sang the lullaby over the film's opening credits:

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9. Contrary to popular belief, Vidal Sassoon did not actually create Farrow’s short pixie haircut.

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While he did trim it, the actual hairstyle was created a two years earlier, while she was on Peyton Place.

Source: The Criterion Collection

Farrow addressed this rumor on Twitter in 2012, after the death of Sassoon.

Ppl ask: Vidal Sassoon trimmed my inch long hair as publicity prank 4 RosemrysBaby Actually I cut my own hair 2yrs earlier. He was nice. RIP

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Ppl ask: Vidal Sassoon trimmed my inch long hair as publicity prank 4 RosemrysBaby

Actually I cut my own hair 2yrs earlier. He was nice. RIP

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11. At the time of filming, Farrow was actually a very strict vegetarian, but for the scene in which Rosemary is hungry, Polanski asked her to eat raw liver — which took several takes.

12. Iconic silver screen legend Joan Crawford had her cameo cut from the film.

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The scene was cut at the last moment — right before filming — when Polanski got upset and thought the scene was not worth shooting.

Source: The Village Voice

14. The scene where Rosemary walks into traffic was spontaneous and genuine. Polanski told Farrow, "Nobody will hit a pregnant woman."

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Polanski followed Farrow a few steps behind her and also held the camera — since the regular cameraman did not want to walk into traffic.

Source: TCM


16. A year after the movie opened, Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate, was brutally murdered by Charles Manson's followers. The murder created a myth that the film was cursed.

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Along with Tate, her unborn baby and four others were also murdered. Other strange coincidences that helped create the myth were the film's producer Castle suffering kidney failure soon after filming completed and the film's composer, Krzysztof Komeda, dying in a freak accident.

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