2. Ira Levin, the book’s author, named the apartment building The Bramford, after Dracula author Bram Stoker.
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
3. It was Polish director Roman Polanski’s American film debut.
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.
7. During filming, Farrow created a chart to keep track of everyone who was nice and mean to her. In response Polanski created one just for her.
Source: Mia and Roman
8. Farrow sang the lullaby over the film’s opening credits:
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
10. The long hair Farrow had in the film was actually a wig.
12. Iconic silver screen legend Joan Crawford had her cameo cut from the film.
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
13. In the scene where Rosemary calls Donald Baumgart — the actor who mysteriously goes blind and is replaced by Guy — the voice heard on the other end is actor Tony Curtis.
14. The scene where Rosemary walks into traffic was spontaneous and genuine. Polanski told Farrow, “Nobody will hit a pregnant woman.”
Polanski followed Farrow a few steps behind her and also held the camera — since the regular cameraman did not want to walk into traffic.
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.
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.
18. In 1997, 30 years after Rosemary’s Baby was published, Levin wrote a sequel, Son of Rosemary. The book also had nothing to do with the 1976 sequel.
Levin dedicated the novel to Mia Farrow.
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