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Gloria's car was a Sunbeam Alpine
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Before Elizabeth Taylor could start Cleopatra (1963) for a $1 million salary, she was legally bound to finish her MGM contract by doing this film, which she hated, for her standard $125,000 salary.
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Prior to the advent of digital technology, telephone exchanges were named instead of being numbered. Thus, Butterfield 8 (BU8 or 288) was the name of the exchange that provided service to ritzy precincts of Manhattan's Upper East Side
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Average Shot Length = ~11.3 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~10.8 seconds.
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Elizabeth Taylor has stated many times over the years that BUtterfield 8 is not one of her favorite films and feels she won the Oscar because of her recent illness rather than her performance.
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John O'Hara's 1935 novel is about the death of a call-girl and could not be filmed due to the Production Code. The novel was based on the death of Starr Faithfull, a 25-year-old woman whose body washed up onto the shore of Long Island in 1931 and became a sensation in the New York press due to her checkered sexual history.
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