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- In 2007 Sunset Blvd. was listed on their 10th anniversary list as the 16th best American film of the 20th century by the American Film Institute.
- Right before William Holden came on board to play Joe Gillis, Montgomery Clift was signed to do the role for $5,000 dollars a week.
- The shot of Gillis dead in the pool was achieved using mirrors at the bottom of the pool and shooting from above.
- There are several cameos in the film, including Hedda Hopper, Cecil B. DeMille, and Buster Keaton.
- Norma Talmadge may have been the inspiration for the character of Norma Desmond, and for the character of Lina Lamont in Singin' in the Rain (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1952)
- The swan bed that Norma Desmond sleeps in for the film was first used in the film The Phantom of the Opera (Universal Studios, 1925)
- Norma Desmond's home in the movie was an actual house belonging to the former wife of J. Paul Getty. It was used five years later in the film Rebel Without a Cause (Warner Bros., 1955). Unfortunately it was torn down just 2 years later in 1957.
- The line "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up" was ranked the no. 7 movie quote out of 100 by the American Film Institute.
- William Holden celebrated his 31st birthday during filming, and Gloria Swanson celebrated her 50th.
- The film got 11 Oscar nominations, it won 3, but it did not get Best Picture. All About Eve (Twentieth Century Fox, 1950) won for Best Picture that year.
- While the movie was in production it was code-named "A can of beans" because of how Hollywood was being portrayed and the fear of a bad reaction.
|Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond|
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