Elizabeth Taylor after winning the Oscar in April, 1961
The movie is based on the book by John O'Hara, published in 1935. Elizabeth Taylor was 28 at the time of filming and had just married Eddie Fisher after a very public affair and his divorce from Debbie Reynolds. This was part of the reason Taylor admonished the film. Both her and Fisher disliked that the public was referring to her as a home wrecker and she was playing one in the movie. They called the movie "Butterball Four" for laughs. Another reason Elizabeth Taylor disliked the movie was because she was basically forced to complete it under her contract with MGM. She wanted to leave the studio in order to film Cleopatra with 20th Century Fox, but was denied until she completed BUtterfield 8. Frankly I'm glad she did.