Making this movie was the first time Ingrid Bergman had been on a Hollywood sound stage since the 1940s--all her subsequent films up to that point had been made in Europe, even those for American studios.
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In the record store, a customer approaches Toni and asks her a question. The album he is holding happens to be the original cast recording of the musical "Mame" starring Angela Lansbury. This is an homage to the film's director Gene Saks, since he also directed "Mame" when it opened on Broadway in 1966.
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The three kids seen behind the GTO in the GM 5th Avenue showroom during Walter Matthau and Goldie Hawn's NY walkabout are David Matthau and Jenny Matthau and I.A.L. Diamond's son Paul Diamond
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The original Broadway production of "Cactus Flower" by Abe Burrows opened at the Royale Theater on December 8, 1965, and ran for 1234 performances starring Lauren Bacall and Barry Nelson.
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Goldie Hawn won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Toni Simmons
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Goldie Hawn received an 'Introducing' credit. However, this was not her first film; she had a small role in The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968) billed as Goldie Jeanne.
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Goldie Hawn's Best Supporting Actress Oscar win was this film's only Oscar nomination.
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The play had been a comeback vehicle for Lauren Bacall following several years of inactivity once screen roles dried up. "Cactus Flower" was an enormous hit on Broadway, and Bacall garnered strong personal notices for her performance as Stephanie, playing the role for nearly two years. She was understandably disappointed when producer M.J. Frankovich cast Ingrid Bergman in the film version.
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Lauren Bacall played the part of Stephanie Dickinson on the Broadway stage.
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Brenda Vaccaro was nominated for the 1966 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for "Cactus Flower" as Toni, the role that would eventually win Goldie Hawn a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
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The role of Julian Winston was originated on Broadway by Barry Nelson, who was renowned in theater circles for his uncanny ability to 'freeze' a performance following a show's opening and play it exactly the same, beat for beat, for the duration of the run. This was especially evident when he was cast in a comedy, as he was able to garner laughs in the same places, performance after performance, even when the vehicle ran several years, as was the case with "Cactus Flower."
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The same plot was used years later in the film Just Go with It (2011) starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. Insted of being a dentist, Sandler plays a plastic surgeon. Goldie Hawn's role is played by Brooklyn Decker.
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Burt Brinckerhoff was nominated for the 1966 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for "Cactus Flower" in the role of Igor.
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies.
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Among the LP covers adorning the walls of the record store where Toni works are movie soundtrack albums from Cat Ballou (1965), The Trouble with Angels (1966), Murderers' Row (1966), The Happening (1967), Head (1968), and Otley (1969), all produced by Columbia Pictures, which also financed and distributed Cactus Flower.
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During the night club scene with Walter Mattheau, Goldie Hawn, Jack Weston and Ingrid Bergman the background music playing is an instrumental of The Monkees "I'm A Believer".
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Late in the film, when Walter Matthau and Ingrid Bergman enter the dentist office building from opposite sides, Matthau enters at 730 Fifth Avenue, the Crown Building. He is directly across the street from Tiffany & Co, where Audrey Hepburn had her Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). Jack Weston appeared with Hepburn two years before Cactus Flower in Wait Until Dark (1967).
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The Beatles Albums that are visible in the Stereo Heaven scene are: Early Beatles, Beatles '65, Beatles Second Album, Revolver, Yesterday and Today, Something New, Rubber Soul, and Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
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When discussing the night out, Igor says, "I thought we were discussing my play!" Toni replies, "I'll wait for the movie." The line delivery implies a reference to the fact Cactus Flower was a successful play before becoming a film.
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Goldie Hawn's Oscar(TM) win was an enormous surprise to most, as up until that point she was only known as a giggly "dumb blonde", doing a variety of one-shot jokes and dancing in a bikini as a very popular regular on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967).
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As the original play was not 'opened up' for filming, casting confines make it appear that Dr. Julian Winston has only three patients.
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