Robert called me. Then Olivia called me. She just did not want to play a villainess. I begged her to reconsider. “Livvie, you must,” I said. “You would be wonderful in this.” The next day, she told Aldrich she had reread the script, had talked to me, and would take the part. Which meant that she had to leave for the United States almost immediately. When her plane landed in California at two or three o’clock in the morning - the Paris flights always get in at peculiar times - I was at the airport to meet her.

- Bette Davis in This ‘N That, 1989, p. 143