Joan Crawford Was Cut From Rosemary's Baby!

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Rutanya Alda -- best known as Carol Ann in Mommie Dearest -- just told me a remarkable story.

Rutanya was Mia Farrow's stand-in for the 1968 suspense classic Rosemary's Baby.

When Mia was late to shoot a bit where she and a girlfriend go to see the Off-Broadway musical The Fantasticks, director Roman Polanski decided to start shooting with Rutanya standing in.

Part of the scene had screen icons Joan Crawford and Van Johnson (as themselves) being spotted by Rosemary in the lobby for some reason.

But that paled compared with the off-screen shenanigans.

Remembers Rutanya:

"Joan came over to me and said, 'Hello! I'm Joan Crawford!'

"She thought I was Mia Farrow!"

Or maybe she just knew she'd just spotted the future Carol Ann.

Another wacky mishap happened when Van Johnson first spotted Polanski, particularly his striking schnoz.

"Who's that, Pinocchio?" quipped Johnson, completely clueless.

This sent the excitable Polanski into a tizzy of horror.

"Get off my set, everybody!" he shrieked, clearing all the stars and non-stars away.

Joan obliged, but not before grandly intoning, "You should learn to have the manners of a William Castle."

(Castle was the movie's producer and had already directed Joan in enjoyable B flicks like Strait-Jacket and I Saw What You Did.)

When Mia finally showed up, Polanski decided the whole scene was not worth doing.

I guess by cutting Crawford, he made Satan's presence in the film even more mysterious.



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15 comments
cllrdr
cllrdr

Polanski realized that Joan Crawford couldn't possibly be in a movie with Satan. Too much competititon.

Jon b
Jon b

There was no real life Carol Ann in Joans life ever,  another fabrication and falsehood thanks to that ugly delusional schizoid child she adopted unfortunately.... Van Johnson and Joan were classics and at least Joan wasn't a baby fucker like Polanski, just saying .....neither of them needed to try to fit into Polanski's twisted and freaky ass ( but yes he was a unique auteur ) world .All your stories on Crawford Mr Musto are always nothing but here say and distant echoes of gossip from old Hollywood like the ramblings of grandma Helen Hayes and her maddening birthday celebrations for Christopher etc... 

Glamour
Glamour

Absolutely no one interesting has been born since about 1975. 

Cindytrellis
Cindytrellis

The real life Joan Crawford meeting the later Carol Ann is spooky.  Like when Charles Manson encountered Sharon Tate months before the killings.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

This is too fabu for words! THIS is the kind of stuff we get Nowhere Else!

I think Crawford should have played Patsy Kelly's lover in the film.

William Castle
William Castle

Not sure that is how I remember it all going down...but it's Hollywood where everything and anything is possible!

Normadesmond
Normadesmond

i think we did see crawford in the picture; playing the newborn in the cradle.

mjm
mjm

imagine Joan in Ruth Gordon's role...

Jon
Jon

Can you I'magine Joanie in the naked coven scene?  She'd be demanding Adrian do her tits!

Musto
Musto

Too bad Joan was cut.

When Rosemary's baby gurgled "mommie," Joan could have snapped "Mommie WHAT?"

Ick
Ick

I'm sure I spotted Joan Crawford in the coven of witches when Mia Farrow gets raped.

Rickets
Rickets

OK, this is the sickest thing I've heard in years!!

mjm
mjm

I think that was Christina

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