Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names, if any): Michael Mark (Fisherman), Al Bridge (Whaler), Victor Potel, Richard Kipling and Vera Lewis.
Debbie Reynolds was considered for the lead role.
Anthony Perkins film debut.
During first-run engagements of The Actress, selected movie houses around the country projected the film's opening sequence - a recreation of a production number from the play, "The Pink Lady", in wide screen to emphasize the larger-than-life quality of Ruth Gordon's fascination with the stage.