Many actresses were tested for the part, but, Young said, “a German actress, Elga Anderson, was our first choice. She was in a film called Bird of Paradise, and she got the part on those merits. She was going to be announced the next day, but there was a disastrous screening of a new Judy Garland film, I Could Go on Singing, and no one was in the mood for announcing anything.
“I found out later that she was a woman of impeccable character. But between the bad taste in everyone’s mouth at UA about the Judy Garland film, and this character’s unfounded accusations, I couldn’t get anyone to approve her casting.
“Our second choice was an Italian girl who had been the runner-up in the 1960 Miss Universe pageant. This was Daniela Bianchi, whom I liked very much, but at the time I thought she was a very limited actress. The role, of course, didn’t call for much, but Elga would have been better.”