One day during soundstage work, Henry Hathaway, who had directed Marilyn years earlier in Niagara (1952), came across the star in tears. She confided in him,
"All my life I’ve played Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn Monroe. I’ve tried to do a little better and find myself doing an imitation of myself. I so want to do something different. That was one of the things that attracted me to Arthur when he said he was attracted to me. When I married him, one of the fantasies in my mind was that I could get away from Marilyn Monroe through him, and here I find myself back doing the same thing, and I just couldn’t take it, I have to get out of there. I just couldn’t face having to do another scene with Marilyn Monroe."