At the beginning of the rehearsals, Lynn Fontanne was terrified. "Everyone was so good! Why, on the first reading Julie Harris (she plays the title role) was so polished and professional that I feared I'd hold up her progress and the progression of the others."
When she voiced her fears to Miss Harris, the young actress, quite moved, put her arms around Miss Fontanne and said, "We are all here to learn from you. It is us who should be worried lest we don't measure up to your standards."