Judy Holliday won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the original Born Yesterday (1950). In contrast, Melanie Griffith, who plays Billie Dawn in this remake, was nominated for the Razzie Award for Worst Actress. She failed to win, however.

This film was originally intended to be made by Cannon in 1987 with Walter Matthau, Bernadette Peters and Whoopi Goldberg set to star and with a script by Garson Kanin, who developed the original play. The studio's financial troubles killed this version though it was announced at Cannes.

Tom Selleck was offered the role of Harry Brock.

Fred Dalton Thompson, who plays Senator Hedges, went on to be elected Senator from Tennessee the following year (1994).

Last film to be produced by Silver Screen Partners.

The Secretary of the Navy and his wife are played by retired Washington Post editor Benjamin C. Bradlee and his real-life wife, former Post reporter Sally Quinn.

The Broadway production of "Born Yesterday" opened at the Lyceum Theater on February 4, 1946 and ran for 1642 performances.

In the very first scene after they get off the plane, Ed hands Harry a magazine of which you can only see the back as its being passed, on the back was and advertisement for Marlboro cigarettes with at that time their Marlboro Man front man. Don Johnson played Marlboro in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991).

Nick Nolte was considered to play Paul Verrall.