things you didn't know about Little Women...10
There have been three spoken big-screen versions of Little Women, in 1933, 1949 and 1994. Prior to that there were silent versions in 1917 and 1918.
The first half of the novel is roughly based on Louisa May Alcott's own childhood memories. She had three sisters, wanted to write, and was something of a tomboy.
Winona Ryder recommended a little known Welsh actor to star in the most recent film adaption, who would grow up to be Batman - Christian Bale.
Louisa May Alcott's 1871 sequel to Little Women as unsurprisingly called... Little Men!
In the oroginal novel Amy is the youngest sister, but in the 1949 film Beth became the youngest in order to cast Margaret O'Brien.
Writing in her autobiography of the 1933 film, Katharine Hepburn sai: "This picture was heaven to do - George Cukor perfect. He really caught the atmosphere. It was to me my youth!"
The pickled limes that the characters eat really did exist, and were something of a delicacy for nineteenth century children.
Christina Ricci and Natalie Portman both went for the role of Amy March in the 1994 film, but were beaten to the part by Kirsten Dunst.
The snow in the 1949 movie was made from cornflakes!