The only memento of Hollywood kept by Greta Garbo was a pair of Adrian-designed kid gloves from this film. White leather, they were beaded with an ivy leaf pattern than spelled out her initials "G.G." over and over.
The play originally opened in Paris on 2 February 1852. Alexandre Dumas fils based the character Marguerite on a woman with whom he had an affair for 11 months. She died when she was 23. The movie inspired Milton Benjamin to write and publish a song in 1936 called "I'll Love Like Robert Taylor, Be My Greta Garbo".
The film had its world premier at the Plaza Theater on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, California on 12 December 1936, which also was the grand opening night of the theater. Robert Taylor was in attendance at the gala.
Future two-time Oscar-winning director Fred Zinneman was an uncredited assistant to George Cukor, helping him on camera angles and visual concepts. Zinneman explained, " In 1936, long after I had worked with Busby Berkeley and Gregg Toland, I was again out of a job, and through the good offices of a friend, I was introduced to Cukor, who very kindly asked me to help him with camera angles and visual concepts in the making of a film starring Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor entitled "Camille." Actually my function on the film was rather limited. While it was a most interesting and valuable experience for me, I do not see how it could have been of much value to George. Since then we have occasionally met socially on very friendly terms, and, needless to say, I have enormous respect for George and for his work; but our professional association was not renewed, as I was signed by MGM to direct short subjects after "Camille" in 1937.
Henry Daniell replaced John Barrymore due to the influence of Greta Garbo. According to Daniell's daughter Allyson, by this point the increasingly alcoholic Barrymore had poor personal hygiene, and the actress preferred Daniell as de Varville. According to Allyson in a January 1983 issue of "Films in Review," "She enjoyed working with John in "Grand Hotel," but when it came time for "Camille," it was observed that, unlike Barrymore, Daddy didn't smell."