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Meryl Streep not only learned a Polish accent but also learned how to speak German and Polish in order to have the proper accent of a Polish refugee.
Meryl Streep's performance as Sophie Zawistowska is ranked #3 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time.
Meryl Streep begged director Alan J. Pakula for this role literally on her hands and knees. Marthe Keller and Barbra Streisand both tried to win the role also but Pakula ultimately chose Streep.
In a disclaimer paragraph at the end, the only character who was not fictitious was Rudolf Hoess, which was the name of the actual commandant at Auschwitz.
After seeing him in this film, John Cleese decided to cast Kevin Kline in his movie A Fish Called Wanda (1988).
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #91 Greatest Movie of All Time. It was the first inclusion of this film on the list.
When William Styron was writing the novel, he envisioned Ursula Andress in the role of Sophie.
This was Kevin Kline's second film. The Pirates of Penzance (1983) was filmed first, making it his film debut, however, due to delays in post production, it was released after Sophie's Choice (1982).
When director Alan J. Pakula was initially signed on to the film, he envisioned only Liv Ullmann in the title role.
The quoted poem is "Ample make this Bed" by Emily Dickinson.
Before Meryl Streep was cast, Magda Vásáryová was to play the role of Sophie. Natalie Wood was considered for the role of Sophie.
When Meryl accepted her Best Actress Oscar for this film, she was already 5 months pregnant with daughter Mamie Gummer (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion / 11 April 1983).

Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Meryl Streep did the final scene (her choice) in one take and refused to do it again, saying that as a mother, she found it too painful and emotionally draining. Years later, Streep appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) and the scene of her choice was shown. Streep was uncomfortable while the clip was playing and revealed that she had never watched the scene before that very moment.

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