Mona Lisa Smile (2003) Poster


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In order to prepare for their roles, the leads were all put through a finishing school two weeks prior to filming.
In order to prepare for her role, Julia Roberts observed art history classes at New York University.
Normally blonde Kirsten Dunst dyed her hair brown for the movie while normally brown Julia Stiles has blonde hair.
Lecture Hall scenes were filmed at Columbia University, which maintains a 50-year-old lecture hall used in many different films.
In the pool, the girls that can be seen synchronized swimming in the background are the members of the Wheaton College Synchronized Swim Team (in Massachusetts) from the 2002-2003 season.
Producers had originally applied to film at Bryn Mawr College, another one of the Seven Sisters. It is unclear as to why they ultimately went with Wellesley College.


The Harvard Din & Tonics:  the a cappella group singing "Istanbul not Constantinople".

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