2. And, for some unexplained reason, Laura Palmer’s photo in the show is DIFFERENT in the feature film Fire Walk With Me.
If you look closely, you can see she’s looking to her left in the movie version.
4. And the title may have been changed because of composer Angelo Badalementi.
When Lynch told him the title of the show, Badalemnti remarked, “David, that’s something I read when I was in grammar school. You can’t use that title!” Not much longer after that, the show became Twin Peaks.
5. For budgetary reasons, after shooting the pilot in Washington, the rest of the show had to be filmed in Los Angeles.
The town of Twin Peaks actually had to be re-created and built as sets in Van Nuys, California, while many of the exteriors were filmed in Malibu Canyon.
7. And for Season 2, they filmed two different reveals of Laura Palmer’s killer.
They wanted to keep the killer’s true identity a complete secret, even from cast and crew.
8. In fact, production distributed false scripts on set to the cast and crew.
9. And the phony scripts had all kinds of “warnings” on them.
Things like: “This is the conclusion of the show,” “Here’s the killer,” “Don’t share this with your friend,” Destroy after [reading],” and “Don’t leave it anywhere.”
12. Bob (and essentially the entire mythology of the show) was a complete accident.
Frank Silva, who ended up playing Bob, was actually the set designer. At the end of the very first episode when Sarah Palmer (Grace Zabriskie) gets spooked by ~something~, Silva can be seen in the mirror behind her — which was a TOTAL accident. However, Lynch really liked that creepy ~image~ and decided Silva should become a part of the cast.
13. The flickering light when the “R” is being removed from under Laura Palmer’s fingernail was totally accidental — there was literally just a problem with the light on set.
But true to Lynch form, he said, “I like that Ron (the director of photography)! Can you do that all the time?” Hence, why there are always flickering lights on the show.
15. The chevron pattern on the Black Lodge floor is also in David Lynch’s first feature film, Eraserhead.
16. And Jack Nance, who plays Pete Martell, was the lead in Eraserhead.
He also acted in almost every other Lynch project (until his death) including Dune, Blue Velvet, The Cowboy and the Frenchman, Wild at Heart, and Lost Highway.
17. Catherine Martell’s and Lucy Moran’s names are spelled wrong in the pilot episode credits.
18. Agent Cooper’s full name is Dale Bartholomew Cooper.
Yeah, that’s right: D.B. Cooper.
22. Although MacLachlan felt that Fenn was too young to play his love interest, Heather Graham (Annie), who DID end up playing his love interest, is actually five years younger than Fenn!
23. Audrey wasn’t in the Miss Twin Peaks fashion show because Fenn straight-up didn’t like the storyline.
The compromise for at least having her in the scene was to have Audrey make an announcement for her dad.
24. Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer) was just a local theater actress in Washington when she landed her iconic part on the show.
As was Wendy Robie (Nadine Hurley).
26. And the character is a nod to Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic film Vertigo.
The brunette cousin of Laura Palmer takes her first name from Kim Novak’s character (Madeleine) and her last name from James Stewart’s character (John Ferguson). Novak also played both a blonde and brunette in Vertigo.
27. Maddy is also from Missoula, Montana, which is where David Lynch is originally from.
29. The conspiracies surrounding Marilyn Monroe’s death influenced the show.
Co-creators David Lynch and Mark Frost were originally working on a film adaptation of Goddess, a biography of Monroe. But since they couldn’t get the rights, they started working on Twin Peaks. Both Laura and Monroe were blondes whose deaths had ~mysteries~ surrounding them. Laura dies after writing in her diary that she’s going to reveal the affair she’s having with Ben Horne, which people think parallels Monroe’s alleged affair with President John F. Kennedy.
35. Eileen Hayward (Donna’s mom) is actually Emily and Zooey Deschanel’s mom IRL…
38. Caleb was also one of the few people who actually knew the truth about who the killer was.
An assistant director called the Deschanels’ house one night and left a message with Emily Deschanel about “Killer Bob” and she was “completely mystified and frightened by it.”
39. Peggy Lipton, who played Norma Jennings, is Rashida Jones’ mom.
40. And Russ Tamblyn (Dr. Jacoby) is Amber Tamblyn’s father.
41. Tamblyn and Richard Beymer (Ben Horne) famously costarred in West Side Story as Riff and Tony, respectively…
43. Miguel Ferrer (Agent Albert Rosenfield) was George Clooney’s cousin.
His mother was Rosemary Clooney from White Christmas fame. He sadly passed away in January 2017.
44. Ferrer, Ray Wise, and Dan O’Herlihy (Andrew Packard) were all in the original 1987 film Robocop, too.
47. Lana Budding Milford (Robyn Lively) is Blake Lively’s half-sister IRL.
And also Jason Lively’s (Rusty from the European Vacation movie) sister.
48. Mrs. Tremond’s grandson was played by David Lynch’s actual son, Jack Lynch.
Like a mini version of his dad! Awwwwww.
49. And David Lynch’s character Gordon Cole was named after a character in Sunset Boulevard.
Sunset Boulevard is directed by Billy Wilder, who is one of David Lynch’s favorite directors.
50. Doc Hayward (Donna’s dad) was actually co-creator Mark Frost’s father IRL, Warren Frost.
He passed away in February 2017.
52. Steven Spielberg was going to direct the Season 2 premiere until David Lynch decided to do it himself.
When Mark Frost told David about the idea, Lynch said, “No, no. I think I’ll direct the first one. Maybe he can direct later in the season.”
53. And Diane Keaton directed an episode.
Season 2, Episode 15 to be exact.
58. Michael J. Anderson (the Man From Another Place) actually knew how to speak backwards before being cast in the show – he learned how to do it as a kid.
Lynch had hired a coach to help learn how to speak backwards, but it turned out he didn’t need one — and so Lynch wrote more complicated dialogue.
60. In the original script for Season 2, Episode 22, Bob played a demonic dentist in the Black Lodge.
62. A Japanese company even tried to buy the log from her.
But she didn’t sell it to them and she kept it until her death in 2015 (where it currently resides now remains a mystery).
71. There were three books in total made as companion pieces to the show: The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, The Autobiography of F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes, and Welcome to Twin Peaks: An Access Guide to the Town.
72. The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer was written by Jennifer Lynch, David Lynch’s daughter.
73. And it was No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list for six weeks and sold half a million copies.
76. Dale Cooper’s favorite book is The Warren Commission Report: The Official Report of the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
79. The zip code for Twin Peaks is 98065.
84. In Episode 6, the book on Cooper’s nightstand is Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
87. Queen Elizabeth II was (and probably still is?) a big fan of the show.
According to Paul McCartney, she left her own party at Buckingham Palace because Twin Peaks was on and she wanted to watch.
88. The entire theme song has lyrics.
The song is called “Falling” and is sung by Julee Cruise — she actually sings parts of the song during the bar scene in the pilot episode.
90. Although the show was shot all on the West Coast, the music was made in New York.
In a little studio called Excalibur (that no longer exists).
91. The music for the pilot was also written without the musicians ever having seen any footage.
Musician Kinny Landrum (synthesizer) said, “We never scored the picture; that was all laid in after the fact.”
92. “Laura Palmer’s Theme” was created by David Lynch whispering and talking in Angelo Badalamenti’s ear as he played a keyboard.
Lynch pretty much just described a moody, woodsy scene. And it only took 20 minutes to write!
93. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Sherilyn Fenn admitted she didn’t know how to do the famous cherry stem trick and switched an already tied one hidden in her mouth. However, Mädchen Amick demonstrated in several TV interviews that SHE can do it very easily.
94. The impact of Twin Peaks was so big that both Saturday Night Live and Sesame Street parodied it.
95. The episode “Lisa’s Sax” of The Simpsons has a scene of Homer watching Twin Peaks.
He’s watching the Giant, who appears to Agent Cooper in visions, dancing with a white horse, that has also appeared to the Palmers throughout the show.
98. Many fans believe that Robert Forster, who, legend has it, was offered the part of Harry S. Truman originally, will play a character introduced in The Secret History of Twin Peaks named Frank Truman. Yes…Harry S. Truman’s brother.
And fuel was added to this fan fire during a recent Reddit AMA where Mark Frost revealed that we’ll get to “meet” Frank in the new season.
Facts for this post have been sourced from Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks and The Secret History of Twin Peaks: A Novel unless otherwise noted.