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Anne Bancroft
 Roles turned down by Anne Bancroft:

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
According to her autobiography, before Ellen was given the role of Alice Hyatt, Anne Bancroft was attatched to the project.
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn

The Birds
Screenwriter Evan Hunter had Anne Bancroft in mind to play the doomed schoolteacher "Annie Hayworth."
Actor who got the part: Suzanne Pleshette

The Exorcist
Bancroft turned down the role of Chris MacNeil (the mom) because she was pregnant.
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn

Fiddler on The Roof
According to producer Walter Mirisch, Anne turned down the role of Golde and he cast Norma Crane instead.
Actor who got the part: Norma Crane

The Godfather
Anne Bancroft refused Francis Ford Coppola's offer to star as the Corleone family matriarch.
Actor who got the part: Morgana King

The Last Hunt
Anne Bancroft was replaced as the Indian Girl after she was thrown from a horse and the injury caused her to withdraw from this MGM western.
Actor who got the part: Debra Paget

Mommie Dearest
Was originally set to portray 'Joan Crawford," but exited the project once she read the screenplay.
Actor who got the part: Faye Dunaway

Myra Breckinridge
The film version of Gore Vidal's scandalous and hilarious satiric novel was supposed to mark the reunion of the star with her "Graduate" director Mike Nichols.
Actor who got the part: Raquel Welch

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Anne Bancroft was considered for the role of Ratched.
Actor who got the part: Louise Fletcher

Spanglish
Anne Bancroft was originally cast as Tea Leoni's mother.
Actor who got the part: Cloris Leachman

Terms of Endearment
Anne Bancroft was considered for the role of Aurora Greenway in Terms of Endearment.
Actor who got the part: Shirley MacLaine

Two for The Seesaw
Anne Bancroft originated the role of Gittel Mosca, a Greenwich Village dancer, on Broadway in 1959, and won the Tony award, but was passed over for the film.
Actor who got the part: Shirley MacLaine






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