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Patty Duke
 Roles turned down by Patty Duke:

The Graduate
Turned down the role of "Elaine" because she did not wish to work at the time.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Ross

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
In the late '60s, a "fancy schmancy European director" briefly courted Duke for the lead role before he moved on to Liza Minnelli--and then ultimately dropped out of the project. The script fell into other hands and wasn't filmed until the late '70s.
Actor who got the part: Kathleen Quinlan

Kramer Vs. Kramer
Patty Duke was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Meryl Streep

A Patch of Blue
Duke. after playing Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," was offered the great role of the young blind woman who has a relationship with a black man, but declined for fear of being stereotyped.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth Hartman

Pollyanna
Patty Duke auditioned for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Hayley Mills

Soapdish
Patty Duke was at one time announced to play the lead. The part was ultimately recast.
Actor who got the part: Sally Field

The Sound of Music
Patty Duke auditioned for one of the children's roles.

The Sterile Cuckoo
Offered the role of the offbeat, lonely "Pookie Adams" in the film directed by Alan J. Pakula.
Actor who got the part: Liza Minnelli

Sybil
Patty Duke auditioned for the lead role, in this classic TV film, but clashed with the director and the part was given to Sally Field instead.
Actor who got the part: Sally Field

The World of Henry Orient
Pursued for the role of freewheeling, neurotic young rich girl "Val."
Actor who got the part: Tippy Walker






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