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Irene Dunne
 Roles turned down by Irene Dunne:

All This, and Heaven Too
Irene Dunne was first choice for the role of the governess Henriette Delusie Deportes, but Bette Davis returned from vacation and demanded the role.
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

All This and Heaven Too
Irene Dunne was set to play the governess until Davis decided the part should be hers.
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

Carrie (1952)
Dunne was considered for this role when it was to be made by RKO in the early 1940's, but she did not see how it could be made well without censoring the story and so declined it. As it was, it was not made for another 10 years.
Actor who got the part: Jennifer Jones

Come to The Stable
Young said she was supposed to be in the Celeste Holm French nun role of Sister Scholastica and Irene Dunne was meant to be cast in the role of Sister Margaret, in this Christmas classic. Instead Young played Sister Margaret.
Actor who got the part: Loretta Young

Gaslight
The brilliant, versatile Dunne turned down the role of "Paula."
Actor who got the part: Ingrid Bergman

Gigi
The five-time Oscar nominee declined Vincente Minnelli's invitation to play Aunt Alicia, preferring her retirement from acting and a new career as a special U.S. delegate to the United Nations.
Actor who got the part: Isabel Jeans

Gone with The Wind
Irene Dunne was considered to play Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

His Girl Friday
The brilliant and versatile major star turned down the role of the fast-talking newspaper reporter.
Actor who got the part: Rosalind Russell

Madame Curie
Dunne was supposed to be in a film made by Universal, but the rights were sold to MGM and Garson was cast.
Actor who got the part: Greer Garson

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
The director wanted to re-team Cary Grant with one of his most popular cosatrs Irene Dunne, but the brilliant star and actress was busy filming "I Remember Mama."
Actor who got the part: Myrna Loy

No Sad Songs for Me
One of the first two choices for the party of Mary Scott.
Actor who got the part: Margaret Sullavan

Now, Voyager
Producer Hal Wallis' first choice to play the repressed, intellectual Bostonian who transforms herself into a chic beauty and falls in love with a man she cannot have.
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

Old Acquaintance
2nd choice to play Kit Marlowe, after Rosalind Russell withdrew. Dunne withdrew while the script was being worked on by director Edmund Goulding.
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

The Sisters
Irene Dunne was first choice to play Louise Elliott in Anatole Litvak's drama.
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

The Swan
Declined the part of part of Grace Kelly's mother, the Queen.
Actor who got the part: Jessie Royce Landis

Valiant Is The Word for Carrie
Dunne turned down the title role.
Actor who got the part: Gladys George






Did you know that Irene Dunne was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» The Age of Innocence
» Anna and The King of Siam
» Cimarron
» I Remember Mama
» Life with Father






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