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Jane Fonda
 Roles turned down by Jane Fonda:

The Birds
Jane Fonda was considered to play "Annie".
Actor who got the part: Suzanne Pleshette

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
Turned down the role of Carol.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Bonnie and Clyde
Jane Fonda turned down the role of Bonnie Parker.
Actor who got the part: Faye Dunaway

Bunny Lake Is Missing
Columbia Pictures wanted Jane Fonda for the role and, although Fonda wanted to play the mother of a missing child, director Otto Preminger had another actress in mind.
Actor who got the part: Carol Lynley

Cabaret
Jane Fonda was reportedly considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Liza Minnelli

Carnal Knowledge
Mike Nichols had spent six months looking for the right girl to play the part of Bobbie. He had considered and rejected Jane Fonda.
Actor who got the part: Ann-Margrett

Chinatown
Producers wanted Jane Fonda to play Evelyn Mulwray but director Roman Polanski insisted on Dunaway.
Actor who got the part: Faye Dunaway

Cinderella Liberty
Jane Fonda turned down the role of Maggie Paul due to creative differences.
Actor who got the part: Marsha Mason

Diamonds Are Forever
Jane Fonda turned down the role of Tiffany Case.
Actor who got the part: Jill St. John

Doctor Zhivago
Jane Fonda reportedly declined the part of Lara in David Lean's epic.
Actor who got the part: Julie Christie

Elizabethtown
Fonda was actually cast as Hollie Baylor but dropped out because of a delay in production.
Actor who got the part: Susan Sarandon

The Exorcist
She turned down the role of Chris MacNeill.
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn

Fahrenheit 451
Turned down the offer to star for Francois Truffaut in the movie version of Ray Bradbury's prescient novel.
Actor who got the part: Julie Christie

Fanny
Jane Fonda auditioned for the title role.
Actor who got the part: Leslie Caron

The FBI Story
Jane Fonda auditioned for the role of Lucy Ann Hardesty.
Actor who got the part: Vera Miles

Frances
Jane was considered for the role of actress Frances Farmer.
Actor who got the part: Jessica Lange

Fur
Jane Fonda had the option on the book by Patricia Bosworth about photographer Diane Arbus, at one point.
Actor who got the part: Nicole Kidman

Gangs of New York
Jane Fonda was one of several actors attached at some point.
Actor who got the part: Cameron Diaz

The Graduate
Jane Fonda not only turned down the part of Mrs Robinson, but also Elaine.

Havana
Jane Fonda turned down the role of Bobby Duran.
Actor who got the part: Lena Olin

Heaven's Gate
The star turned down the leading female role of "Ella Watson" in the Michael Cimino-directed movie that brought down an entire film studio.
Actor who got the part: Isabelle Huppert

Husbands and Wives
Jane Fonda was offered the part of Sally, but passed on the part after a disagreement with Woody Allen on the aesthetics of the character.
Actor who got the part: Judy Davis

Jagged Edge
Jane Fonda turned down the role of Teddy.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Kramer vs. Kramer
Jane Fonda turned down the role of Joanna Kramer.
Actor who got the part: Meryl Streep

Marnie
According to her autobiography, she wanted to play Lil Mainwaring.
Actor who got the part: Diane Baker

Music Box
According to the book "A Star Is Found", Jane Fonda turned down the part of Ann Talbot.
Actor who got the part: Jessica Lange

Network
Jane declined the role of Diana Christensen that won Faye Dunaway an Oscar.
Actor who got the part: Faye Dunaway

Norma Rae
Turned down the role of Norma Rae.
Actor who got the part: Sally Field

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

Parrish
Jane Fonda was tested for the leading female by director Joshua Logan, who left the project.
Actor who got the part: Connie Stevens

Rosemary's Baby
Turned down the role when director Roman Polanski's first choice, Tuesday Weld, refused to do a screen test.
Actor who got the part: Mia Farrow

Saint Joan
Jane Fonda auditioned to play Joan of Arc.
Actor who got the part: Jean Seberg

Silkwood
Jane Fonda turned down the lead role, because she did her own related film, "The China Syndrome".
Actor who got the part: Meryl Streep

Spanglish
Jane Fonda turned down an offer to play Deborah's mother.
Actor who got the part: Cloris Leachman

Splash
Jane Fonda was the first choice for the role of Madison.
Actor who got the part: Daryl Hannah

Splendor in the Grass
Screentested for director Elia Kazan to play the role of the fragile, troubled "Deanie."
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

The Stepford Wives
Jane Fonda turned down a role in the film.

A Summer Place
Jane Fonda auditioned for the role of Molly.
Actor who got the part: Sandra Dee

Tender Is The Night
According to the book, 'Memo from David O'Selznick...', Fonda was very keen on playing Rosemary Hoyt, in the film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel of the same name.
Actor who got the part: Jill St. John

An Unmarried Woman
Turned down the high-profile role of a woman who makes a new life for herself after being left by her husband.
Actor who got the part: Jill Clayburgh

Us
A proposed reunion for Jane, Robert Redford and director Sydney Pollack, with screenplay by Eric Roth. Jane would have played an archeologist who discovers the origins of man in a dig in Machu Picchu.
Actor who got the part: Film Unmade

Valley of The Dolls
Jane Fonda turned down the role of Nelly O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Patty Duke

West Side Story
Jane Fonda was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

The Women
Jane Fonda was cast in the role of Mary when the film was in development in the 1970s.
Actor who got the part: Meg Ryan






Did you know that Jane Fonda was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
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» Barefoot in the Park
» Cat Ballou
» The Chase
» The China Syndrome
» Fun with Dick and Jane (1977)
» In The Cool of The Day
» Julia
» Klute
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