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Greta Garbo
 Roles turned down by Greta Garbo:

Airport 1975
Garbo was offered a part in the film but found it boring to play "an aged actress".
Actor who got the part: Gloria Swanson

The Divorcee
Greta Garbo dropped out of the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Norma Shearer

Flesh and Fantasy
Garbo was wanted for a role in this all-star omnibus film by director Julien Duvivier, but declined.
Actor who got the part: Unknown

I Remember Mama
Garbo turned down the role of the Norwegian matriarch at the same time she turned down Alfred Hitchcock's "The Paradine Case." She is reported to have said, "No murderesses, no mamas."
Actor who got the part: Irene Dunne

La Duchesse de Langeais
Garbo shot screen tests for this comeback film in 1948 but the producers could not raise funding and it was abandoned.
Actor who got the part: Film Never Made

Madame Curie
In 1938, Garbo was announced to star as the title character, the female scientist who discovered radioactivity. But the project was shelved.
Actor who got the part: Greer Garson

Mourning Becomes Electra
Katharine Hepburn asked MGM to cast her as Lavinia and Garbo as her mother Christine Mannon, but this did not happen.
Actor who got the part: Katina Paxinau

My Cousin Rachel
Garbo relented at the last minute and the role went to Olivia de Havilland.
Actor who got the part: Olivia De Havilland

Out of Africa
As early as the 50's, Orson Welles wanted to produce a film about Blixen's best selling novel, starring Garbo.
Actor who got the part: Meryl Streep

The Paradine Case
Master director Alfred Hitchcock was among the many who tried to lure Garbo out of retirement to star as the beautiful, treacherous, unfaithful Mrs. Paradine.
Actor who got the part: Alida Valli

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Garbo inexplicably showed interest in playing the title character in this 1945 MGM film, as a comeback role. Billy Wilder used this idea for his film Fedora, the story of a seemingly ageless actress.
Actor who got the part: Hurd Hatfield

Red Dust
Garbo was attached to an earlier script that concentrated more on Vantine's story.
Actor who got the part: Jean Harlow

Red Headed Woman
MGM initially planned to star Garbo as Lil Andrews.
Actor who got the part: Jean Harlow

Saint Joan
According to many sources around 1945, Gabriel Pascal attempted to film a motion picture adaptation of George B. Shaw's "St. Joan", but the film wasn't made until the 1950s.
Actor who got the part: Jean Seberg

The Ship From Shanghai
Garbo turned down the lead role of Dorothy Daley in this film.
Actor who got the part: Kay Johnson

Sunset Blvd.
Garbo was the first actress approached but she declined the role of Norma Desmond.
Actor who got the part: Gloria Swanson

That Lady
Garbo was the first choice for the role of Ana De Mendoza, but she declined it.
Actor who got the part: Olivia De Havilland

Tiger Skin
In 1928, MGM announced Garbo would play a woman who hypnotizes men in a screenplay written by Elinor Glyn, who had written it for Clara Bow. Garbo rejected it and the film was not made.
Actor who got the part: Film Not Made

Tovarich
Eager to give light comedy a try, Garbo supposedly asked MGM's top brass to purchase the rights to this Broadway hit. Warner Brothers snapped up the property before MGM got their hands on it.
Actor who got the part: Claudette Colbert

The Trouble with Angels
The producer offered Greta Garbo $1 million to play the Mother Superior.
Actor who got the part: Rosalind Russell

Women Love Diamonds
After the success of Flesh and the Devil, Garbo refused this film.
Actor who got the part: Pauline Starke






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