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Ava Gardner
 Roles turned down by Ava Gardner:

Appointment with Death
Gardner accepted this part but had to reject it later for health reasons.
Actor who got the part: Piper Laurie

Carrie (1952)
Ava Gardner was lobbying for the lead role but was rejected.
Actor who got the part: Jennifer Jones

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Considered for the lead role of Maggie the Cat.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth Taylor

Cleopatra
Ava Gardner turned down the film "Cleopatra" according to her biography.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth Taylor

Giant
Ava Gardner turned down the lead role.

The Graduate
Ava Gardner flew in for an interview, but reportedly was drunk at the interview and they withdrew offer.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Green Fire
Ava Gardner was originally cast as "Catherine Knowland".
Actor who got the part: Grace Kelly

Hot Blood
Nicholas Ray wanted Gardner for the lead role but wasn't available.
Actor who got the part: Jane Russell

How Do I Love Thee?
Both Ava and Lana Turner turned down the female roles in this Jackie Gleason comedy.
Actor who got the part: Shelley Winters

Ivanhoe
Ava Gardner was offered the part of Rebecca but passed.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth Taylor

Love Me or Leave Me
Gardner turned down the part that Doris Day eventually played. George Cukor also turned down the directing job.
Actor who got the part: Doris Day

The Pink Panther (1963)
The ravishingly beautiful, tempestuous star accepted the role of "Simone Clouseau," but the producers refused to meet her personal and salary demands.
Actor who got the part: Capucine

Sweet Bird of Youth
Gardner was seriously considered for the role of Alexandra Del Lago, but eventually declined the offer.
Actor who got the part: Geraldine Page






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