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Greer Garson
 Roles turned down by Greer Garson:

Airport '77
Garson was offered the role of Emily Livingston and declined it.
Actor who got the part: Olivia De Havilland

American Cavalcade
Garson was to be cast in this color film written by Carl Sandburg. It was to be a historical film from Plymouth Rock to WW II, with Garson playing many women. But it was not made. Producers at the time thought it would be her best role.

The Anniversary
According to the DVD commentary, Garson was the first choice for the role fo Mrs. Taggart in this bizarre "comedy."
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

Best Foot Forward
Garson had wanted to play in musical comedies like this one, but Lucille Ball was cast instead.
Actor who got the part: Lucille Ball

Blithe Spirit
Garson wanted to be cast as Elivira in this movie, but MGM would not loan her out.
Actor who got the part: Kay Hammond

Candida
Garson was supposed to make a film version of the Shaw play in the title role, but said she felt she had played lesser variations of the character already on the screen and the film was not made.
Actor who got the part: None

Edward, My Son
Garson was originally to be cast in this film, but ultimately was not.
Actor who got the part: Deborah Kerr

Magna Carta
Garson was supposed to be cast in this historical film in the early 1950s, but it was not made.
Actor who got the part: None

Murder By Death
Garson was offered the role of Dora Charleston (a spoof of Nora Charles from the Thin Man films) and declined it.
Actor who got the part: Maggie Smith

The Nanny
She was the first choice for the title role in this British suspense film.
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

The Pirate
In 1943 MGM considered Greer Garson to star as Manuela.
Actor who got the part: Judy Garland

The Rains Came
Proper Garson was to play the adulterous Lady Edwina Esketh, but she was not cast. Instead she played Mrs. Chips in Goodbye Mr. Chips and started the first of her wife-great lady roles.
Actor who got the part: Myrna Loy

Ziegfeld Follies
Garson turned down the part of Madame Crematon in the Great Lady Has An Interview sequence, which was re-worked as a musical number for Judy Garland.
Actor who got the part: Judy Garland






Did you know that Greer Garson was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» Madame Curie
» Mrs. Miniver
» Pride and Prejudice (1940)
» Random Harvest
» Sunrise at Campobello
» The Valley of Decision






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