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Rita Hayworth
 Roles turned down by Rita Hayworth:

The Barefoot Contessa
The part of Maria Vargas was supposedly written for (and inspired by the life of) Hayworth. She was offered the role and declined.
Actor who got the part: Ava Gardner

Born Yesterday
Columbia Pictures president Harry Cohn considered her a more suitable candidate to play "Billie Dawn" than Judy Holliday, who originated the role on Broadway.
Actor who got the part: Judy Holliday

Casablanca
First choice to play Ilsa.
Actor who got the part: Ingrid Bergman

Cleopatra
Rita Hayworth rejected the title role.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth Taylor

Dead Reckoning
The part of Coral was intended for Rita Hayworth, but she chose to make the Lady From Shanghai with estranged husband Orson Welles instead.
Actor who got the part: Lizabeth Scott

The Graduate
Rita Hayworth was considered for the role of Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Holiday
George Cukor had considered and tested her for the part of Katharine Hepburn's kid sister.
Actor who got the part: Doris Nolan

Human Desire
Hayworth failed to appear for work on the set and Columbia replaced her.
Actor who got the part: Gloria Grahame

The Maltese Falcon
Hayworth was considered for the role of Brigid O'Shaughnessy.
Actor who got the part: Mary Astor

The Petty Girl
Planned for Miss Hayworth but postponed when she got married to Orson Welles.
Actor who got the part: Joan Caulfield

Ramona
Rita Hayworth made a color screen test with Don Ameche and Gilbert Roland for the title role.
Actor who got the part: Loretta Young

Samson and Delilah
She was considered for the role of Delilah, but Columbia would not loan her out.
Actor who got the part: Hedy Lamarr

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Considered for the role of "Jane Hudson".
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis






Did you know that Rita Hayworth was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
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