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Audrey Hepburn
 Roles turned down by Audrey Hepburn:

40 Carats
After Robin and Marian she was offered the leading role in this project. She declined it saying she was too old for it.
Actor who got the part: Liv Ulmann

Beloved Infidel
The "Hollywood Reporter" December 1958 issue states that producer Jerry Wald considered casting Audrey Hepburn and then husband Mel Ferrer as reporter Graham and writer S. Fitzgerald for this movie.
Actor who got the part: Deborah Kerr

The Best Pace to Be, Tv Movie
Turned down the part in this tv miniseries.
Actor who got the part: Donna Reed

The Best Place to Be
Producer Ross Hunter offered Audrey this television film about a widow who is having an affair with a younger man.
Actor who got the part: Donna Reed

The Birds
Alfred Hitchcock and screenwriter Evan Hunter considered Audrey Hepburn a perfect actress to play spoiled, beautiful playgirl "Melanie Daniels."
Actor who got the part: 'Tippi' Hedren

Bonjour Tristesse
Otto Preminger wanted Audrey for the main role in this movie based on Sagan's best seller. She lost to Jean Seberg, who finally got the part.
Actor who got the part: Jean Seberg

Brandy for The.......
In her British chapter, in the early 50's, she was supposed to play a role in this production, later cancelled.
Actor who got the part: Project Was Dismissed.

A Bridge Too Far
Hepburn was originally cast as Kate Ter Horst but wanted too much $$.
Actor who got the part: Liv Ulmann

The Brothers Karamazov
Audrey Hepburn was MGM's top choice for the lead, but Paramount wouldn't release her. the former studio regretted her non casting and moved on with a production that did not work enough.
Actor who got the part: Maria Schell

The Cardinal
Otto Preminger wanted Audrey Hepburn for the female leading role, opposite Tom Tryon. She had to decline due to pregnancy.
Actor who got the part: Carol Lynley

A Certain Smile
Hepburn rejected the role of Dominique Vallon in this film.
Actor who got the part: Christine Carere

Cleopatra (1963)
Audrey Hepburn was considered when Taylor was dying of pneumonia.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth Taylor

The Collector
William Wyler, who directed her in Roman Holiday, had a first thought to cast Audrey for the lead in this production.
Actor who got the part: Samantha Eggar

Conversation Piece
Famous italian director Visconti wanted Hepburn for the role of the Marquise, opposite Burt Lancaster. She declined, due to a character much post-modern, inconvenient to her cinema image.
Actor who got the part: Silvana Mangano

Cria Cuervos
Spanish director Carlos Saura had Hepburn in mind for a part in this famous movie, particularly because she was fluent in Spanish, was an excellent actress, and had commonalities with that culture, through marriage with Mel Ferrer.
Actor who got the part: Geraldine Chaplin

Darling Lili
Blake Edwards, who directed Audrey in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in 1961, thought that even if he had cast her for this production (something he wanted dearly), things would have failed, as they did. Time for commedies like this had come to an end by 1970 and beyond.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews

The Diary of Anne Frank
She said the role reminded her about her own life and consequently would be too hard to perform it.
Actor who got the part: Millie Perkins

Doctor Zhivago
In 1965, David Lean eagerly pursued Audrey for the role of Zhivago's wife, but she didn't want to work with someone so exact as him.
Actor who got the part: Geraldine Chaplin

Dr. No
Producers wanted Audrey Hepburn to play the Bond girl "Honey Rider", but the studio wanted an unknown actress for the role.
Actor who got the part: Ursula Andress

Exodus
Otto Preminger had plans to hire Hepburn for Kitty Fremont's role, opposite Paul Newman. She had other commitments before hand.
Actor who got the part: Eva Marie Saint

The Exorcist
William Friedkin wanted her for the role of the Mother. She would accept if the film was shot in Rome, where she was living at the time. It was shot in the U.S.
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn

Fanny
Audrey turned down the role of Fanny in Joshua Logan's second attempt to direct her in a film (the first had been in "Sayonara").
Actor who got the part: Leslie Caron

Father Goose
Cary Grant, her co-star in Charade, wanted Audrey for the teacher leading role in Father Goose. Audrey had other commitments.
Actor who got the part: Leslie Caron

Ferdinand and Isabella
Audrey Hepburn would play Queen Isabella in Mel Ferrer's production (he wanted to act Columbus' part), that was finally cancelled due to financial shortages.
Actor who got the part: Movie Was Cancelled

Giant
Director George Stevens thought of Audrey, before casting Taylor. the idea was dismissed since she was considered "too sophisticated"
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth Taylor

Gigi
She declined the movie version after exhausting from a long season acting the same piece on Broadway.
Actor who got the part: Leslie Caron

Goodbye, Mr. Chips
She was initially considered for the role, particularly because of chemistry working with O'Toole (How to steal a million), and success in a musical such as My Fair Lady. Herbert Ross, director, and herself, turned the idea down.
Actor who got the part: Petula Clark

The Graduate
Audrey Hepburn wanted to play the part of Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Hawaii
She did not comme to financial terms with the studio, so she declined Fred Zinnemann's offer. Later on, the movie was shot under George Roy Hill's direction.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews

House of Mist
Hal Wallis bought the rights for this Paramount production to author M. Luisa Bombal, thinking Audrey Hepburn for the lead. Bombal later declined the idea.
Actor who got the part: Movie Was Cancelled

In The Cool of The Day
Audrey Hepburn declined the part of a young dying woman in this film.
Actor who got the part: Jane Fonda

The Inn of The Sixth Happiness
Audrey turned down the role to rest up before starting "the Nun's Story"
Actor who got the part: Ingrid Bergman

The L-Shaped Room
Another Hepburn 'could have been' vehicle which went to Caron.
Actor who got the part: Leslie Caron

Lady Godiva Rides Again
Hepburn tested for this role in her early career but was thought to be too thin.
Actor who got the part: Pauline Stroud

The Lavender Hill Mob
Audrey was originally considered for a bigger role in this film, but she had other commitments.

Les Demoiselles de Rochefort
French director Jacques Demy wanted Hepburn and Bardot for this production. Finally Deneuve and real sister Dorleac, were hired to perform as sisters!.
Actor who got the part: Catherine Deneuve

Limelight
Charles Chaplin considered Audrey Hepburn as the protegee ballerina in this tragic film. Claire Bloom was cast reportedly without knowing a single ballet motion.
Actor who got the part: Claire Bloom

Lumiere
The part of Sarah was written by Moreau for Hepburn. When Hepburn declined, Moreau played the part herself.
Actor who got the part: Jeanne Moreau

Man's Favorite Sport
Hawks wanted Audrey and Cary for this shooting, but they were unavailable.
Actor who got the part: Paula Prentiss

Marjorie Morningstar
In 1957 she was serious candidate for the title role of this movie, along with Elizabeth Taylor. Chances fell on Natalie wood.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Mayerling
In 1969, Mel Ferrer wanted his wife to work along with him in this production. the project was cancelled, basically because the couple filed divorce charges. Finally, Omar Sharif, Ava Gardner and Deneuve herself were casted.
Actor who got the part: Catherine Deneuve

The Miracle Worker
Studio wanted her for the demanding role of Anne Sullivan, Helen Keller's teacher and mentor. Arthur Penn, director, said no.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Mission: Impossible II
Despite the fact Audrey Hepburn passed away in 1993, current director John Woo considered her profile for the leading role in this movie.This shows how influential she still is!
Actor who got the part: Thandie Newton

Myra Breckinridge
Audrey Hepburn turned down the title role.
Actor who got the part: Raquel Welch

Napoleon
Stanley Kubrick wanted especially Audrey Hepburn to play leading feminine role in this production. She declined. There is a letter supporting this, that appeared in several media in 2004.
Actor who got the part: Movie Was Cancelled.

Nicholas and Alexandra
Offered and declined because she wanted to be more at home, raising her children.
Actor who got the part: Janet Suzman

No Bail for the Judge
Hitchcock hired her for the leading role, but she got pregnant and stepped down.
Actor who got the part: Movie Was Cancelled

Noises Off
Peter Bogdanovich wanted to work with Audrey again after "They All Laughed" (1981) so he tried to talk Audrey into doing this film.
Actor who got the part: Carol Burnett

Ondine
Hepburn starred in the Broadway production but Mel Ferrer, Audrey's husband at the time, and director of the play, wanted control of the film and the project fell apart.
Actor who got the part: Movie Was Cancelled

One Step More
After completion of "Two for the road" in France, Audrey moved alone to Hollywood, to start "One step more" with Rossano Brazzi. Once there, the project was cancelled.
Actor who got the part: Project Was Cancelled.

Out of Africa
Audrey Hepburn turned down the lead role before it went to Meryl Streep.

Peter Pan
Walt disney, who first shot a cartoon version of this story, put all his influence at work for a real acting version not to be produced.
Actor who got the part: The Movie Was Cancelled.

The Pink Panther (1963)
Blake Edwards, who had just directed her in "Breakfast at Tiffany's", wanted her participation in the role of the Princess. Project fell apart.
Actor who got the part: Claudia Cardinale

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
20th Century Fox wanted Audrey for the lead role, but in the end it went to Maggie Smith.
Actor who got the part: Maggie Smith

Quo Vadis
Alec Guinnes recommended her for the part, but director Mervyn Le Roy said she wasn't known enough. Plop!.
Actor who got the part: Deborah Kerr

Richard's Things
At the peak of her career, in 1968, stepping down after completion of "Wait until dark", Audrey was offered the lead in this production. A lesbian role, much in the line of "the children's hour": human and intense. Her withdrawal was irreversible, however.
Actor who got the part: Liv Ullman

Roman Holiday II
In the 70's, Paramount structured a sequel to the first part of this movie. Audrey would be queen now, and Gregory, a famous writer. The production never took place.

Rugged Land of Gold
Howard Hawks wanted fondly to direct Audrey in this western, particularly because of mutual admiration. However,her always heavy working schedule froze the project.
Actor who got the part: Project Was Cancelled

Saint Joan
Audrey Hepburn was offered the title role in this film by director Otto Preminger.
Actor who got the part: Jean Seberg

Sayonara
Joshua Logan wanted Audrey to play leading role of japanese girl,opposite Brando, but she declined.
Actor who got the part: Miko Taka

Six Weeks
Hepburn was considered for the role of Charlotte.
Actor who got the part: Mary Tyler Moore

Song of Norway
It was reported in 1968 (The Hollywood Reporter) that Audrey and Richard Burton would pair together in this project. They didn't.
Actor who got the part: Movie Was Cancelled

The Sound of Music
Before the final version, Paramount bought the rights and thought of Hepburn for the leading role. She declined.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews

South Pacific
Joshua Logan considered top actress of the time Audrey Hepburn for leading role.
Actor who got the part: Mitzi Gaynor

Spartacus
Stanley Kubrick's number one actress Audrey Hepburn, was originally thought to play Varinia in this epic. Agreement didn't show up, and Stanley tried to cast her later, in "Napoleon",project that didn't work out either.
Actor who got the part: Jean Simmons

Summer and Smoke
Producer Hal Wallis and playwright Tennessee Williams visiteed Audrey at her home in Switzerland in 1955 to discuss casting her as Alma in the film version of Williams' play. Negotiations soon broke down and Geraldine Page finally starred in the film six years later, repeating her stage role.
Actor who got the part: Geraldine Page

The Sun Also Rises
Hepburn was offered the role of Lady Brett but felt it was too risque of a role for her.
Actor who got the part: Ava Gardner

A Taste of Honey
Hollywood producers told british director Tony Richardson to cast Hepburn for the leading role, otherwise they wouldn't finance it. He chose an unknown actress anyway. Pity!.
Actor who got the part: Rita Tushingham

The Ten Commandments
Cecil B. de Mille wanted Audrey Hepburn for the role of Queen Nefretiri, but she lacked the figure to fill silk gowns the role strongly required.
Actor who got the part: Anne Baxter

The Thorn Birds
Audrey was first offered this mini-series playing the part of Fiona 'Fee' Cleary, The part was eventually played by Jean Simmons, who won an Emmy in the role.
Actor who got the part: Jean Simmons

A Thousand Summers
Hepburn was offered the lead in this movie of Garson Kanin's novel, but it was never made.
Actor who got the part: None

The Turning Point
Hepburn was offered the role of Emma Jacklin, but only wanted to do the film with Grace Kelly as her co-star. Kelly declined the film, and all others, due to the people in Monoco not wanting her to be an actress. So Audrey did not do the film either.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Vertigo
Hepburn expressed an interest in playing the dual roles of Judy and Madeleine.
Actor who got the part: Kim Novak

West Side Story
Directors Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise wanted Hepburn for the role of Maria, but she declined, due to other commitments.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood






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» The Nun's Story
» Roman Holiday
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» Two for The Road
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» Wait Until Dark
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