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Katharine Hepburn
 Roles turned down by Katharine Hepburn:

7 Women
John Ford initially offered the role of Dr. Cartwright to Hepburn, but she was unavailable.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

The Age of Innocence
Hepburn turned down the role of the Countess Ellen Olenska in this first film adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel.
Actor who got the part: Irene Dunne

B. F.'s Daughter
The star decided against playing the only daughter of a wealthy industrialist in this MGM film.
Actor who got the part: Barbara Stanwyck

Bloomer Girl
This movie was supposed to be made in the 1960's with Shirley MacLaine as Evalina and Hepburn as her Aunt Dolly Bloomer, who designed the famous Bloomer pants. The movie of the Broadway musical was not made.
Actor who got the part: None

The Blue Bird
According to IMDB, Katharine Hepburn dropped out of this movie before filming began.

The Children's Hour
Hepburn and Doris Day were reportedly offered parts in this remake. Both declined, giving way to Audrey and Shirley.

Dark Victory
According to Rudy Behlmer's Memo from David O. Selznik, RKO was going to buy the rights for the play to make a movie with Hepburn in 1935. The play was later sold to Warner Brothers and Davis was cast as Judith Traherne instead.
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Spencer Tracy thought Katharine Hepburn should play both Beatrix and Ivy.
Actor who got the part: Lana Turner, Ingrid Bergman

Edward, My Son
Hepburn was originally supposed to star in this movie.
Actor who got the part: Deborah Kerr

Forever, Darling
Neither Hepburn nor Spencer Tracy liked the script MGM offered them about the marital problems of a bickering couple.
Actor who got the part: Lucille Ball

Gone with The Wind
Katharine Hepburn was considered to play Scarlett but producers felt that she didn't fit the role at that time.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

The Gorgeous Hussy
Before MGM obtained the rights, RKO planned to make this film with Katharine Hepburn as the innkeeper's daughter Margaret O'Neal.
Actor who got the part: Joan Crawford

The Great Lie
Bette Davis wanted Katharine Hepburn to play opposite her, as the imperious concert pianist Sandra Kovak, in this Warner Bros melodrama.
Actor who got the part: Mary Astor

Green Dolphin Street
Had been considered the frontrunner to star in the MGM drama.
Actor who got the part: Lana Turner

How Green Was My Valley
Great director William Wyler had planned to make this film with Hepburn in the role of "Angharad." Wyler instead went off to do "The Little Foxes."
Actor who got the part: Maureen O'Hara

Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Katharine was offered the role of Miriam Deering but she turned it down.
Actor who got the part: Olivia De Havilland

Little Women
According to A Scott Berg's biography of Hepburn, she was offered the role of Aunt March in the 3rd film version (Hepburn had played Jo in the first one). She declined, saying she could not be better than Edna Mae Oliver in the '33 version.
Actor who got the part: Mary Wickes

The Lost Weekend
Katharine Hepburn was director Billy Wilder's first choice for the role of Helen, the girlfriend of alcoholic Don Birnam, but Hepburn had signed on to do Without Love and declined the part.
Actor who got the part: Jane Wyman

Madame Curie
MGM considered Hepburn to star as the title character, the scientist who discovered radioactivity.
Actor who got the part: Greer Garson

The Matchmaker
This film was originally planned to re-team Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
Actor who got the part: Shirley Booth

A Matter of Time
Vincente Minnelli first wanted Hepburn to co-star as the Countess Sanziani in what would turn out to be the director's final movie ... and biggest flop.
Actor who got the part: Ingrid Bergman

The Millionairess
Hepburn was a fan of George Bernard Shaw and wanted to film his play. A script was specially prepared for her but financing was never obtained.
Actor who got the part: Sophia Loren

Mother Carey's Chickens
Katharine Hepburn actually bought out her contract with RKO so she would not be forced to appear in this film.

Mourning Become Electra
Hepburn wanted to be cast as Lavinia Mannon but MGM did not want to make the movie.
Actor who got the part: Rosalind Russell

The Night of The Iguana
Katharine Hepburn turned down the role of artist Hanna Jelkes.
Actor who got the part: Deborah Kerr

Of Human Bondage (1934)
Katharine Hepburn declined the role of the cockney waitress Mildred Rogers.
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

A Pocketful of Miracles
Hepburn, along with several other actresses, rejected this role in Frank Capra's last movie.
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

Reap The Wild Wind
Katharine Hepburn was offered the role of Southern belle Loxi Claiborne and declined it.
Actor who got the part: Paulette Goddard

Rosie
Universal bought the rights to Ruth Gordon's play "A Very Rich Woman" for Hepburn. Gordon had co-written "Adam's Rib" and "Pat and Mike," but Hepburn--despite a long friendship with Gordon--wasn't interested in this material.
Actor who got the part: Rosalind Russell

Shane
Katharine Hepburn was said to be considered for the role of Marian Starrett.
Actor who got the part: Jean Arthur

Ship of Fools
Katharine Hepburn turned down the part of the lonely aging divorcee Mary Treadwell in this Stanley Kramer drama.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Summer and Smoke
In an AFI interview, Katharine Hepburn says that she was interested in playing Alma in this film, but producer Hal Wallis reportedly would not pay what she asked.
Actor who got the part: Geraldine Page

Toys in The Attic
Considered for the part of Carrie Berniers.
Actor who got the part: Geraldine Page

Travels with My Aunt
Was to star for her longtime director collaborator George Cukor as the elderly eccentric world traveler. She walked off the project when Cukor refused to cast actress Joy Bang as the hippie "Tooley."
Actor who got the part: Maggie Smith

The West Side Waltz
Katharine Hepburn was considered to repeat her stage performance of Margaret Mary Elderdice in the made for TV movie based on a play by Ernest Thompson.
Actor who got the part: Shirley MacLaine

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Was considered to play "Jane Hudson".
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

Whitewater
Whitewater was a proposed co-starring film for Bette Davis and Katharine Hepburn that was announced in 1977, but never made.
Actor who got the part: Film Not Made

The Wind and the Lion
The role of Eden Pedecaris was originally intended for Hepburn.
Actor who got the part: Candice Bergen

A Woman of Distinction
Katharine Hepburn was considered for this film when it was to be made by Frank Capra.
Actor who got the part: Rosalind Russell






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