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Lena Horne
 Roles turned down by Lena Horne:

Hal B. Wallis reportedly considered making the piano-playing character Sam a female and casting Horne.
Actor who got the part: Dooley Wilson

Campaigned director Elia Kazan to play the role of a light-skinned black woman who returns to her grandmother's home in the South.
Actor who got the part: Jeanne Crain

Show Boat
The gorgeous, gifted Horne badly wanted the role of "Julie LaVerne," a tragic black singer who tries to pass for white.
Actor who got the part: Ava Gardner

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