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Angela Lansbury
 Roles turned down by Angela Lansbury:

All About Eve
Lansbury was considered for the role of Miss Caswell.
Actor who got the part: Marilyn Monroe

Anna Christie
There was talk in the 1940's of remaking this role with Lansbury as Anna Christie, but it did not happen.
Actor who got the part: No One

Butterflies Are Free
Lansbury (along with Ingrid Bergman and Olivia de Havilland) was one of the three major contenders for this role, but in the end Eileen Heckart repeated her stage success and won an Oscar.
Actor who got the part: Eileen Heckart

The Corn Is Green
Lansbury wanted to be cast in the role of Bessie, but was not loaned out.
Actor who got the part: Joan Lorring

Easy to Wed
Lansbury was originally thought of for this role.
Actor who got the part: Lucille Ball

Forever Amber
Told Rex Reed that she was considered for the lead role, but added "What would I have done for bosoms?"
Actor who got the part: Linda Darnell

The Graduate
Angela Lansbury auditioned to play Mrs. Robinson.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

The Killing of Sister George
Angela Lansbury turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Beryl Reid

Mame
Lansbury was bypassed for the role of Mame Dennis in favor of the more box office friendly Lucille Ball. Miscast, the movie was a disaster.
Actor who got the part: Lucille Ball

Mary Poppins
Considered to play the stern nanny who helps change the life of the Banks family.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Angela Lansbury was considered for the role of Ratched.
Actor who got the part: Louise Fletcher

A Place in The Sun
Lansbury was one of the thirty actresses considered by the director, George Stevens, for the role of Alice Tripp.
Actor who got the part: Shelley Winters

Tea with Mussolini
Angela Lansbury was cast in this film but had to withdraw when her husband became ill.
Actor who got the part: Joan Plowright

The Three Musketeers
Lansbury begged MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer to let her play the Lady DeWinter part. He refused, insisting that she was better suited for the Queen Anne role--which Lansbury hated.
Actor who got the part: Lana Turner






Did you know that Angela Lansbury was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» Beauty and The Beast
» Bedknobs and Broomsticks
» The Harvey Girls
» The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
» Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris






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