Roles turned down by Carole Lombard:
Carole Lombard was considered to play Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh
Director Howard Hawks offered the brilliant, beautiful actress the role of reporter "Hildy Johnson," but she turned it down.
Actor who got the part: Rosalind Russell
Turned down the role of the runaway bride and heiress.
Actor who got the part: Claudette Colbert
David O. Selznick originally bought the rights to the novel for Carole Lombard.
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine
Carole was offered the lead in this melodrama to be directed by Orson Welles, but she turned it down, and Welles refused to make the film without her.
Actor who got the part: Film Not Made
Joan Crawford stepped in after Lombard was killed in a plane crash. She then donated her entire salary to the American Red Cross, which had found Lombard's body.
Actor who got the part: Joan Crawford
Did you know that Carole Lombard was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)