Roles turned down by Myrna Loy:
Turned down the role of the Empress because she felt she had played enough similar roles early in her career.
Actor who got the part: Flora Robson
When production was delayed on this film due to Irene Dunne's husband being ill and she needing to be with him, the producers almost replaced her with Myrna Loy.
Actor who got the part: Irene Dunne
Loy was offered the part of Elvira, a part she felt she was "born to play," but MGM would not loan her out.
Actor who got the part: Kay Hammond
Loy and her frequent co-star William Powell turned down MGM's offer to star in this comedy about a long-married couple trying to resolve their relationship problems.
Actor who got the part: Lucille Ball
Turned down the role of the runaway heiress and bride.
Actor who got the part: Claudette Colbert
Had originally been cast in the comedy but MGM instead switched her into "Parnell" with Clark Gable when that film's original star Joan Crawford battled with the director.
Actor who got the part: Joan Crawford
Loy passed on producer Ross Hunter's invitation to play Estelle Anderson.
Actor who got the part: Constance Bennett
Myrna Loy turned down the role of Dora Charleston.
Actor who got the part: Maggie Smith
Did you know that Myrna Loy was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)