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Diana Ross
 Roles turned down by Diana Ross:

The Bodyguard
Diana Ross was orginally cast for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Whitney Houston

The Color Purple
Ross was considered to play Shug Avery.
Actor who got the part: Margaret Avery

Cuba
Turned down the role of "Alexandra" opposite Sean Connery.
Actor who got the part: Brooke Adams

Diva
For years, Diana Ross tried to develop & star in the American remake of the French film, DIVA to no avail. The project stalled and never got off the ground.
Actor who got the part: Project Never Got Made

The Josephine Baker Story
Diana Ross tried for years to bring THE JOSEPHINE BAKER STORY to the big screen but the project stalled. Years later, the project was made into an HBO movie starring Lynn Whitfield.
Actor who got the part: Lynn Whitfield

Live and Let Die
Writer Tom Mankiweicz and director Guy Hamilton wanted Ross as Solitaire but studio execs insisted the character be a young, innocent white woman - as she was in Ian Fleming's original novel.
Actor who got the part: Jane Seymour

The Main Event
The moviemakers suggested to Ryan O'Neal that Ross should play the boxing manager/trainer. He told them he thought it was "ridiculous."
Actor who got the part: Barbra Streisand

A Star Is Born (1976)
Diana Ross was shown script according to the book Barbra: The Way She Is.

Tough Customers
Diana Ross and Gene Hackman were to have starred in TOUGH CUSTOMERS in the '70's but the project never got off the ground. Ross went on to make THE WIZ.
Actor who got the part: Project Never Got Made

The Witches of Eastwick
Diana refused the part of Alexandra because she didn't want to be part of an ensemble cast of women.
Actor who got the part: Cher






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