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Norma Shearer
 Roles turned down by Norma Shearer:

Gone with the Wind
Norma Shearer turned down the role of Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Mrs. Miniver
Norma Shearer turned down the role of Kay Miniver.
Actor who got the part: Greer Garson

Now, Voyager
Norma Shearer was very much considered for the role of Charlotte Vale.
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

Old Acquaintance
Bette Davis wanted to play opposite Shearer, who turned it down.
Actor who got the part: Miriam Hopkins

Paid
Norma Shearer was too pregnant so Joan Crawford got the part.
Actor who got the part: Joan Crawford

The Shining Hour
MGM planned to star Norma Shearer in this adaptation of the Broadway Hit, but it took 3 years to get around to making the film, and Joan Crawford became the star.
Actor who got the part: Joan Crawford

Susan and God
MGM bought the successful play that starred the great Gertrude Lawrence as a property for Norma Shearer, Crawford's big rival at the studio.
Actor who got the part: Joan Crawford

The Torrent
Norma Shearer was involved with the director Monta Bell, and according to the Garbo biography by Barry Paris, had turned down the part of Leonora that became Garbo's American film debut.
Actor who got the part: Greta Garbo






Did you know that Norma Shearer was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» The Barretts of Wimpole Street
» The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934)
» The Divorcee
» A Free Soul
» Her Cardboard Lover
» Idiot's Delight
» Marie Antoinette (1938)
» Romeo and Juliet (1936)
» The Women






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