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Cybill Shepherd
 Roles turned down by Cybill Shepherd:

Blue Velvet
Considered for the role of Dorothy Valens.
Actor who got the part: Isabella Rossellini

Bull Durham
Turned down the role of Annie due to scheduling conflicts from TV series "Moonlighting".
Actor who got the part: Susan Sarandon

The Day of the Locust
Told by the director that she was too old for the part. Karen Black, who is even older, was the final choice.
Actor who got the part: Karen Black

Death on the Nile
She turned down the role of murder victim Linnet Doyle because she didn't want to spend "half the movie dead."
Actor who got the part: Lois Chiles

Family Plot
Cybill Shepherd wanted to work with Hitchcock but he preferred Karen Black.
Actor who got the part: Karen Black

The Getaway (1972)
Shepherd was to play "Carol Ainsley McCoy" when her then-boyfriend Peter Bogdanovich had been set to direct the heist thriller.
Actor who got the part: Ali MacGraw

The Godfather
Cybill Shepherd auditioned for the part of Kay.
Actor who got the part: Diane Keaton

The Great Gatsby
Refused to test for the Daisy role, saying "Can't they see I'm perfect for the part?!"
Actor who got the part: Mia Farrow

JFK
Was considered for the part of Liz Garrison.
Actor who got the part: Sissy Spacek

The Last Tycoon
Cybill Shepherd met with director Elia Kazan over lunch and reportedly made a bad impression when she tried to be humorous.
Actor who got the part: Ingrid Boulting

Nickelodeon
Cybill Shepherd reportedly turned down the role of Kathleen Cooke.
Actor who got the part: Jane Hitchcock

Serial Mom
Cybill Shepherd wanted the lead role but was told by John Waters that she didn't look enough like Ricki Lake to convincingly play her mother.
Actor who got the part: Kathleen Turner

A Star Is Born (1976)
Shepherd was one of a list of actresses considered for the role of Esther in this remake of the classic film.
Actor who got the part: Barbra Streisand

Travels with My Aunt
According to her autobiography, Shepherd did so poorly in a reading with George Cukor that Cukor advised her, "You can't play comedy; don't try it again."
Actor who got the part: Cindy Williams

Wolfen
Wore very high heels to audition for director Michael Wadleigh, thinking she'd look like the "Lauren Bacall type" he wanted. She lost the part to Diane Venora, who didn't look Bacall-ish either.
Actor who got the part: Diane Venora






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