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Barbara Stanwyck
 Roles turned down by Barbara Stanwyck:

The Accused (1949)
Barbara Stanwyck was sought after for the part of Wilma Tuttle, a psychology professor who has committed murder.
Actor who got the part: Loretta Young

All About Eve
Producer Darryl F. Zanuck had Barbara Stanwyck in mind when he first read the script.
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

Belle Starr
According to Gene Tierney's autobiography, she was not the first cast in this part; she was cast after it was declined by Barbara Stanwyck.
Actor who got the part: Gene Tierney

British Agent
Barbara Stanwyck turned down the chance to act opposite Leslie Howard, saying that his role would have overshadowed hers.
Actor who got the part: Kay Francis

Cannery Row
Turned down the gutsy dame role of "Fauna," one of the most colorful denizens of Monterey, California.
Actor who got the part: Audra Lindley

Deception
Warner Bros originally purchased this property for Stanwyck to play the lead.
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

Foreign Correspondent
Alfred Hitchcock hoped to team the great Stanwyck with her "Meet John Doe" co-star Gary Cooper but was unable to get either of them.
Actor who got the part: Laraine Day

The Fountainhead
Urged Jack Warner to buy this popular novel to film with herself and Humphrey Bogart in the leads. Director King Vidor preferred Patricia Neal and Gary Cooper, remarked that Stanwyck wasn't "sexy enough."
Actor who got the part: Patricia Neal

Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Barbara Stanwyck turned down the showy supporting role of Jewel Mayhew.
Actor who got the part: Mary Astor

Johnny Guitar
Joan Crawford wanted either Bette Davis or Barbara Stanwyck to play the venomous rancher Emma Small opposite her in this Republic Pictures western, but the budget wouldn't allow for it.
Actor who got the part: Mercedes McCambridge

Lost Horizon (1937)
Turned down director Frank Capra's offer of the ageless, sweet beauty of mythical Shangri-La.
Actor who got the part: Jane Wyatt

Midnight
Scheduling problems kept the great Stanwyck from starring in what turned out to be a classic comedy for Claudette Colbert.
Actor who got the part: Claudette Colbert

Mildred Pierce
Pursued the Oscar-winning role of the woman abandoned by her philandering husband and rejected by her snobby, spoiled young daughter.
Actor who got the part: Joan Crawford

On Golden Pond
Miss Stanwyck campaigned hard for the role, and although Henry Fonda always called her his favorite leading lady and their previous collaborations resulted in classic films, Hepburn was more "commercial" at the time of filming and got the role.
Actor who got the part: Katharine Hepburn

Pal Joey
Stanwyck was thought of for the role of of Vera Simpson.
Actor who got the part: Rita Hayworth

Red Headed Woman
Barbara Stanwyck was considered by MGM for the part of the ambitious secretary who tries to sleep her way into high society.
Actor who got the part: Jean Harlow

Saboteur
Director Alfred Hitchcock wanted Barbara Stanwyck, who declined the role.
Actor who got the part: Priscilla Lane

Storm Center
After Mary Pickford withdrew from the production in 1952, producer Stanley Kramer went after Barbara Stanwyck for the role of small-town librarian Alicia Hull, but scheduling conflicts could not be resolved.
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

Sullivan's Travels
After her success in his comedy the Lady Eve, director Preston Sturges again wanted Barbara Stanwyck for this film.
Actor who got the part: Veronica Lake

This Earth Is Mine
Barbara Stanwyck turned down the lead.
Actor who got the part: Dorothy McGuire

Thunder Afloat
MGM wanted Barbara Stanwyck for the part of Susan Thorson but she was not available.
Actor who got the part: Virginia Grey

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Barbara Stanwyck was considered to play "Jane Hudson".
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis

Zorba the Greek
Barbara Stanwyck was offered the role when Simone Signoret withdrew, but was unable to be ready in time for the production.
Actor who got the part: Lila Kedrova






Did you know that Barbara Stanwyck was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» B. F.'s Daughter
» Ball of Fire
» Banjo on My Knee
» Blowing Wild
» Clash By Night
» Executive Suite
» The Gay Sisters
» Golden Boy
» The Lady Eve
» A Lost Lady
» Meet John Doe
» Roustabout
» Sorry, Wrong Number
» Stella Dallas
» Walk on The Wild Side






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