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Barbra Streisand
 Roles turned down by Barbra Streisand:

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Streisand turned down the lead, feeling she was too young at the time.
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn

And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen...
Streisand turned down the part of a French singer (whose songs include some of Streisand's early standards) in Claude Lelouch's film.
Actor who got the part: Patricia Kaas

Bagdad Cafe
She reportedly didn't like the script enough to do it.
Actor who got the part: Marianne Sagebrecht

Bent Jane
Bent Jane was a project considered by Barbra Streisand in the 1970's. She would have played a change of pace role as a woman with the compulsion to kill.
Actor who got the part: Film Not Made

Big Business
The Sadie Ratliff/Sadie Sheldon part was written for Barbra Streisand, to play opposite Goldie Hawn, as the two sets of identical twins.
Actor who got the part: Bette Midler

Born Yesterday (1970s)
In the early 'Seventies, the actress-singer was rumored to star in a screen musical version of the famous play and the Judy Holliday-starring movie.
Actor who got the part: Project Abandoned

Cabaret
Streisand turned down an offer to do the film.
Actor who got the part: Liza Minnelli

Casino Royale (1967)
Barbra Streisand was supposed to have a cameo in Casino Royale.

Chicago
Producer Harvey Weinstein reportedly offered the musical to Streisand to direct, before securing Rob Marshall.
Actor who got the part: Rob Marshall

Cinderella Liberty
Barbra Streisand was originally considered to play the lead role, but Marsha Mason eventually beat her.
Actor who got the part: Marsha Mason

Company
The star was considered for the leading role in a film version of the groundbreaking Stephen Sondheim-George Furth Broadway musical; the original play is written for a male lead.
Actor who got the part: Film Was Never Made

Cross Creek
Martin Ritt said that the studio wanted him to cast Barbra Streisand as writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in this biopic, which he scoffed at. Ritt would later direct Streisand in Nuts.
Actor who got the part: Mary Steenburgen

The Devils
Streisand turned down the lead in this Ken Russell film, according to her 1977 Playboy interview.
Actor who got the part: Vanessa Redgrave

Diary of a Mad Housewife
Streisand turned down the Housewife role in the Frank Perry film, according to her 1977 Playboy interview.
Actor who got the part: Carrie Snodgrass

Diary of a Mad Playwright
In the 1990's Bette Midler tried to produce a film of James Kirkwood's play about touring with Carol Channing and Mary Martin in "Legends", to co-star Streisand.
Actor who got the part: Film Not Made

Evita
Streisand reportedly turned down an offer to star.
Actor who got the part: Madonna

The Exorcist
Barbra Streisand declined the role of the mother (Ellen Burstyn role).
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn

Eyes of Laura Mars
Originally attached to play the starring role of the fashion photographer who begins to "see" through the eyes of a killer.
Actor who got the part: Faye Dunaway

Frankie and Johnny
Director Gary Marshall went with the more glamourous Michelle Pfeiffer instead, though the original play starred Kathy Bates as the frump Frankie.
Actor who got the part: Michelle Pfeiffer

Freaky Friday (1976)
In his book "Barbra, the Way She Is", Christopher Andersen says Streisand was offered the Barbara Harris role in this body-switching Disney comedy.
Actor who got the part: Barbara Harris

Fur
Streisand held the option on the book by Patricia Bosworth about photographer Diane Arbus, at one point.
Actor who got the part: Nicole Kidman

Gloria
Barbra Streisand wanted to play the title role but the studio refused.
Actor who got the part: Gena Rowlands

The Happy Hooker
Barbra Streisand turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Lynn Redgrave

Heroes
Considered for the role of Carol Bell.
Actor who got the part: Sally Field

The Incredible Sarah
Ken Russell hoped to direct Streisand playing the legendary French actress Sarah Bernhardt, in the early 1970's. Richard Fleischer eventually made a Bernhardt biopic with Glenda Jackson in 1976.
Actor who got the part: Glenda Jackson

Julia
Barbra was pursued to play the legendary Lilian Hellman. the project also had Faye Dunaway attached to star as Julia. Jane Fonda won the role of Lilian and Vanessa won the Oscar for playing Julia.
Actor who got the part: Jane Fonda

King Kong (1976)
Barbra Streisand was considered for the role of Dwan.
Actor who got the part: Jessica Lange

Klute
Streisand was offered the role of Bree Daniels (call girl) in Klute.
Actor who got the part: Jane Fonda

Little Shop of Horrors
Barbra Streisand was considered for the role of Audrey.
Actor who got the part: Ellen Greene

Mask
Peter Bodganovich wanted either Barbra Streisand, Jane Fonda or Goldie Hawn for the lead role, before he cast Cher after he saw her performance in SILKWOOD.
Actor who got the part: Cher

The Merry Widow
Master director Ingmar Bergman approached Streisand in the early '70s with the prospect of directing her in a sumptuous film version of the tale of the wealthiest, most eligible woman in the kingdom of Marshovia. Bergman refused to rewrite the second half of his screenplay to suit her; Streisand refused to do the film.
Actor who got the part: Project Abandoned

Misery
Barbra Streisand turned down an offer to play the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Kathy Bates

Myra Breckinridge
Barbra Streisand was considered to play the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Raquel Welch

The Normal Heart
Streisand wanted to direct the film of Larry Kramer's play about AIDS, and play the role of wheelchair-bound Dr Emma Brookner, but could not get a studio interested in backing it.
Actor who got the part: Fim Never Made

Ocean's Twelve
George Clooney hoped to interest Streisand in making a cameo in this Steven Soderbergh sequel to Ocean's Eleven.
Actor who got the part: Role Not Taken

The Other Side of The Mountain
Considered for the role of Jill Kinmont.
Actor who got the part: Marilyn Hassett

Playing for Time
Streisand turned down the role of Jewish French singer Fania Fenelon who was a prisoner in Auschwitz concentration camp in the Arthur Miller penned made for TV movie.
Actor who got the part: Vanessa Redgrave

Pollock
Barbra Streisand was originally announced in the mid-1980s to co-star Robert De Niro and Barbra Streisand.
Actor who got the part: Marcia Gay Harden

Poltergeist
Barbra Streisand turned down an offer to star as the mother, "Diane Freeling".
Actor who got the part: JoBeth Williams

The Portrait of a Lady
Barbra Streisand was considered for the role of Serena and turned it down.
Actor who got the part: Barbara Hershey

Ruth
A biography of Ruth Snyder, the last woman to be executed in the electric chair, was a project proposed for Barbra Streisand in the 1970's.
Actor who got the part: Film Not Made

Saint Joan
According to the biography by Christopher Anderson ("Barbra: the Way She Is")- she was turned down for the lead because she was "too young".
Actor who got the part: Jean Seberg

Shadowlands
Barbra Streisnad was asked to direct and star in SHADOWLANDS but declined to pursue THE NORMAL HEART (which never got made).
Actor who got the part: Debra Winger

Skinny and Cat
A biography of photographer Margaret Bourke-White and writer Erskine Caldwell, written by Linda Yellen. the project was abandoned when Farrah Fawcett made a TV movie about Bourke-White first. Caldwell was to have been played by Robert Redford.
Actor who got the part: Film Never Made

Small Time Crooks
Turned down the role of "Frenchy," the former exotic dancer turned cookie maker, in director Woody Allen's comedy.
Actor who got the part: Tracey Ullman

Sophie's Choice
Streisand reportedly offered to play Sophie Zawistowska without pay.
Actor who got the part: Meryl Streep

Summer of '42
Barbra Streisand was up for the role of Dorothy.
Actor who got the part: Jennifer O'Neill

Sunset Boulevard (2008)
Streisand was interested in playing Norma Desmond in the film of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

Superman
Considered to play Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder

Tale of the Allergist's Wife
Charles Busch reported that Barbra Streisand had expressed interest in playing the title role in the film version of his Broadway comedy.
Actor who got the part: Film Not Made

Thelma & Louise
Barbra Streisand was also considered for the role of Louise Sawyer.
Actor who got the part: Susan Sarandon

They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Streisand turned down a chance to star in "They Shoot Horses Don't They."
Actor who got the part: Jane Fonda

Titanic
Barbra Streisand was considered for the role of Molly Brown.
Actor who got the part: Kathy Bates

To a Violent Grave
Streisand as Lee Krasner to Robert De Niro's Jackson Pollock. the film was proposed before Ed Harris' Pollock biopic, but never got off the ground, though De Niro and Streisand did later co-star in Meet the Fockers.
Actor who got the part: Film Never Made

The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal
Set in New York in 1911, this period disaster movie was proposed to co-star Streisand with Jane Fonda. A Made for TV movie was made instead on the subject.
Actor who got the part: Tovah Feldshuh

Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie
The star bitterly fought producer Ray Stark who wanted Streisand to star in the nostalgic costume musical.
Actor who got the part: Project Abandoned

The Way We've Changed
In spite of mutual interest from Streisand and Robert Redford, this sequel to the Way We Were never got off the ground because Streisand refused to work with producer Ray Stark again, who held the rights to the material.
Actor who got the part: Film Never Made

The White Hotel
Streisand chose to make Nuts with director Mark Rydell instead of a film of "The White Hotel" novel by D.M. Thomas, which had a screenplay by Dennis Potter. Streisand would have played an opera singer who is killed in Babi Yar. Rydell ultimately left the production of Nuts.
Actor who got the part: Film Never Made

White Oleander
Barbra Streisand turned down the role of Ingrid Magnussen. She was also asked to direct.
Actor who got the part: Michelle Pfeiffer

The Women (2008)
Around 1978, Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway and Jane Fonda were going to star in a remake of the 1939 classic, but it wasn't made until the 2000s.
Actor who got the part: Annette Bening

You Don't Bring Me Flowers
A film based on the hit duet by Neil Diamond and Streisand was proposed but plans fell through.
Actor who got the part: Film Not Made

The Young Lovers
In his book "Barbra, the Way She Is", Christopher Andersen claims that Streisand was offered this film, but turned it down to do the Broadway musical Funny Girl.
Actor who got the part: Sharon Hugueny






Did you know that Barbra Streisand was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
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» Hello Dolly!
» The Main Event
» Nuts
» The Owl and The Pussycat
» A Star Is Born (1976)
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