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Elizabeth Taylor
 Roles turned down by Elizabeth Taylor:

40 Carats
Her name was attached to this project until William Wyler bowed out as director and Milton Katselas took over.
Actor who got the part: Liv Ullmann

All The Brothers Were Valiant
Elizabeth Taylor auditioned to play the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Ann Blyth

The Ambassador
The lead role was originally offered to a woman. Elizabeth Taylor was set to star. Ultimately the project changed direction and the role was changed from female to a male one. Robert Mitchum was cast.
Actor who got the part: Robert Mitchum

Anne of the Thousand Days
Taylor begged producer Hal Wallis to give her the part of Anne Boleyn so she could keep a close eye on Richard Burton who was cast in the role of Henry VIII. Wallis thought she was much too old for the role and cast 26-year-old Genevieve Bujold instead.
Actor who got the part: Genevieve Bujold

The Barefoot Contessa
Before MGM loaned Ava Gardner for the lead, Elizabeth Taylor was also considered.
Actor who got the part: Ava Gardner

A Brief Vacation
Elizabeth Taylor was up for the lead part.
Actor who got the part: Florinda Bolkan

The Carpetbaggers
Taylor was attached to star when Eddie Fisher was set to produce it. When Fisher backed, Taylor also dropped out.
Actor who got the part: Carroll Baker

Darling
Elizabeth Taylor was the prototype for the lead role but was not cast.
Actor who got the part: Julie Christie

The Devil's Advocate (1977)
Elizabeth Taylor turned down an offer to star.
Actor who got the part: Stéphane Audran

Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
Elizabeth Taylor signed on to play Miss Adrian but backed.
Actor who got the part: Angie Dickinson

Fahrenheit 451
Elizabeth Taylor was considered for the film.
Actor who got the part: Julie Christie

Faithful
Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman were originally suggested to play the parts later taken up by Cher and Ryan O'Neal.
Actor who got the part: Cher

Follow Me!
Elizabeth Taylor was considered to play the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Mia Farrow

Gone with The Wind
She was considered for the role of Bonnie Blue Butler.
Actor who got the part: Cammie King

The Greatest Story Ever Told
Producer-Director George Stevens originally offered Elizabeth the part of Mary Magdalene but she declined due to scheduling difficulties.
Actor who got the part: Joanna Dunham

Green Mansions
Elizabeth Taylor turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Audrey Hepburn

Helen of Troy
Elizabeth Taylor was up to play Helen.
Actor who got the part: Rossana Podestà

Hello Dolly!
She was seriously considered for the leading role.
Actor who got the part: Barbra Streisand

High Society
Elizabeth Taylor was said to be the first choice for the part of Tracy Lord, but was unavailable.
Actor who got the part: Grace Kelly

International Velvet
The producers wanted Taylor to reprise her role in the sequel of the film that made a star.
Actor who got the part: Nanette Newman

Irma La Douce
When Monroe proved unavailable, Taylor was being considered for the role.
Actor who got the part: Shirley MacLaine

Jesus of Nazareth
Elizabeth Taylor was originally offered the part of Mary Magdalene in this 1977 Emmy-nominated TV miniseries.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

Justine
Elizabeth was to team for the first time with drector George Cuker in this film based upon the novel by Lawrence Durrell but script difficulties delayed the project and Elizabeth dropped out.
Actor who got the part: Anouk Aimée

Laurette
Director George Cukor contacted Taylor about starring in a biographical movie in which she would have played the legendarily talented, emotionally complex stage and film actress Laurette Taylor. Taylor's representatives declined the offer.
Actor who got the part: Film Was Never Made

The Loved One
Elizabeth Taylor wanted the part of Aimee.
Actor who got the part: Anjanette Comer

Mame
Rumored as one of the front-runners to star as the larger-than-life sophisticate in the movie version of the hit stage musical with songs by Jerry Herman.
Actor who got the part: Lucille Ball

Marjorie Morningstar
Originally, in 1956, Elizabeth Taylor was set to star.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

The Miracle Worker
The studio cut down the budget of the film because the director refused to cast either Taylor or Audrey Hepburn as Annie Sullivan.
Actor who got the part: Anne Bancroft

The Mirror Has Two Faces
Screenwriter Richard LaGravenese had Elizabeth Taylor in mind to play the mother of Barbra Streisand, but Streisand insisted on Bacall.
Actor who got the part: Lauren Bacall

My Fair Lady
Elizabeth Taylor wanted the lead badly and was reportedly next in line if Audrey dropped her participation.
Actor who got the part: Audrey Hepburn

Myra Breckinridge
Elizabeth Taylor was rumored to be in the running for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Raquel Welch

North By Northwest
Alfred Hitchcock considered the beautiful star as a possibility to play the mysterious and possibly dangerous leading lady in his suspense adventure classic.
Actor who got the part: Eva Marie Saint

Of Human Bondage
Taylor was too costly for the producers who were hoping to replace a "difficult" Novak with Taylor.
Actor who got the part: Kim Novak

Oliver!
Mentioned as a possibility to play "Nancy" in great director Sir Carol Reed's screen version of the stage musical hit.
Actor who got the part: Shani Wallis

The Owl and The Pussycat
Producer Ray Stark was hoping to sign up Elizabeth Taylor for the part of Doris, but she eventually turned him down.
Actor who got the part: Barbra Streisand

Quentin Durward
Elizabeth Taylor was considered to play the female lead role.
Actor who got the part: Kay Kendall

Quo Vadis
Liz was cast as Lygia, and in a fact worked as an extra on the film. She is listed on IMDB as Christian prisoner in arena.
Actor who got the part: Deborah Kerr

Roman Holiday
Paramount wanted Elizabeth Taylor for the role, before casting Audrey Hepburn.
Actor who got the part: Audrey Hepburn

Scaramouche
Elizabeth Taylor was originally supposed to have a role.
Actor who got the part: Janet Leigh

A Severed Head
Elizabeth Taylor was offered the role of Antonia and turned it down.
Actor who got the part: Lee Remick

Simón Bolívar
Elizabeth Taylor was considered for the lead role, but was rejected for not being too Latin for the part.
Actor who got the part: Rosanna Schiaffino

South Pacific
Director Joshua Logan considered Casting Taylor and dubbing her singing voice, as they did with several others in the movie.
Actor who got the part: Mitzi Gaynor

That Cold Day in The Park
Elizabeth Taylor rejected the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Sandy Dennis

This Property Is Condemned
Elizabeth Taylor turned down the starring role.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Two for the Seesaw
Elizabeth Taylor had been set to star but her illness while filming "Cleopatra" changed the plan. Others say she rejected the part because she didn't want to work with director Martin Ritt, who was briefly attached to the project. Robert Wise eventually directed.
Actor who got the part: Shirley MacLaine

Two Mules for Sister Sara
Taylor approached Clint Eastwood with the idea of their starring in the movie together; Universal refused to pay Taylor's whopping salary demands.
Actor who got the part: Shirley MacLaine

The Visit
Elizabeth Taylor was rumored to be in line for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Ingrid Bergman

War and Peace
Before Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor was also considered for the film.
Actor who got the part: Audrey Hepburn

Young Bess
Was offered the lead role and turned it down.
Actor who got the part: Jean Simmons






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» Elephant Walk
» The Flintstones
» Giant
» Ivanhoe
» Little Women (1949)
» The Mirror Crack'd
» National Velvet
» The Sandpiper
» Suddenly, Last Summer
» The Taming of The Shrew
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