Roles turned down by Lily Tomlin:
Lily Tomlin wanted to play the lead.
Actor who got the part: Liza Minnelli
Lily Tomlin was interested to play the lead.
Actor who got the part: Dolly Parton
Turned down the role of "Nurse Ratched."
Actor who got the part: Louise Fletcher
Lily Tomlin turned down the role of the mother.
Actor who got the part: JoBeth Williams
Lily Tomlin was considered to play Olive Oyl alongside Dustin Hoffman as Popeye.
Actor who got the part: Shelley Duvall
Lily Tomlin auditioned for the role of Dolly.
Actor who got the part: Cher
Told radio host Stephanie Miller that she lost the title role because it was feared that her comic persona would get in the way of believability.
Actor who got the part: Sally Field
Did you know that Lily Tomlin was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)