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Debra Winger
 Roles turned down by Debra Winger:

The Accused
Debra Winger turned down the role of Sarah Tobias. She later claimed that "Jodie Foster is better actress than me".
Actor who got the part: Jodie Foster

American Gigolo
Debra Winger turned down the role of Michelle Straton.
Actor who got the part: Lauren Hutton

Arthur
Debra Winger turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Liza Minnelli

Basic Instinct
Debra Winger turned down the role of Catherine Tramell.
Actor who got the part: Sharon Stone

Batman
Auditioned for the role of Vicki Vale.
Actor who got the part: Kim Basinger

Batman Returns
Debra Winger was considered for the role of Catwoman.
Actor who got the part: Michelle Pfeiffer

Big
Winger was the first choice to play the lead role of Susan Lawrence, but she was pregnant at the time of filming.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth Perkins

Blue Velvet
Winger turned down the role of Dorothy Valens due to the erotic nature of the film.
Actor who got the part: Isabella Rossellini

Broadcast News
Holly Hunter's role in Broadcast News was written for Debra Winger. She dropped out because she was pregnant.
Actor who got the part: Holly Hunter

Bull Durham
Winger turned down Susan Sarandon's role.
Actor who got the part: Susan Sarandon

Chicago
Debra Winger was considered to play Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
Debra Winger was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Helen Mirren

Dancer in The Dark
In an interview Debra says that Lars von Trier asked her to be in the film, but the part didn't appeal to her.
Actor who got the part: Unknown

Dead Calm
Winger was one of the top stars considered for the role of Rae Ingram.
Actor who got the part: Nicole Kidman

Dirty Dancing
Winger was considered for the role of Baby, but producers turned her down because she was too old.
Actor who got the part: Jennifer Grey

Divine Rapture
Debra Winger was cast in this film in 1995 with Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp, but it was shutdown after 2 weeks when the financing collapsed.
Actor who got the part: Film Not Made

Ed Wood
Debra Winger turned down the part of Dolores Fuller.
Actor who got the part: Sarah Jessica Parker

The Fabulous Baker Boys
Debra Winger turned down Michelle Pfeiffer's role.
Actor who got the part: Michelle Pfeiffer

Fatal Attraction
Debra Winger turned down the lead role of Alex.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Debra Winger was considered for the role of Jeanie Bueller.
Actor who got the part: Jennifer Grey

Flashdance
Was considered for the role of Alex but dropped out to do "Terms of Endearment".
Actor who got the part: Jennifer Beals

The Fly
Winger was considered for the role of Veronica Quaife.
Actor who got the part: Geena Davis

Gangs of New York
One of several actors attached at some point, because the film was in development for over 25 years.
Actor who got the part: Cameron Diaz

Ghost
Winger reportedly turned down the role of Molly Jensen.
Actor who got the part: Demi Moore

Grandview, U.S.A.
Debra Winger was considered to play Candy at one point.
Actor who got the part: Jennifer Jason Leigh

The Grifters
Debra Winger turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Anjelica Huston

The Hudsucker Proxy
Debra Winger was considered for the role of Amy Archer.
Actor who got the part: Jennifer Jason Leigh

I Know What You Did Last Summer
Debra Winger turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Jennifer Love Hewitt

Indecent Proposal
Winger turned down the lead role because she didn’t like the script.
Actor who got the part: Demi Moore

Isabelle Eberhardt
For years Debra developed a biopic on the 19th-century mystic who became involved in fighting religious wars in the Middle East, but never got to play the part.
Actor who got the part: Mathilda May

A League of Their Own
Turned down the Geena Davis role in A League of Their Own.
Actor who got the part: Geena Davis

Libby
For years Debra had ambitions to play the torch-singer Libby Holman in a biopic.
Actor who got the part: Film Never Made

Magnolia
Winger was considered for the role of Linda Partridge.
Actor who got the part: Julianne Moore

Marvin's Room
According to Scott McPherson, Debra was interested in playing Lee Lacker in the film of his play.
Actor who got the part: Meryl Streep

Misery
Turned down the lead role, that later went to Kathy Bates.
Actor who got the part: Kathy Bates

Moonstruck
Winger turned down the lead.
Actor who got the part: Cher

Music Box
Winger turned down Jessica Lange's role in The Music Box.
Actor who got the part: Jessica Lange

Nuts
Debra Winger turned down the lead.
Actor who got the part: Barbra Streisand

The Object of My Affection
Debra Winger turned down the role of Nina, because producers felt she was too old.
Actor who got the part: Jennifer Aniston

Peggy Sue Got Married
Penny Marshall was attached to direct with Debra Winger on board as Peggy Sue. When Marshall was fired, Debra Winger abandoned the project.
Actor who got the part: Kathleen Turner

Pretty Baby
Debra Winger seemed too old by director Louis Malle for the role of Violet, because the character was 12 years old and she was 21 years old when she did an audition for the part.
Actor who got the part: Brooke Shields

Pulp Fiction
Debra Winger was considered by Quentin Tarantino for the part of Jody.
Actor who got the part: Rosanna Arquette

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Winger turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Karen Allen

Risky Business
Turned down the role of Lana.
Actor who got the part: Rebecca De Mornay

Scarface
Considered for the role of Elvira Hancock.
Actor who got the part: Michelle Pfeiffer

Shakespeare in Love
Debra Winger was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Six Degrees of Separation
Debra Winger turned down the lead part.
Actor who got the part: Stockard Channing

Sleeping with The Enemy
Winger turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Julia Roberts

Sleepless in Seattle
Winger turned down the lead.
Actor who got the part: Meg Ryan

Speed
Winger was a potential contender for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Sandra Bullock

Spider-Man
Debra Winger was considered for the role of Mary Jane Watson when the project was in development in the 1980s.
Actor who got the part: Kirsten Dunst

Splash
Winger reportedly wanted the role of Madison, but Ron Howard turned her down.
Actor who got the part: Daryl Hannah

Star 80
Debra Winger turned down the role of Dorothy Stratten.
Actor who got the part: Mariel Hemingway

Supergirl
Winger was considered for the title role.
Actor who got the part: Helen Slater

Superman Returns
In early stages, Winger was attached to play Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Kate Bosworth

Taxi Driver
Winger, when she was just starting out as an actress, did an audition for the role of Iris.
Actor who got the part: Jodie Foster

The Terminator
Debra Winger succesfully auditioned for the role of Sarah Connor. However, she later changed her mind and left the project at the last minute.
Actor who got the part: Linda Hamilton

Top Gun
Winger was considered for the role of Charlie Blackwood, but producers wanted an unknown for the part: Kelly McGillis.
Actor who got the part: Kelly McGillis

Unfaithful
At one point, Debra Winger was rumored to star as Connie.
Actor who got the part: Diane Lane






Did you know that Debra Winger was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» Betrayed
» Cannery Row
» A Dangerous Woman
» Legal Eagles
» An Officer and a Gentleman
» Rachel Getting Married
» Shadowlands
» The Sheltering Sky
» Terms of Endearment
» Urban Cowboy






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