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Natalie Wood
 Roles turned down by Natalie Wood:

Barefoot in The Park
Natalie turned the role of Corie Bratter because she wanted to take a break from filming to go to UCLA and earn a college degree.
Actor who got the part: Jane Fonda

Bonnie and Clyde
Beatty once said "Faye wasn't my first choice. We'd been turned down by about 10 women. I wanted Natalie Wood, Jane Fonda, Tuesday Weld, Sharon Tate, Ann-Margret. And then I met Faye."
Actor who got the part: Faye Dunaway

Brainstorm
Natalie Wood died before completing this movie. Her scenes were finished with a body double and trick editing. Although director Douglas Trumbull was encouraged to scrap the film and claim insurance, he insisted it be released as a tribute to Wood.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Cabaret
Reportedly considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Liza Minnelli

Carnal Knowledge
Mike Nichols had spent six months looking for the right girl to play the part of Bobbie. He had considered and rejected Raquel Welch, Jane Fonda, Dyan Cannon, and Natalie Wood.
Actor who got the part: Ann-Margrett

Cassandra at The Wedding
Wood was eager to film Dorothy Baker's acclaimed novel and asked Mart Crowley ("the Boys in the Band") to write the adaptation. Crowley finished the script, but "Cassandra" never made it past the wishful thinking stage.

Charade
When Cary Grant grew customarily unsure of whether or not he should do the romantic suspense thriller, Wood was seriously considered as the leading lady for a younger male co-star.
Actor who got the part: Audrey Hepburn

The Collector
The head of Columbia Pictures wanted to cast Wood as the art student and kidnap victim.
Actor who got the part: Samantha Eggar

The Devil's Deciple
Natalie declined the role of Judith Anderson, for personal reasons.
Actor who got the part: Janette Scott

Diary of a Mad Housewife
Natalie turned down the role of 'Tina' and accepted the role of 'Carol' in "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" instead.
Actor who got the part: Carrie Snodgress

Frances
Around 1966, Natalie Wood was attached to star in a biopic of Frances Farmer. The project then stalled and wasn't filmed until the 1980s.
Actor who got the part: Jessica Lange

Goodbye, Columbus
One of several movies that Natalie turned down when she put her film career on hold while attending UCLA.
Actor who got the part: Ali MacGraw

The Graduate
Wood tested for the role of Elaine Place.
Actor who got the part: Katherine Ross

The Great Gatsby
Considered for the part of Daisy Buchanan.

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Had planned to produce and star in a movie version of Joanne Greenberg's novel about a mentally unstable young girl. The plans never materialized.
Actor who got the part: Kathleen Quinlan

Imitation of Life
Was considered to play the role of the young daughter of Lana Turner in the classic melodrama directed by Douglas Sirk.
Actor who got the part: Sandra Dee

The Mirror Crack'd
Wood was cast but dropped out for reasons not given.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth Taylor

Ordinary People
Natalie Wood campaigned for the starring role, but director Robert Redford ultimately cast Mary Tyler Moore.
Actor who got the part: Mary Tyler Moore

The Other Side of The Mountain
Natalie Wood was considered for the role of Jill Kinmont.
Actor who got the part: Marilyn Hassett

Sophie's Choice
Wood was considered for the role of Sophie.
Actor who got the part: Meryl Streep

Superman
Considered for the role of Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder

Term of Trial
Wood turned down the opportunity to co-star opposite Laurence Olivier.
Actor who got the part: Sarah Miles

This Earth Is Mine
Natalie's studio, Warner Bros. put her on suspension for refusing to go to Universal on loan-out and appear in this film.
Actor who got the part: Jean Simmons

Towering Inferno
Not only did Natalie Wood turn down the lead role as Paul Newman's girlfriend because she was pregnant with her second child, she also found the script "mediocre."
Actor who got the part: Faye Dunaway

The Unforgiven
Wood was considered for the role of Rachel Zachary in this Western film.
Actor who got the part: Audrey Hepburn

Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie
Natalie Wood was producer Ray Stark's first choice for the starring role, but he changed his mind after reading the script and instead offered the part to Barbra Streisand. the film was never made.
Actor who got the part: Project Abandoned

The Young Philadelphians
Warner Bros. put contract star Wood on suspension for refusing to do this drama in which Paul Newman plays a young lawyer who climbs the social ladder.
Actor who got the part: Barbara Rush






Did you know that Natalie Wood was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
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» Splendor in the Grass
» This Property Is Condemned
» West Side Story






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