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Family Plot (1976)
 Who was considered for Family Plot?

Karen Black
Black wanted to play the fake medium "Blanche Tyler" and had even worked out costume ideas, but Hitchcock instead wanted her for the role of the reluctant kidnapper and diamond smuggler.
Actor who got the part: Barbara Harris

Faye Dunaway
Alfred Hitchcock wanted to make Dunaway his latest 'cool blonde' in the role of the kidnapper's girlfriend and accomplice.
Actor who got the part: Karen Black

Lillian Gish
The great star and legendary actress very much wanted to play the rich elderly Julia Rainbird, the woman who sets the 'family plot' in motion.
Actor who got the part: Cathleen Nesbit

Goldie Hawn
Legendary director Alfred Hitchcock considered Hawn to play the kooky fake spiritualist in what was to be his final motion picture.
Actor who got the part: Barbara Harris

Liza Minnelli
Liza Minelli was considered for the role of the fake medium.
Actor who got the part: Barbara Harris

Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson was considered for the part of the spiritualist's boyfriend in Alfred Hitchcock's final film but he had begun working on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and was unavailable.
Actor who got the part: Bruce Dern

Al Pacino
Alfred Hitchcock considered Pacino to play the cab driver who stumbles on a complicated kidnap and thievery plot.
Actor who got the part: Bruce Dern

Burt Reynolds
Alfred Hitchcock wanted him to play the suave, devious kidnapper.
Actor who got the part: William Devane

Cybill Shepherd
Cybill Shepherd wanted to work with Hitchcock but he preferred Karen Black.
Actor who got the part: Karen Black

Beverly Sills
Alfred Hitchcock considered the opera star to make her film debut as a bogus spiritualist.
Actor who got the part: Barbara Harris

Roy Thinnes
Thinnes clashed with director Alfred Hitchcock during production and he was replaced in his role of the suave kidnapper and jewel thief after about four weeks of shooting.
Actor who got the part: William Devane



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