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From Here to Eternity (1953)
 Who was considered for From Here to Eternity?

Joan Crawford
Crawford turned down the Karen Holmes role because she didn't like the costumes.
Actor who got the part: Deborah Kerr

Joan Fontaine
Regretted that family problems induced her to turn down the sexy role of "Karen Holmes."
Actor who got the part: Deborah Kerr

Carolyn Jones
Carolyn Jones was asked by Columbia pictures to screentest for the role of Alma Burke. She fell ill and the part eventually went to Donna Reed.
Actor who got the part: Donna Reed

Tyrone Power
Harry Cohn was always desperate to get Tyrone Power for a film, but could never get him away from Zanuck. He finally got his chance and offered Power the lead in From Here to Eternity, but Power turned it down to do a play.
Actor who got the part: Burt Lancaster

Eli Wallach
Had been cast as "Pvt. Angelo Maggio" but left to accept his Broadway role for Elia Kazan in "Camino Real."
Actor who got the part: Frank Sinatra

Shelley Winters
Turned down the role of "Alma" because she had a newborn daughter.
Actor who got the part: Donna Reed



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