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Gone with the Wind (1939)
 Who was considered for Gone with the Wind?

Jean Arthur
The brilliant star screen-tested for the role of "Scarlett O'Hara."
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Lucille Ball
One of many actresses considered for the part of Scarlett.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Tallulah Bankhead
Bankhead was considered to play Scarlette but the producers were reluctant to hire her.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Diana Barrymore
Diana Barrymore was tested for the part of Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Lionel Barrymore
Was considered to play Dr. Meade.
Actor who got the part: Harry Davenport

Louise Beavers
Tested for the role of Mammy.
Actor who got the part: Hattie McDaniel

Joan Bennett
The popular and vivacious star screen-tested for "Scarlett."
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Jane Bryan
Bryan was considered for the role of Melanie Hamilton.
Actor who got the part: Olivia De Havilland

Billie Burke
Was the first choice for Aunt Pittypat Hamilton, but was considered to be too thin and would have had to be padded even in her face. Instead she played Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz that year.
Actor who got the part: Laura Hope Crews

Marguerite Churchill
Marguerite Churchill was another actress considered to play Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert was considered to play Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Ronald Colman
A favorite contender for the role of "Rhett Butler."
Actor who got the part: Clark Gable

Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper was seriously considered for the part of Rhett Butler.
Actor who got the part: Clark Gable

Joan Crawford
One of many actresses considered for the part of Scarlett.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

George Cukor
George Cukor left the production as director. There are numerous versions as to why, including Cukor's friction with producer David O. Selznick, and star Clark Gable.
Actor who got the part: Victor Fleming

Bette Davis
Bette Davis was considered to play Scarlett O'Hara but Warners would not allow it.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Frances Dee
Tested for "Scarlett."
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Billie Dove
The star nicknamed the "The American Beauty" reportedly declined an offer to play Belle Watling.
Actor who got the part: Ona Munson

Ellen Drew
Ellen Drew was another actress considered to play Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Irene Dunne
Irene Dunne was considered to play Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Errol Flynn
The great star was a prime contender to play "Rhett Butler." Bette Davis refused to play "Scarlett" if Flynn were cast.
Actor who got the part: Clark Gable

Joan Fontaine
According to her 1978 autobiography, Miss Fontaine was offered the role of Melanie but turned it down, suggesting her sister, Olivia De Havilland who played the role and was Oscar nominated for her performance.
Actor who got the part: Olivia De Havilland

Judy Garland
Judy Garland was briefly considered for the role of Scarlet O'Hara's youngest sister Careen. the role would eventually be played by Garland's co-star from the Andy Hardy films, Ann Rutherford.
Actor who got the part: Ann Rutherford

Janet Gaynor
Gaynor was considered for the part of Melanie Hamilton, but she would not reduce her salary requirements.
Actor who got the part: Olivia De Havilland

Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish was one of a few actresses considered for the role of Ellen O'Hara, Scarlet's mother.
Actor who got the part: Barabara O'Neil

Paulette Goddard
The smart, sexy Goddard tested for the role of "Scarlett O'Hara."
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow was considered to play Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Julie Haydon
Julie Haydon tested for the role of Melanie Hamilton.
Actor who got the part: Olivia De Havilland

Susan Hayward
The fiery redhead tested for the role of "Scarlett O'Hara."
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn was considered to play Scarlett but producers felt that she didn't fit the role at that time.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Miriam Hopkins
Miriam Hopkins was an early contender to play Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Marsha Hunt
Hunt was one of the many actresses considered for Melanie Hamilton. However, de Havilland was always the first choice.
Actor who got the part: Olivia De Havilland

Priscilla Lane
Priscilla Lane was considered for the part of Melanie Wilkes.
Actor who got the part: Olivia de Havilland

Andrea Leeds
The Oscar nominated actress tested for the role of Melanie Hamilton.
Actor who got the part: Olivia De Havilland

Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard was considered to play Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Anita Louise
The beautiful and elegant Louise screen-tested to play "Scarlett O'Hara."
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Boots Mallory
Boots Mallory was another actress considered to play Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Groucho Marx
Margeret Mitchell, the author of the book, felt that Groucho would be perfect as Rhett Butler. She was ignored.
Actor who got the part: Clark Gable

Victor Mature
Victor Mature auditioned for the roles of Brent and Stuart Tarleton at a time when it appeared likely that the twins would be played by a single actor, using trick photography. Eventually this was deemed impractical and the producers sought a pair of actors who could believably play brothers.
Actor who got the part: George Reeves & Fred Crane

Maureen O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan was one of many starlets considered for the pivotal role of Melanie.
Actor who got the part: Olivia De Havilland

Tyrone Power
20th Century Fox head Darryl F. Zanuck foolishly and selfishly denied the makers of this Civil War classic epic the chance to borrow Power from Fox so that he could play Ashley Wilkes.
Actor who got the part: Leslie Howard

Vincent Price
Vincent Price said on a TV interview that he had tried out for the role of Ashley Wilkes. It's speculated that they wanted someone smaller and less masculine so viewers would wonder what she saw in Ashley Wilkes.
Actor who got the part: Leslie Howard

Basil Rathbone
Margret Mitchell was quoted as saying Basil Rathbone was her ideal choice for the role of Rhett Butler.
Actor who got the part: Clark Gable

Jo Ann Sayers
Jo Ann Sayers was another actress considered to play Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Randolph Scott
Several fan polls chose Randolph Scott as the favorite to play Ashley Wilkes, but producer David O. Selznick was concerned that Scott had recently appeared in another Civil War film, "So Red the Rose," which had flopped.
Actor who got the part: Leslie Howard

Norma Shearer
Norma Shearer turned down the role of Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Anne Shirley
One of the numerous actresses screen-tested for the part of Melanie.
Actor who got the part: Olivia De Havilland

Margaret Sullavan
Margaret Sullavan was considered to play Scarlett O'Hara.
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Elizabeth Taylor
She was considered for the role of Bonnie Blue Butler.
Actor who got the part: Cammie King

Lana Turner
The major MGM star screentested for the role of "Scarlett O'Hara."
Actor who got the part: Vivien Leigh

Loretta Young
According to her daughter's biography, the one role Young most wanted and did not get was that of Melanie Hamilton.
Actor who got the part: Olivia De Havilland



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