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Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
 Who was considered for Love Me or Leave Me?

Ava Gardner
Gardner turned down the part that Doris Day eventually played. George Cukor also turned down the directing job.
Actor who got the part: Doris Day

Al Pacino
The actor was often mentioned as the likely co-star with Winona Ryder in a remake of the 1955 musical biography of torch singer Ruth Etting's relationship with a gangster.
Actor who got the part: Project Abandoned

Jane Powell
Singer Ruth Etting wanted Powell to portray her on film since Powell was "dainty," like the real Etting herself.
Actor who got the part: Doris Day

Jane Russell
Jane Russell turned down the dramatic role of '20s torch singer Ruth Etting because she wanted instead to land the lead role in another biomovie, "I'll Cry Tomorrow," based on the life of Lillian Roth. She lost on both big movies.
Actor who got the part: Doris Day

Winona Ryder
In the '90s, the actress was often talked about for a remake of the popular and influential 1955 musical biography of '20s singer Ruth Etting.
Actor who got the part: Project Abandoned

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