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My Fair Lady (1964)
 Who was considered for My Fair Lady?

Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews had starred in the Broadway version, but was not as bankable as Audrey was for the film version.
Actor who got the part: Audrey Hepburn

James Cagney
James Cagney turned down the role of Alfred Doolittle.
Actor who got the part: Stanley Holloway

Noel Coward
Considered for the role of Henry Higgins.
Actor who got the part: Rex Harrison

Cary Grant
Grant refused the role of Henry Higgins, promising he'd never even see the movie unless Rex Harrison repeated his great stage role.
Actor who got the part: Rex Harrison

Shirley Jones
One of the actresses Warner Bros. boss Jack Warner had in mind if Audrey Hepburn turned down the role of "Eliza Dolittle."
Actor who got the part: Audrey Hepburn

Shirley MacLaine
When Julie Andrews proved to be unavailable, Shirley MacLaine wanted to play the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Audrey Hepburn

Vincente Minnelli
The fine director was the original choice but apparently his salary demands were too high.
Actor who got the part: George Cukor

Maureen O'Hara
In her autobigraphy, 'Tis Herself, Miss O'Hara claims that she was the first choice to provide the singing voice of Audrey Hepburn's Eliza Doolittle. Veteren voice double Marni Nixon eventually did Audrey's singing in the film.
Actor who got the part: Marni Nixon

Michael Redgrave
Considered for the role of Henry Higgins.
Actor who got the part: Rex Harrison

George Sanders
The esteemed character actor, who also had a wonderful singing voice, received serious consideration to play "Henry Higgins."
Actor who got the part: Rex Harrison

Connie Stevens
While under contract to Warner Bros., the chirpy-voiced Stevens campaigned for the plum role of "Eliza Dolittle."
Actor who got the part: Audrey Hepburn

Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor wanted the lead badly and was reportedly next in line if Audrey dropped her participation.
Actor who got the part: Audrey Hepburn



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