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Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
 Who was considered for Once Upon a Time in America?

Nancy Allen
Auditioned for the role of Carol.
Actor who got the part: Tuesday Weld

Claudia Cardinale
According to IMDB, director Sergio Leone turned her down for the role of Carol.
Actor who got the part: Tuesday Weld

Geena Davis
Davis was one of many actresses considered for the female lead.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth McGovern

Kay Lenz
Had the role of Carol but lost it to Tuesday Weld when Sergio Leone was forced to go with a more bankable star.
Actor who got the part: Tuesday Weld

Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine was offered the role of Carol, but passed on the job.
Actor who got the part: Tuesday Weld

Liza Minnelli
She has screen tested for a part, and was in the running with Claudia Cardinale and Geena Davis; befor Elizabeth McGovern was cast.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth McGovern

Tatum O'Neal
Was considered for the role of Deborah Gelly.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth McGovern

Brooke Shields
According to her 1985 book "On Your Own", Brooke Shields was offered the role of Deborah Gelly, in a private interview with director Sergio Leone. However, after a writers' strike, the project was shelved until the summer of 1981, and Shields didn't get an audition for the role. She was forced to turn down the role by her mother, Teri.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth McGovern



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