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Rebecca (1940)
 Who was considered for Rebecca?

Heather Angel
Tested for the role of "I," and later played small roles in Hitchcock's "Suspicion" and "Lifeboat."
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

Anne Baxter
Alfred Hitchcock was very impressed by Baxter, but feared she might be too young to be convincing in the love scenes.
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

Ronald Colman
Turned down the offer by director Alfred Hitchcock and producer David O. Selznick to play Maxim de Winter.
Actor who got the part: Laurence Olivier

Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland was one of Hitchcock's final choices but she refused the starring role when she learned that her sister Joan Fontaine was also being considered.
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

Frances Dee
The beautiful, sleek brunette tested for the role of "I."
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

Robert Donat
Alfred Hitchcock wanted him to play the handsome, troubled "Maxim de Winter," but he declined reportedly for health reasons.
Actor who got the part: Laurence Olivier

Melvyn Douglas
Douglas' name was put forth as one of the potential casting choices to play "Maxim de Winter" in the film version of the romantic thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Actor who got the part: Laurence Olivier

Geraldine Fitzgerald
The Oscar-nominated actress was considered as a candidate to play "I," but was unavailable due to other film commitments.
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

Julie Haydon
Considered for the role of "I" was the Broadway and film actress, who provided the screams in "King Kong" (1933) and who later originated the role of "Laura" in "The Glass Managerie" on Broadway.
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

Leslie Howard
The gentlemanly Howard was one of the star names suggested to play "Maxim de Winter."
Actor who got the part: Laurence Olivier

Evelyn Keyes
Read for Alfred Hitchcock for the role of "I."
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

Vivien Leigh
Director Alfred Hitchcock screen-tested Vivien Leigh for the role Joan Fontaine eventually played, but found Leigh too beautiful and sophisticated for the role.
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

Carole Lombard
David O. Selznick originally bought the rights to the novel for Carole Lombard.
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

Anita Louise
Anita Louise was considered for the part of Mrs de Winter.
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

Patricia Morison
The sophisticated Broadway star (who later starred in "Kiss Me Kate" on stage) was seen for "I," but rejected because she was so beautiful and sultry, she could have played "Rebecca" who is never seen in the film.
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

David Niven
David Niven was considered for the part of Maxim de Winter.
Actor who got the part: Laurence Olivier

Maureen O'Hara
In her autobiography, she writes that she was the first choice to play the second "Mrs. de Winter."
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

Walter Pidgeon
Considered as a very strong contender to play the aristocratic, troubled hero of Alfred Hitchcock's film version of the popular Daphne Du Maurier bestseller.
Actor who got the part: Laurence Olivier

Nova Pilbeam
Alfred Hitchcock resisted pressure by producer David O. Selznick to cast the young actress who had starred for the director in "The Man Who Knew Too Much" and "Young and Innocent."
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

William Powell
Director Alfred Hitchcock was very intrigued by the possibility of attracting the suave, debonair comedian to play his dark, tortured hero with a secret.
Actor who got the part: Laurence Olivier

Marjorie Reynolds
Considered for the role of "I."
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

Margaret Sullavan
Alfred Hitchcock was impressed by Margaret Sullivan's screen test for the role of the second "Mrs. de Winter."
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine

Loretta Young
Tested for the role of the second Mrs. de Winter.
Actor who got the part: Joan Fontaine



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