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The Sound of Music (1965)
 Who was considered for The Sound of Music?

Ann-Margret
Ann-Margret said she turned down the role of Liesl for being "too old for Julie Andrews".
Actor who got the part: Charmian Carr

Yul Brynner
Director Robert Wise considered Yul Brynner for the role of Captain Von Trapp.
Actor who got the part: Christopher Plummer

Richard Burton
Considered for the role of "Captain von Trapp."
Actor who got the part: Christopher Plummer

Sean Connery
Considered for the role of "Captain von Trapp."
Actor who got the part: Christopher Plummer

Kim Darby
Five years before her break-out role as Mattie Ross in True Grit, Kim tested for the role of Liesl, the eldest von Trapp daughter.
Actor who got the part: Charmian Carr

Doris Day
One of many roles the great star apparently turned down.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews

Richard Dreyfuss
Auditioned to play one of the "von Trapp" boys.
Actor who got the part: Daniel Truhitte

Patty Duke
Patty Duke auditioned for one of the children's roles.

Mia Farrow
Auditioned for the role of the sixteen-going-on-seventeen "Liesel."
Actor who got the part: Charmian Carr

Audrey Hepburn
Before the final version, Paramount bought the rights and thought of Hepburn for the leading role. She declined.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews

Shirley Jones
Shirley Jones was considered for the role of Maria.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews

Curt Jurgens
Screentested for the role of the stern Captain.
Actor who got the part: Christopher Plummer

Danny Lockin
Five years before his attention-getting performance as Barnaby in the film version of Hello, Dolly!, Lockin tested for the role of Rolfe.
Actor who got the part: Daniel Truhitte

Jeannette MacDonald
MacDonald, long out of the film world, was still at the top of the list (along with Irene Dunne) to play the Mother Abbess.
Actor who got the part: Peggy Wood

Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine wanted to play the role of Maria Von Trapp, if Julie Andrews was not available.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews

Marni Nixon
After dubbing vocals for Deborah Kerr in The King and I, Natalie Wood in West Side Story, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Marni screen-tested for the part of Maria. She was given the smaller role of Sister Sophia.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews

Alan Osmond
Four of the Osmond Brothers auditioned to be a Von Trapp kid: Alan Osmond, Jay Osmond, Merrill Osmond and Wayne Osmond.

Jay Osmond
Four of the Osmond Brothers auditioned to be a Von Trapp kid: Alan Osmond, Jay Osmond, Merrill Osmond and Wayne Osmond.

Merrill Osmond
Four of the Osmond Brothers auditioned to be a Von Trapp kid: Alan Osmond, Jay Osmond, Merrill Osmond and Wayne Osmond.

Wayne Osmond
Four of the Osmond Brothers auditioned to be a Von Trapp kid: Alan Osmond, Jay Osmond, Merrill Osmond and Wayne Osmond.

Kurt Russell
Auditioned to play one of the "von Trapp" kids.
Actor who got the part: Nicholas Hammond

Tisha Sterling
Tisha (daughter of Ann Sothern and Robert Sterling) tested for the role of Liesl.
Actor who got the part: Charmian Carr

Sharon Tate
Sharon Tate screentested for the role of Liesl.
Actor who got the part: Charmian Carr

William Wyler
The masterful, much-honored director scouted locations and was set to direct the movie, but finally withdrew.
Actor who got the part: Robert Wise



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