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West Side Story (1961)
 Who was considered for West Side Story?

Neile Adams
Was considered for the role of Anita.
Actor who got the part: Rita Moreno

Nellie Adams
Was considered for the role of Anita.
Actor who got the part: Rita Moreno

Anna Maria Alberghetti
The Tony winning Broadway soprano was considered for both leading female roles.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Denise Alexander
Denise Alexander screen tested to play Maria.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Pier Angeli
Was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Ann-Margret
Ann-Margret auditioned for the role of Maria.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Elizabeth Ashley
The gifted Ashley was considered for "Maria."
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Diane Baker
Was offered the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty was a prime contender for the role of "Tony."
Actor who got the part: Richard Beymer

Richard Chamblerlain
The TV and recording heartthrob was considered for the role of "Tony."
Actor who got the part: Richard Beymer

Bobby Darin
The popular singer was considered for a leading role.
Actor who got the part: Richard Beymer

Angie Dickinson
Angie Dickinson was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Troy Donahue
The teen idol and heartthrob was considered for the role of "Tony."
Actor who got the part: Richard Beymer

Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Audrey Hepburn
Directors Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise wanted Hepburn for the role of Maria, but she declined, due to other commitments.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Jill St. John
Was considered for a role.

Susan Kohner
Susan Kohner auditioned for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Hope Lange
Hope Lange auditioned for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Gary Lockwood
Considered for the role of "Tony."
Actor who got the part: Richard Beymer

Barbara Luna
Was offered the roles of "Anita" as well as "Maria".

Anthony Perkins
Was considered to play "Tony."
Actor who got the part: Richard Beymer

Suzanne Pleshette
Was considered for a major role.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Elvis Presley
Elvis turned down the role of Bernardo. George Chakiris won an Oscar for the part.
Actor who got the part: George Chakiris

Burt Reynolds
Seriously considered for a major role.
Actor who got the part: Richard Beymer

Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera, who played "Anita" on Broadway, auditioned for the film version.
Actor who got the part: Rita Moreno

Jean Seberg
Jean Seberg was also considered for the leading role.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood



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