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The Wizard of Oz (1939)
 Who was considered for The Wizard of Oz?

Fanny Brice
Fanny Brice was one choice for "Glinda" but eventually lost out to Billie Burke.
Actor who got the part: Billie Burke

Buddy Ebsen
Ebsen was signed on to play the Tin Man but was replaced because he was allergic to the makeup.
Actor who got the part: Jack Haley

W. C. Fields
W.C. Fields turned down the part of the Wizard.
Actor who got the part: Frank Morgan

Beatrice Lillie
Broadway Comic Beatrice Lillie was wanted for the role of "Glinda" but was involved in a London production.
Actor who got the part: Billie Burke

Edna Mae Oliver
Originally considered for the Wicked Witch, but lost out to Gale Sondergaard and eventually Margaret Hamilton.
Actor who got the part: Margaret Hamilton

Sarah Padden
Sarah Padden was considered for Auntie Em, according to The Wizard of Oz Pictorial History-50th anniversary edition book.
Actor who got the part: Clara Blandick

May Robson
May Robson turned down the role of Emily Gale, better known as Auntie Em.
Actor who got the part: Clara Blandick

Gale Sondergaard
Originally cast as the Wicked Witch of the West, which would have meant a more glamorous and seductive witch more along the lines of the one in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." She turned down the role when moviemakers wanted to make her ugly.
Actor who got the part: Margaret Hamilton

Fred Stone
Considered to play the scarecrow after originating the role on broadway, but was not physically fit.
Actor who got the part: Ray Bolger

Shirley Temple
Temple was considered for the lead role but couldn't because she was under contract by Fox.
Actor who got the part: Judy Garland

Ed Wynn
Wynn turned down the part of the Wizard.
Actor who got the part: Frank Morgan



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