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Carmen Jones
According to her autobiography, Carroll was considered by the films director, Otto Preminger, for the title role. She eventually played the smaller supporting role of Myrt, pal of the film's heroine.
Actor who got the part: Dorothy Dandridge

Lady Sings the Blues
An early contender to play the brilliantly talented Billie Holliday.
Actor who got the part: Diana Ross

The Omega Man
Diahann Carroll was the studio's choice for plague survivor leader "Lisa", but Charlton Heston, who exercised considerable control over casting, felt she wasn't ghetto enough, that she could not relate Lisa's experiences.
Actor who got the part: Rosalind Cash

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