Roles turned down by Maureen O'Hara:
According to her autobiography, O'Hara was cast as Eliza Birdwell, but happened to mention it to John Ford and he called William Wyler and had her removed from the cast as he hated her so much.
Actor who got the part: Dorothy McGuire
Originally set to play "Anna Leonowens."
Actor who got the part: Deborah Kerr
The fiery star says she approached Disney years before the famous Julie Andrews-Dick Van Dyke movie about a film version in which she would have played the stern nanny.
Actor who got the part: Julie Andrews
Maureen O'Hara was director John Ford's choice for the role of Eloise Y. Kelly. MGM instead cast Ava Gardner.
Actor who got the part: Ava Gardner
In her autobigraphy, 'Tis Herself, Miss O'Hara claims that she was the first choice to provide the singing voice of Audrey Hepburn's Eliza Doolittle. Veteren voice double Marni Nixon eventually did Audrey's singing in the film.
Actor who got the part: Marni Nixon
Due to be filmed in Hawaii in 1951, a dispute over script rights led the backers of this independent production to withdraw their financial support.
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
Did you know that Maureen O'Hara was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)