Dolly Parton turned down the role of Pauline.
American backers wanted director Lewis Gilbert to cast Dolly as Rita, because Julie Walters had only done TV up to that time.
The role of Selina was originally to be played by Parton. Production materials were even printed describing her role in the film.
Did you know that Dolly Parton was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)