Roles turned down by Debbie Reynolds:
Debbie was held up on production of Give a Girl a break and could not make this movie.
Actor who got the part: Jean Simmons
Reynolds was offered the lead role in this film but declined it.
Actor who got the part: Margaret O'Brien
Debbie wanted to play the part of Doris Mann, because it was based on her, in Carrie Fisher's thinly- veiled real life story, but director Mike Nichols chose MacLaine instead.
Actor who got the part: Shirley MacLaine
Debbie Reynolds auditioned to play Judy.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood
Debbie Reynolds was considered to play Sheila Broadbent.
Actor who got the part: Kay Kendall
The star was considered for the key role of "Nellie."
Actor who got the part: Mitzi Gaynor
Turned down a role in These Wilder Years.
Auditioned to play the lead role, but lost out to Janet Leigh.
Actor who got the part: Janet Leigh
Did you know that Debbie Reynolds was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)