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 Roles turned down by Debbie Reynolds:

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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

Postcards From the Edge
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

Rebel Without a Cause
Debbie Reynolds auditioned to play Judy.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

The Reluctant Debutant
Debbie Reynolds was considered to play Sheila Broadbent.
Actor who got the part: Kay Kendall

South Pacific
The star was considered for the key role of "Nellie."
Actor who got the part: Mitzi Gaynor

These Wilder Years
Turned down a role in These Wilder Years.

Who Was That Lady?
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)
» Goodbye Charlie
» Mother
» Singin' in the Rain
» The Unsinkable Molly Brown

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