Roles turned down by Rosalind Russell:
Rosalind Russell was the first choice for the role. Years later, Ida Lupino, who accepted the part, said that it was her favorite film performance.
Actor who got the part: Ida Lupino
According to her 1976 autobiography, Rosalind Russell was offered the title role in this film noir classic. She turned it down because her character arrived on screen well into the picture.
Actor who got the part: Gene Tierney
Turned the role of a woman abandoned by her cheating husband who then makes herself a successful, independent businesswoman. Joan Crawford won an Oscar in the role.
Actor who got the part: Joan Crawford
First choice for the role of Kit Marlowe, but withdrew after production delays.
Actor who got the part: Bette Davis
Russell was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Elizabeth Taylor
Did you know that Rosalind Russell was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)