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 Roles turned down by Mae West:

The Art of Love
Mae West was originally offered the role of Madame Coco La Fontaine, but the producers refused to let her write her own dialogue, so the part went to Ethel Merman.
Actor who got the part: Ethel Merman

Belle of New York
Mae West was the first casting choice for the part of Mrs Phineas Hill, but her asking price was too high.
Actor who got the part: Marjorie Main

Elvis Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, had hoped to land West for the role of Maggie Morgan. West, though interested at first, didn't like the script or the terms of her contract.
Actor who got the part: Barbara Stanwyck

Sunset Blvd.
The movie was originally written as a Mae West comedy, but she turned down the script.
Actor who got the part: Gloria Swanson

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