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 Roles turned down by Esther Williams:

Offered the title role by writer-director Albert Brooks, but things did not work out and Williams departed the project.
Actor who got the part: Debbie Reynolds

The Poseidon Adventure
She was to play the overweight former swimming champion who courageously saves the lives of her fellow passengers. Her real life husband, Fernando Lamas reportedly refused to let her accept this part.
Actor who got the part: Shelley Winters

The Towering Inferno
Turned down a big role in the box-office bonanza disaster movie.
Actor who got the part: Jennifer Jones

Did you know that Esther Williams was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)
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