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 Who was considered for The Birds?

Ursula Andress
Ursula Andress turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Tippi Hedren

Anne Bancroft
Screenwriter Evan Hunter had Anne Bancroft in mind to play the doomed schoolteacher "Annie Hayworth."
Actor who got the part: Suzanne Pleshette

Sean Connery
Alfred Hitchcock considered the young Connery to play a San Francisco lawyer whose romance with a beautiful, shallow playgirl gets torn apart by mysterious bird attacks.
Actor who got the part: Rod Taylor

Sandra Dee
Alfred Hitchcock screened footage of popular Universal contract star Dee to see whether she might be groomed and molded into a Hitchcock leading lady.
Actor who got the part: 'Tippi' Hedren

Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda was considered to play "Annie".
Actor who got the part: Suzanne Pleshette

Farley Granger
The star of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope" and "Strangers On A Train" says that the director talked with him about appearing in "The Birds," but that he was more interested in doing Broadway work than film roles.
Actor who got the part: Rod Taylor

Cary Grant
Alfred Hitchcock briefly considered Grant but decided against using the hugely expensive actor because he felt the birds and the Hitchcock name were the big attractions.
Actor who got the part: Rod Taylor

Audrey Hepburn
Alfred Hitchcock and screenwriter Evan Hunter considered Audrey Hepburn a perfect actress to play spoiled, beautiful playgirl "Melanie Daniels."
Actor who got the part: 'Tippi' Hedren

Jill Ireland
Jill Ireland, according to her bio, auditioned for Hitchcock to play a role.

Yvette Mimieux
Alfred Hitchcock, looking for a new young blonde beauty to groom and to star in his thriller, screened film of Mimieux.
Actor who got the part: 'Tippi' Hedren

Pamela Tiffin
Director Alfred Hitchcock considered the beautiful young starlet.
Actor who got the part: 'Tippi' Hedren

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