(Not that the film was too edgy for Mirren—in 1979, she co-starred in "Caligula," which she called "an irresistible mix of art and genitals.")Also rejected: The Mariah Carey role in "Precious."Turned down: "The Lost Weekend" (1945)What happened: Although it was a small part—Ray Milland's girlfriend—Hepburn was interested.
But then came the chance to co-star with Spencer Tracy in "Without Love."Also rejected: The role of a school teacher accused of being a lesbian in "The Children's Hour."Turned down: "The Man With the Golden Arm" (1955)What happened: Bacall rejected a low-ball offer but later regretted her decision. Also rejected: What would be Doris Day's breakthrough role, in "Romance on the High Seas." Warner Bros. Turned down: "American Gigolo" (1980)What happened: Christie was set to co-star with Richard Gere but dropped out when he was replaced by John Travolta.
Also rejected: The part of Bette Davis' poor cousin in "Hush ...
1 box office hit and, up to that point, the most expensive movie ever made.Also rejected: The Elizabeth Taylor role in "Giant."Turned down: "Barefoot in the Park" (1967)What happened: Wood, who had done two earlier films with Robert Redford, wanted to take a break to attend UCLA.With credits like "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" and "Mildred Pierce," Joan Crawford—born March 23, 1904—cemented her name in cinematic history several times, yet she forfeited the opportunity to share the screen with Burt Lancaster in one of his most iconic roles.A year later, the two shared the screen in "Death Becomes Her."Also rejected: The lead in "Fatal Attraction."Turned down: "Marnie" (1962)What happened: A year after the release of her last Alfred Hitchcock movie, 1955's "To Catch a Thief," she had become Princess of Monaco, and her subjects freaked when word got out that their princess might play a kleptomaniac.
She then bowed out and Hitchcock turned to another cool blonde, Tippi Hedren.
Enter Katharine Hepburn, who was later nominated for an Oscar.
Also rejected: A role in the seminal women's prison drama "Caged," originally conceived as a vehicle for her and Joan Crawford.
Also rejected: The part in "Giant" that went to Elizabeth Taylor.
Turned down: "Cleopatra" (1963)What happened: After Gardner passed, Elizabeth Taylor signed a record-setting contract for what became the year's No.
Turned down: "Bullitt" (1968)What happened: Jacqueline Bisset got the part of Steve Mc Queen's girlfriend.