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9 Stars Who Turned Down Memorable Roles

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow is one of those actors who seems to know which roles to take and which ones to turn down. She's received praise for her roles in Emma (1996) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), and she won a Best Actress Oscar for Shakespeare in Love (1998). But she's turned down her fair share, including Rollergirl in Boogie Nights (1997), which went to Heather Graham; Emma Peel in The Avengers (1998), which went to Uma Thurman; and Rachel in The Ring (2002), which went to Naomi Watts. Paltrow may have inherited her good eye for roles from her late father, film director Bruce Paltrow, and her mother, actor Blythe Danner.