9 Stars Who Turned Down Memorable Roles


Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe starred in many great movies in her short career, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), and The Seven Year Itch (1955). But the blonde bombshell passed on the lead in Goodbye Charlie (1964), a comedy directed by Vincente Minnelli, in which a gangster dies and gets reincarnated as a woman. Debbie Reynolds took the part instead. Monroe also refused a starring role in the Western Heller in Pink Tights (1960) because she believed the role was weak. Sophia Loren took the part, wearing a blonde wig.