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Claudette Colbert: Roles She Missed That Other Actresses Made Famous

By    |   Wednesday, 09 Mar 2016 06:20 PM

French born actress Claudette Colbert took a shot at the movies during the time of the Great Depression and came out winning. She made her mark in movies such as "It Happened One Night" and "The Secret Fury," earning awards and accolades from her peers. Colbert was so successful that one studio asked her to consider directing films in addition to acting. Despite her successful career, not all directors chose to cast Colbert in their films.

Here are some of the roles Colbert missed out on in Hollywood, according to the Internet Movie Database and Notstarring.com.

1. Scarlett O'Hara, "Gone with the Wind" (1939)
Vivien Leigh was chosen for this part in "Gone with the Wind," although Colbert was considered. Leigh won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role and a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress.

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2. Margot Channing, "All About Eve" (1950)
Colbert was already cast to the role when she suffered a devastating back injury. She could not return to the "All About Eve" set, so the role was given to Bette Davis. Davis went on to win an Oscar for Best Actress, one of the biggest moments in her career.

3. Hildy Johnson, "His Girl Friday" (1940)
Colbert turned down the role in "His Girl Friday" and opportunity to star alongside Cary Grant. Rosalind Russell was later cast and the film is still considered a classic comedy.

4. Ada Quonsett, "Airport" (1970)
Colbert didn't accept this role in "Airport," which later went to Helen Hayes. Hayes earned an Academy Award for her work.

5. Blanche Hudson, "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962)
Although Colbert was considered for the role of Blanche Hudson in the film, "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" Joan Crawford was cast. This low-budget thriller became a box office sensation, bringing home numerous awards.

6. Jean Harrington, "The Lady Eve" (1941)
Barbara Stanwyck was cast in the lead role in "The Lady Eve," although director Preston Surges attempted to get Colbert to sign on for the part.

7. Mary Matthews, "State of the Union" (1948)
Colbert was unable to get early release while filming, citing health problems as the cause. Director Frank Capra refused to comply with Colbert's request and cast Katherine Hepburn in the part to star alongside Spencer Tracy in "State of the Union."

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