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Marlene Dietrich: Roles She Missed That Other Actresses Made Famous

By    |   Friday, 04 Mar 2016 11:55 PM

Marlene Dietrich was born Marie Magdalene Dietrich in Berlin, Germany. She began her career at an early age and has left her mark on Hollywood with her sultry sex appeal. The New York Times said she was "the very essence of cinematic eroticism, a beguiling creature whose almost supernatural allure established her among film's most enduring icons."

As one of the major leading ladies of film in the 1930s and 1940s, Dietrich is most well known for her roles in films such as "Shanghai Express" and "Morocco." She was also one of the highest paid actresses during her prime in Hollywood and had signed a long-term contract with a prominent studio. However, Dietrich didn't accept every role that came her way or get every role she auditioned for. Here is a look at the roles Dietrich missed, according to the Internet Movie Database.

1. Charlie, "Station West" (1948)
Dietrich turned down the role of Charlie in "Station West," which later went to Jane Greer.

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2. Baby Jane, "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962)
For "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?," Dietrich was one of several women considered to play the role of Baby Jane. Joan Crawford was cast instead.

3. Vera Simpson, "Pal Joey" (1957)
Dietrich was in the midst of her career as a Vegas entertainer when the opportunity for this role in "Pal Joey" arose. As a result of the timing, Dietrich turned down the role.

4. Diana Lake "French Without Tears" (1939)
Director Michael Leisen refused to work with Dietrich on the film, "French Without Tears," which went to Ellen Drew.

5. Margo Channing, "All About Eve" (1944)
Dietrich was considered for the role of Margo Channing in "All About Eve" when the current actress suffered an injury. As a result of the injury, she lost out to Bette Davis, who went on to win an Oscar nomination for her performance in the film as well as a Golden Globe nomination.

6. Mama Hanson, "I Remember Mama" (1948)
Irene Dunne beat out Dietrich for the part of Mama Hanson in "I Remember Mama." Dunne was nominated for Oscar for her work.

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