Barbara Luna

  1. Nancy Kwan, The World of Suzie Wong, 1960.     Broadway’s delicious Suzie was sacked when so lovesick for Marlon Brando she could not fit in her costumes. Her first  suggested replacement was indirectly responsible for Nuyen’s over-eating problems: – Brando’s latest conquest, the Italian-Hungarian-Jewish-Spanish-Portuguese-Filipino Luna! (Needless to say, he later added Nancy to his Asiatic lovers’ list). To save his first production,  agent-turned-producer Ray Stark asked his star what  he thought he should  do.  “I don’t think,” said William Holden.
  2. Rita Moreno, West Side Story, 1961. The rising Broadway and Hollywood  name was offered both leads in the Romeo and Juliet update. First, Anita, which went to Rita…  
  3.  Natalie Wood, West Side Story, 1961. T… and  next Maria, herself, who co-director Robert Wise said,  had to be a star.  Besides, Barbara and Rita looked similar enough to be sisters.

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