Elizabeth Ashley

  1. Natalie Wood, West Side Story, 1961.   Among the many… Anna Maria Alberghetti, Diane Baker, Susan Kohner, Hope Lange, Suzanne Pleshette,  Jill St John and…and… and Angie Dickinson!
  2. Anne Bancroft, The Slender Thread, 1965.  Or Cross My Heart And Hope To Die when Ashley was set as the suicide-line volunteer. Then, something went awry with contracts.
  3. Paula Prentiss, What’s New Pussycat?1965.    “Too tired” to be the sole American in Peter O’Toole’s Paris harem.  She then paid to leave a Broadway show “to see some sights in London.”  Mainly, future husband George Peppard.
  4. Katharine Ross, The Graduate, 1967.    
  5. Stephanie Beacham, The Colbys,TV, 1985-1987.   For billionaire Charlton Heston’s British wife, Sable (first cousin of Dynasty’s Joan Collins character), Faye Dunaway wanted a bigger payday. (The budget was already $1m per episode). Elizabeth Ashley, Angie Dickinson were next up. Then, the Brits…  Sue Lloyd and Kate O’Mara (who became Caress Morrell in Dynasty… yes, Caress!) while Diana Rigg, Susannah York who quite simply refused the soap.


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