- Silvana Mangano, Riz amer/Bitter Rice, 1949. Director Giuseppe De Santis wanted someone fresh. La Lollo was tested, and La Pampanini, even the French Martine Carol. And then, the producer's lady won. Oh, what a surprise!
- Lea Padovani, Tempi nostri/Our Times, 1951. After the success of her Trial sketch in his Altri tempi/Times Gone By, directorAlessandro Blasettei took it for granted that the rising Italian star would partner De Sica anew (and Mastroianni) in his sequel. Scusi, maestro. No, she was too busy perfecting her Inglese for Beat The Devil with "the only people I never sue, the so nice Humphrey Bogart and John Huston." And by September 3 1951, "Low-low-bridge-id-ah" was on the Life cover.
- Lucia Bosé, Donna senza Camelie (US: The Lady Without Camelias), 1953. Once Lollo stormed out, Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni sued her,. She sued him back - and won. It remains a mystery how she ever agreed to make a satire about untalented Italian beauty queens exploiting their maggiorata fisica breasts, a script that ridiculed not only the Italian movie industry but Lollo, herself. The role went to the 1947 Miss Italy... the year Lollo came third after Luicia and Gianna Maria Canale.
- Sophia Loren, Due notti con Cleopatra, Italy, 1953. Cleo had always been set up for Lollo. She objected to the nude bathing - not the so fine Sophia. Or not this once. So begins George Rafty/Humphrey Bogart, Italian style.
- Sophia Loren, Aida, 1953. Wanted: a breathtaking body and face to mouth the arias of diva Renta Tebaldi. Sophia said that Gina felt such a job was beneath her - although she had started in three opera films with Tito Gobbi. (One had her billed in New York as: Lollo Brigida). "Sophia is a very pretty girl but she can't threaten me because she is incapable of playing my roles." Oh no? This switch really launched Sophia in her 22nd film.
- Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday, 1953. As Pane, Amore e Fantasia with Vittorio De Sica made her a world name, Gina shuffled seven local lawsuits. And a bunch of international offers - one as Gregory Peck's partner.
- Denise Darcel, Vera Cruz, 1954. Not even Burt Lancaster thought the role was big enough. He did not forget Lollo - and offered her something bigger and better. Trapeze, 1956. Her 33rd film in ten years.
- Joan Collins, Land of the Pharaohs, 1954 Suddenly, it was Hollywood-on-the-Tiber... Even Howard Hawks caught tbe sword ‘n’ sandal bug (he was always short of money and, anyway, he fancied building a pyramid). Refusing any top stars, The Grey Fox considered Ursula Andress (at 17), his third and final wife, Dee Hartford, the tres Hawksian UK model Ivy Nicholson and La Lollo to be his treacherous Nellifer... The film was Hawks’ first major and The Grey Fox quit Hollywood and movies for four years. He came back in great style: Rio Bravo, 1958.
- Sophia Loren, Pane, amore et.../Scandal In Sorrento, Italy, 1955. Being chased on her donkey in an Abruzzi hillside town by Vittorio De Sica's policechief in two big comedy hits was enough. So the carabiniere went home to Sorrento in the third and fell into lust for Loren's Caramela. (The fourth, Bread, Love and Andalusia, moved De Sica to Spain and Carmen Sevilla).
- Odile Versois, Checkpoint, 1956. Gina and Elsa Martinelli were asked to play the Italian Francesa - then given to French Versois.
- Sophia Loren, Boy On A Dolphin, 1956. Director Jean Negulesco understood she wanted a bambini, then she postponed maternity - too late. Cary Grant said “only Sophia,” after their Pride and The Passion romance. He quit on the fourth day of shooting, when his wife, Betsy Drake, was among the survivors of the SS Andrea Doria sinking, off Nantucket on July 25, 1956. Brando, Gable, Mitchum refused to party and little Alan Ladd took over..
- Taina Elg, Les Girls, 1957. Hollywood gossip said she turned down the role Kay Kendall inherited from Leslie Caron. Kendall insisted her role was always her's and that Elg replaced Gina.
- Brigitte Bardot, La femme et la pantin (US: The Female; UK: A Woman Like Satan), France-Spain, 1958. Lollobrigida was the least erotic of all the 50s' sex bombs and by now looking better suited as BB's maman.
- Silvano Mangano, Jovanka e l'atri/Five Branded Women, Italy-Yugoslavia-US, 1960. Producer Dino De Laurentiis gave Jovanka to La Lollo, instead of to his wife Mangano. It is called, in any language, TCB: Taking care of business. Gina was the more global star. And soon gone, anyway, because (a) she refused to shave her head, (b) in protest about two blacklisted Hollywood scenarists, Michael Wilson and Paul Jarrico or (c) because her great rival, Mangano, would also be cast - so who’d get the better cose-ups? Finally, La Lollo said she e would only work if her role remained the title - Jovanka. . It was stupid arguing with the producer Dino De Laurtentiis. He simply sent wife to the hairdresser. The film’s Hollywood director Martin Rittt never wanted her, anyway. Far too grand for his WWII realism.
- Yvonne Furneaux, La Dolce Vita, Italy, 1960. Ten years later at a dinner party, Italian maestro Federico Fellini asked her: "Why didn't you make La Dolce Vita with me?" "I never heard you wanted me!" She investigated and discovered: "My ex-husband refused it for me! And I never knew until now!" A future Hollywood trifle for Lollo, Come September, featured a hotel called La Dolce Vista!
- Annie Giradot, Rocco e i suoi fratelli/Rocco And His Brothers, Italy-France, 1960. No to Fellini, now no to another maestro Luchino Visconti. Because of her latest Hollywood mess: Go Naked In The World (which she never did).
- Silvia Pinal, Viridiana, Spain, 1961. Hubby strikes again... As if snubbing Fellini and Visconti on her behalf was not bad enough, hubby now rejected the great Spanish film-maker Luis BuÃ±uel!
- Joan Collins, The Road To Hong Kong, 1962. Used to getting current pin-ups on his Christmas US forces' tours, Bob Hope had less luck in winning Brigitte Bardot, Gina or Sophia Loren - for his final road movie with Bing Crosby. Lollo made up for it with a guest cameo in his weak Private Navy of Sgt O'Farrell, 1967.
- Jeanne Valerie, The Loves of Salambro, France-Italy, 1963. Gina was the idea of Hollywood producer Charles Brackett - opposite Harry Belafonte and Spartacus vets Charles Laughton, Laurence Olivier, Peter Ustinov!
- Ursula Andress, 4 For Texas, 1963. Dean Martin’s doll, Maxine, was designed for Lollo but... Both leading ladies, Ursula and Anita Ekberg, were asked to make did nude screen tests - it ws obvious that Lollo wasn’t about to play such games. Not at 36, when Ursula was 27. Anyway, Hollywood censors cut all the nudity.
- Elizabeth Taylor, Cleopatra, 1963.
- Rosanno Schiaffino, The Long Ships, 1964. She wuz right: No role for her! Director Jack Cardiff really wanted Ursula Andress... a favourite model of La Lollo, the photographer, in the 80s.
- Jeanne Moreau, Mata Hari, agent H21, France, 1964, Another Delannoy plan for La Lollo that went astray - the life of Margaretha Geertruida "Grietje" Zelle (1876-1917), aka Mata Hari, the Dutch-Frisian exotic dancer, courtesan and WWI double-agent, executed by the French for espionage. Moreau was directed by ex-husband Jean-Louis Richard from his and FrançoisTruffaut’s scenario.
- Ingrid Thulin, Return From The Ashes, 1964. La Lollo as a shrink who survived the concentration camps... the mind boggles! Hers, too. Or her agent’s. Quite suddenly, she got a bee in her bonnet. Not about usual concerns - script, salary, costumes - but perks! She, or her MCA agent George Chasin, demanded various fringe benefits. Or she’d walk. Producer Walter Mirisch refused, positive that she wouldn’t walk away from her hefty salary. “Consequently, we took a hard stand... We held our ground and she held hers.” (Probably an MCA ruse to free her to join either Sean Connery in Woman of Straw or Rock Hudson in Strange Bedfellows).
- Sophia Loren, Lady L, 1965. "I turned up on the set the first day and I was the only one there," recalled director George Cukor. "At first, she was charming. Then, I don't know what happened, she began piffling around - and her time limit for staying in America expired. In the old days, [MGM boss] LB Mayer would've called her to his office: Report for work in the morning, babe, or you're out!" She fretted about having to look 80 by the end. Or, as Sophia always said, "She's good as a peasant, incapable of playing a lady." Miaou!
- Melina Mercouri, Les pianos mécaniques (US: The Uninhibited), France-Spain, 1965. "La Dolce Vita without the filthy language," she said of Juan Antonio Bardem's 60s script. "There are laughs in wrong places," admitted its star James Mason.
- Ingrid Thulin, Return From The Ashes, 1965. Always fast on the Litigation Button, she sued United Artists for $1million for breach of contract.
- Kim Novak, The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders, 1965. Director Terence Young went through all plausibilities... From the Connerys (Diane Cilento) to Sophia Loren opposite Warren Beatty. Plus Lollo and Richard Harris.
- Catherine Deneuve, Belle de Jour, France-Italy, 1967. Four years before the Luis Bunuel classic, veteran realisateur Jean Delannoy tried to film Joseph Kessel’s book with Severine played by Gina - Delannoy’s Esmeralda in Notre Dame de Paris, 1956. Instead, they biopicked Napolean;s sister, Venere imperiale/ Imperial Venus.
- Luisa Kuliok, Más allá del horizonte/Beyond The Horizon, TV, Argentina-Italy, 1994. Thinking big, Argentina’s Canal 9 Libertad asked her to play Asunción Olazábal in the soap. Gina preferred any TV projects to be closer to home.