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Hayley Mills


  1. Lori Martin, Cape Fear, 1961.    Having made her a star inher 1959 Tiger Bay debut,UKdirector J Lee Thompson badly wanted Hayley to be Nancy, teenage daughter of Gregory Peck and Polly Bergen.She was, however, contracted to Disney. And Uncle Walt wouldn’t let her play depraved games with RobertMitchum... and shewouldn’t have saved the thriller from flopping and ruining Peck’s Melville Productions company.
  2. Sue Lyon, Lolita, 1962.    ... nor with Humbert Humbert.Hayleywas 16 and her father said: "I wouldn't let her readthe book let alone playtherole." Walt Disney would not even let her see it. Years later, she admittedwishing she hadmade the film.She lived it, after all, from 20 onwards-ten years with her lover-mentor and eventual husband, directorRoy Boulting, 33 years her senior
  3. Pamela Franklin, The Lion, 1962.    They should have let her read this one...
  4. Merrie Spaeth, The World of Henry Orient, 1964.    Took a full year to make up her mind, hence the star role switched from Rex Harrison to Dick Van Dyke to Peter Sellers. Spaeth never made another film, moving into media and politics at the FBI and... atthe White House.
  5. Lorrraine Power, The Golden Head, US-Hungary, 1964.    The co-prod was never released in the US. Not surprising after Richard Thorpe replaced original director James Hill, Lorraine (in her only film) replaced Hayley and George Sanders  substituted Lionel Jeffries.
  6. Samantha Eggar, Doctor Dolittle, 1967.    Considering the abusive Dr Rex Harrison (called Tyrannosaurus Rex behind his back) was 58.  Fox was none tyoo sure who should be his  romantic interest.  His pal, Maggie Smith, was 34. His My Fair Lady stage and screen co-star Julie Andrews, 32.  Barbra Streisand (who would have punched out at his anti-Semitism)  was 25. Hayley was 21. “Yes, he was unkind and vitriolic and very mean-spirited,” recalled Eggar, 28, “but he was also very funn.  Until, of course, he turned on me, too.”
  7. Katharine Ross, The Graduate, 1967.    Broadway genius Mike Nichols came to town and saw, tested, auditioned almost every babe of the correct age for Mrs Robinson’s daughter.   From Baby Doll to Lolita, by way of Saint Joan and The Flying Nun… Hayley, Ann-Margret, Elizabeth Ashley, Carroll Baker, Candice Bergen, Patty Duke, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Sue Lyon, Carol Lynley, Yvette Mimieux, Suzanne Pleshette, Lee Remick, Jean Seberg, Pamela Tiffin, Tuesday Weld, Natalie Wood. Having played Games with her that year, Simone Signoret recommended Ross to Nichols.
  8. Susan George, Straw Dogs, 1971.    Dustin Hoffman confessed to making it just for the money but still objected to his (weak) hero having such a nymnphettish wife. Sweet littleSue, however, was made of sterner stuff. She fought Hollywood heavyweight director Sam Peckinpah and bravely said she’d quit rather than agree to his overly explicit portrayal of her rape scene.  Peckinpah gave in and kept his camera on her face, not her body. Cuts by the UK censor then made the (three minute) sequence worse by actually implying sodomy.  (Any video release was banned until… 2002). Jacqueline Bisset,Judy Geeson Linda Hayden, Judy Huxtable, Hayley Mills, Helen Mirren, Charlotte Rampling, Diana Rigg and Carol White were also in the mix for Amy - the name of George’s future production  company.
  9. Susan Hampshire, The Pallisers, TV, 1974.   The BBC’s 26 chapters of various Anthony Trollope books were inspired, of course, by Aunty’s Forsyte Saga triumph in 1967 - underlined by Hampshire as Glencora Palliser, just as she’d been Fleur Forstye. Actually, Mills was first choice but her doctors felt it all too strenuous after giving birth to Crispin, while Hampshire’s medics felt it was just what she needed after tragically losing her expected child. As at chez Forsytes, she was in good company: Anthony Andrews, Roland Culver, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Roger Livesey, Anna Massey, Caroline Mortimer, Barbara Murray, Peter Sallis, etc.
  10. Susan Sheridan, The Black Cauldron, 1984.     The former Disney kid star was invited back to voice the young heroine Ellonwy. Not the usual Mouse House toon feature - all swords and sorcery, evil and revenge and no songs at all! That explains Tim Burton’s participation… in his last Disney job before flying solo.
  11. Amy Poehler, Inside Out, 2014.     Pixar made it. So, obviously, Disney released it - and wanted its legendary Hayey to voice Joy - one of the five emotions struggling inside the head of young Riley.



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