- Dianne Foster, The Kentuckian, 1954. Producer-director (and star) Burt Lancaster and Harold Hecht mused over Novak for Hannah Bolen. Except Lancaster did not want anyone taking the shine off him.
- Shirley MacLaine, The Trouble With Harry, 1955. When Alfred Hitchcock couldn’t land Grace Kelly,Paramount pushed him towards Kim. Not this year! She had to wait three years for...Vertigo.
- Jean Seberg, Saint Joan, 1957. Although a trifle old at 24 for the 19-year-old Maid of Orleans, the tyrannical producer-director Otto Preminger washigh onKim after her working on his previous drama, TheMan With The Golden Arm, 1956., opposite Frank Sinatra. She was working againwith The Voice in Pal Joey when Preminger also considered such unlikely Joans as Ursula Andress, Julie Andrews, Anne Bancroft, Claire Bloom, Carol Burnett, Joan Collins, Angie Dickinson, Shirley MacLaine, Mary Tyler Moore, Debbie Reynolds, Maggie Smith, Liz Taylor and…Mamie Van Doren!
- Carroll Baker, Bridge To The Sun, 1961. MGMconsidered French realisateur Etienne Pérrier’s subject too expensive until Carroll said oui.
- Delphine Seyrig, L’Année dernière à Marienbad/Last Year In Marienbad,France,1961. And Kim never knew - until, being quizzed by the French Press inthe 80s about how she had the gall to turn down the national treasures,the two Alains:cineaste Resnais and scenarist Robbe-Grillet.
- Piper Laurie, The Hustler, 1961. She knew about his one. And told Larry King.
- Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast At Tiffany’s, 1961. Kim told CNN’s paterfamilias Larry King that she was asked to be Holly Golightly first. Audrey’s$750,000 salary, made her the highest paid actress after Elizabeth Taylor. (They had the sameagent, Kurt Frings).
- Doris Day, Move Over Darling,1963. The obvious blonde refused to rescue Marilyn Monroe’s aborted Something’s Got To Give.
- Elizabeth Taylor, Cleopatra, 1963.
- Brigitte Bardot, Le Mépris (US: Contempt), France, 1963. France tried again... Producer Carlo Ponti wanted, as per usual,Loren-Mastroianni. French auteur Jean-Luc Godard tried hard for another proven team:Novak-Sinatra... but was happier with Bardot-Piccoli. “She’s a loyal girl,”said Godard. “Without her OK, the film would never have happened - the first time she acted her real age, 29. She was extraordinary.” And this remains the BB film most frequently seen on French TV channels.
- Angie Dickinson, Poppies Are Also Flowers, 1966. 007 director Terence Young chose his Moll Flanders couple, Kim and Richard Johnson. They wed after that film but neither joined the 20 stars in Ian Fleming’s drugs trade exposé as the marriage began to flame out.
- Deborah Kerr, Eye of the Devil,1967.After eight weeks as David Niven’s wife, Kim fell victim to the bizarre film’s Satanism - she fell from a horse- and 90% of Sharon Tate’s second film had to be re-shot.
- Gina Lollobrigida, The Young Rebel, Italy-Spain-France, 1968. Final Hollywood title for a, rather than the life of Cervantes, as played by Horst Buchholz.
- Vanessa Redgrave, Isadora, 1968. Outlandish idea before the biopic caught the attention of UK director Karel Reisz. OK, like Isadora, Kim was American but she she was no dancer. Then again, nor was Isadora. More like a prancing naked hippy at Woodstock.
- Anouk Aimée, The Appointment, 1969. The pitch? An Italianlawyer believeshis wife is the highest paid hooker in Rome...Mastroianni-Novakbecame Omah Sharif-Anouk.Boring!
- Jean Seberg, Paint Your Wagon, 1968. Kim pounced when Julie Andrews (and her usual reserve: Sally Ann Howes), Faye Dunaway, Lesley Ann Warren passed and Diana Rigg proved unwell. But the only US star of the French nouvelle vague won Elizabeth and, for a while, her co-star: Clint Eastwood. Just plain nuts about her.
- Verna Bloom, Animal House, 1978. Director John Landis wanted Dean and Mrs Wormer to be Jack Webb and Kim.