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Ruth Roman (1922-1999)

  1. Jennifer Jones, Since You Went Away, 1943.    Many were seen  by producer David O Selznick for his war effort film, a US take on MGM’s Mrs Miniver. But he always knew Jane was perfect material for his future second wife.  Roman was compensated with a screen debut bit.
  2. Rhonda Fleming, Spellbound, 1945.  Alfred Hitchcock rejected Roman as Mary Carmichael and his producer, David O Selznick, borrowed Fleming from Fox.  Although far from being a typical Hitch blond, Roman’s allure appartently grew on him. Six years later, he gave hert  the female lead in Strangers on a Train. Then again, it was a Warner film and who should be under contract to the Bros and, therefore, cheaper…
  3. Hedy Lamarr,  Samson and Delilah, 1949.  Pompous producer-director CB DeMille went back to basics with Roman…  after such wild thoughts as Larraine Day, Ava Gardner, Jane Greer, Miriam Hopkins (in 1935), song ’n’ dancer Betty Hutton, Maria Montez (perfect!), Maureen O’Hara,  Nancy Olson (too demure), Jean Peters, Ann Sheridan,  Jean Simmons (too young at 19), Gene Tierney, Italian Alida  Valli., pllus two Swedes: Viveca Lindfors and Marta Toren.  Here’s a review signed Groucho Marx: “No picture can h
  4. Kim Hunter, A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951.    New York stage-screen director Elia Kazan tested the Warners contract artist, though dearly wanting Anne Baxter as “Stelllaaahhh!!” (The name  incidentally, of one of the film’s star Marlon Brando’s numerous Bjg Apple lovers - drama coach Stella Adler).
  5. Virgina Mayo, Great Day in the Morning, 1956.     Mayo loved  the idea of the Western,  working again with director Jacques Tourneur - and all on location. “But he wanted me to be Boston Grant and I thought I’d played enough hard women and asked to be the good woman.  Big mistake! Boston was far more interesting than Ann Merry Malone.” 
  6. Gene Tierney, Toys in the Attic, 1962.      Roman tested and was lucky to lose the movie of Lillian Hellman's Broadway play. “This turgid drama and his avid actors… get completely out of hand and run wild in a baffling confusion of theatrical bursts and attitudes.” Owch! That was the New York Times critic Bosley Crowther. Obviously, director George Roy Hill was out-of-his-depth. He could not have better controlled the studio’s first, dream-wish cast. Tierney, Katharine Hepburn, Wendy Hiller and… and Vivien Leigh!
  7. Grace Zabriskie, Galaxy of Terror, 1981.  Producer Roger Corman wanted Roman but settled for the future Twin Peaks star as Captain Trantor, zealous pilot of the spacecraft Quest on a rescue mission to the mystery planet Morganthus.  Trantor was named, of course, after one of Isaac Asimov’s planets in  his  Foundation novels.





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