- Judi Bowker, Brother Sun, Sister Moon, 1973. According to Italian stage-screen director Franco Zeffirelli, Ingrid Bergman "was furious her daughter had missed such a chance."
- Charlotte Rampling, Max, mon amour, France, 1986. When Japanese director Nagisa Oshima contacted him about the music, the "too busy" Jean-Michel Jarre, asked his lover to check the script. "I took it to the hairdresser's - and what a surprise, it was the best script I'd read in years. A strong subject [wife cheats on hubby with a monkey] yet treated so elegantly." Once Rossellini dropped out, Rampling jumped in. (Michel Portal supplied the score),
- Kim Basinger, 9 1/2 Weeks, 1985. If David Lynch had been directing... Mickey Rourke said he needed a sexier partner. Basinger rsaid kissing Rourke was like kissing an ash-tray. Among those missing that experience were Rossellini, Terri Garr, Demi Moore, Tatum O’Neal, Dominique Sanda, Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver. And Andie MacDowell who thought the script was borderline sleaze. Oh, it was way over the border!
- Elena Sofonova, Oci Ciornie/Dark Eyes, Italy, 1987. Moscow film-maker Nikita Mikhalkov announced Rossellini from the start... But the dawn of perestroika dictated a glasnost star... to use some Russiasn words from the past.
- Geraldine Chaplin, The Moderns, 1987. As Rossellini left the project, Geraldine suddenly called, inviting director Alan Rudolph to a Spanish retro of his work. "Can you come to Madrid?" "No, but can you come to Montreal?" "Alan," she says, "throws a good movie."
- Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction, 1987.
- Joan Chen, Twin Peaks, TV, 1990-1991. What a difference a break-up makes. The character of Jocelyn “Josie” Packard, in what director David Lynch then called Northwest Passage, had first been called... Giovanna "Jo" Pasqualini Packard.
- Geena Davis, Thelma & Louise, 1990.
- Andie MacDowell, Hudson Hawk, 1991. The original choice before Bruce Willis (and wife?) ran through a long list of Euro-possibilities, from Isabelle Adjani to Maruschka Detmers, before going all-American for such a massive flop that Willis changed the name of his company from then on!
- Sharon Stone, Basic Instinct, 1991.
- Rachel Ward, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, 1992. Neither one matched the fury of Frances Barber's Queen Isabella on BBC radio.
- Jamie Lee Curtis, True Lies, 1994. Arnold Schwarzenegger was starring. So, one Euro accent was better than two...
- Uma Thurman, Pulp Fiction, 1994. Definitely not one to miss.
- Meryl Streep, The Bridges of Madison County, 1995. From the day Robert James Waller's slim book took off, everyone felt she was the definitive Italian war bride Francesca. So did Waller: "She made me weep when I heard her reading the book's audiotape." After tentative efforts by directors Bruce Beresford, Sydney Pollack and the mighty Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood took over the helm. And casting. In a trice.
- Serena Scott-Thomas, Nostromo, 1997. Director of legend(s) David Lean and scenarist Christopher Hampton used to play: Cast From The Past. And it was always Ingrid Bergman as Mrs. Gould - so he offered it to her daughter. Then, the project sadly ended as a mini-series.