- Diane Keaton, The Godfather, 1971.
- Ali MacGraw, The Getaway, 1972. Critic-turned director Peter Bogdanovich wrote it for his lady. Paramount chief Robert Evans pushed his lady into it - and she ran off with co-star Steve McQueen, destroying their marriage and his dream of making The Great Gatsby with her.
- Cindy Williams, Travels With My Aunt, 1972. The aunty into various shady dealings was Maggie Smith.
- Kay Lenz, Breezy, 1972. For William Holden’s perfect mistress -young, sassy, sexy - third time director Clint Eastwood chose Kay over Cybill, Jo Ann Harris, Lauren Hutton, Tuesday Weld and Deborah Winters. Kay was then sought for and spurned almost everything - The Accused, Fatal Attraction, Hannah And Her Sisters, Once Upon A Time in America, The Terminator, Thelma and Louise - and, therefore, never reached the stardom she deserved.
- Mia Farrow, The Great Gatsby, 1973. Folllowing the lead of both Tuesday Weld and Natalie Wood, Cybill refused any screen test for Daisy Buchanan. (Lois won the other girl, Jordan Baker).
- Jane Hitchcock, Nickelodeon, 1976. Once again, director Peter Bogdanovich wrote it for his lady. Columbia production chief David Begeleman refused to let him make it with her. "There was a kinda mood in town," said Bogdanovich, "critics reviewed our relationship more than our films." The sheen was going off the affair - and off Bogdanovich, himself. While he made his nothing film, she answered Martin Scorsese’s call for “a Cybill Shepherd-type actress” for Taxi Driver.
- Ingrid Boulting, The Last Tycoon, 1976. “I went and read for [director] Elia Kazan. Remember the girl who played the part? No? Well, you would have remembered me.”
- Lois Chiles, Murder On The Nile, 1977 .No interest in being role of Linnet in Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot whodunnit.
- Susan Sarandon, Pretty Baby, 1977. The rôle was horrendous - the prostitute allowing her 12-year-old daughter’s virginity to be auctioned off in a brothel in the red-light Storyville district of New Orleans, circa 1917. Elegant French director Louis Malle saw 28 possible little Violets - and another 15 actresses for her mother: Shepherd, Candice Bergen, Cher, Glenn Close (passed), Mia Farrow, Farrah Fawcett (passed), Jane Fonda with Jodie Foster as her daughter), Goldie Hawn (prefered Foul Play), Anjelica Huston, Diane Keaton, Liza Minnelli, Sissy Spacek, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver. Malle and Sarandon became lovers and also made Atlantic City together in 1980… the year he married Bergen until his 1995 death.
- Liza Minnelli, Arthur, 1980. Arthur went from John Belushi and Bud Cort to Michael Palin and John Travolta as thoughts for his ideal woman Linda Marolla included Cybill, Mia Farrow, Farrah Fawcett, Goldie Hawn, Barbara Hershey, Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep and Tuesday Weld - in the throes of divorcing the titular Dudley Moore.
- Catherine Hicks, Death Valley, 1981. No way Shepherd could manage two gigs at once and so Hicks became Sally, the single mom meeting in Death Valley, of all places, a serial killer. I mean, what are the chances?
- Linda Hamilton, The Terminator, 1983. In all, 52 actresses were considered, seen, or tested for Sarah Connor.James Cameron created her for Bridget Fonda. She passed; so did Tatum O’Neal. He decided to go older…Glenn Close won - her schedule didn’t agree. OK, Kate Capshaw! No, she was tied to Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - just as Kathleen Turner was Romancing The Stone. Debra Winger won her audition, said yes… then no. The other ladies were: Cybill, Rosanna Arquette, Kim Basinger, Christy Brinkley, Colleen Camp, Jamie Lee Curtis, Geena Davis, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Jodie Foster, Teri Garr, Jennifer Grey, Melanie Griffith, Darryl Hannah, Goldie Hawn, Barbara Hershey, Angelica Huston, Amy Irving, Diane Keaton. Margot Kidder, Diane Lane, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kay Lenz, Heather Locklear, Lori Loughlin, Kelly McGillis, Kristy McNichol, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Mary Tyler Moore, Rhea Perlman(!), Michelle Pfeiffer, Gilda Radner(!), Deborah Raffin, Miranda Richardson, Meg Ryan, Susan Sarandon, Jane Seymour, Ally Sheedy, Cybill Shepherd, Brooke Shields, Sissy Spacek, Sharon Stone, Sigourney Weaver. Most were in contention again a few years later for Fatal Attraction (won by Close) and The Accused (going to Foster and McGillis).Ten years later (after T2), Linda gave birth to Cameron’s daughter and Josephine’s parents wed in 1997… for two years.
- Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction, 1987.
- Angelica Huston, Gardens of Stone, 1987. “It’s a compliment that I was up for the same part as she.” Huston had a new Oscar, while Shepherd had a mere Golden Globe for Moonlighting on TV.
- Kelly McGillis, The Accused, 1988. Paramount suits saw 40 young actresses for the (real life) gang rape victim - or for their own rape bait fantasies… such as 16-year-old Alyssa Milano! And a further 28 for her defence attorney. Including the Fatal Attraction also-rans (from Cybill to Debra Winger, by way of Diane Keaton and, naturally, Meryl Streep). Plus Blythe Danner, Sally Field, Terri Garr,Mary Gross, Dianne Wiest. A 1982 rape victim herself, McGillis refused Jodie Foster’s Oscar-winning role, and asked to play her lawyer.
- Kim Basinger, My Stepmother Is An Alien, 1988. One critic called Cybill “a no-talent dame with nice boobs and a toothpaste smile and all the star quality of a dead hamster.”
- Diane Lane, Lonesome Dove, TV, 1989. In 1972, Peter Bogdanovich planned a Last Picture Show reunion to support the first ever Western starring John Wayne, James Stewart and Henry Fonda. It was another Larry McMurtry tale, Streets of Laredo. The project died when a cantankerous (jealous!) John Ford more or less ordered Duke off it. And the others meekly followed. McMurtry turned it into a growth industry of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and a glorious TV mini-series.
- Geena Davis, Thelma & Louise, 1990.
- Sissy Spacek, JFK, 1991.