- Brooke Shields, The Blue Lagoon, 1979. Story goes that she tested as naked shipwrecked victim and failed the audition.Hard to believeconsidering that within a year, she broke through as the extremely erotic Matty Walker in the red hot film noir, Body Heat.
- Michelle Pfeiffer, Scarface, 1982. Too hasty for her own good, she rejectedthe role of Elvira Hancock. But then so did Rosanna Arquette, Kim Basinger, Colleen Camp, Glenn Close, Geena Davis, Judy Davis, Carrie Fisher, Jodie Foster, Melanie Griffith, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kay Lenz, Kelly McGillis,Kristy McNichol, Deborah Raffin, Brooke Shields, Sharon Stone.
- Nastassja Kinski, La lune dans le caniveau (US: The Moon in the Gutter), France-Italy, 1982. Director Jean-Jacquas Beineix reunited his Diva team. Adjani was suggested but JJB wanted Tess… Casting diector Dominque Besnehard was disappointed because he wanted Turner who tested while in Paris for the opening of Body Heat. “Hah, ” sneered Toscan de Plantier, the Gaumont boss, “there’s a plethora of films like that pn America.” (If so, this one would not have been such a hit. Toscan knew more about opera than cinema). “I hate Beinex! I hate Gaumont!” But Turner got on well enough without them. She had Coppola, Huston, Nicholson… Romancing The Stone, Prizzi’s Honour, Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married, The War of the Roses, etc.
- Daryl Hannah, Splash, 1983. A mermaid?Moi?
- 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. Hedecided to go older…Glenn Close won - her schedule didn’t agree. OK,Kate Capshaw! No,she was tied toIndiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - just as Turner was Romancing The Stone. Debra Winger won her audition, said yes… then no.The other46 ladies were: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 TylerMoore, 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 incontention againa 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.
- Sharon Stone, King Solomon's Mines, 1984. Sharon was cast by mistake! That’s what her co-star Richard Chamberlain claimed in the 2014 docu, Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films. Cannon One, Menahm Golan, wanted "that Stone woman." Meaning: That Stone woman - Kathleen Turner, hot off Romancing the Stone. Both films (or all three, as Mines was shot concurrently with its sequel, Allan Quatermain and the City of Gold) were shamelessly ripping off Raiders of the Lost Ark. Good story, Chamberlain! Except Turner said in her memoirs that she simply passed on the Jesse Huston role. "If the part doesn't work for me, I turn it down."
- Elisabeth Shue, Adventures in Babysitting, 1986. For his directing debut, Gremlins writer Chris Columbus saw just about every gal in town for the explosive night of babysitter Chris Parker: a project hanging around (with Jane Fonda) since the 60s. Twenty years on, Jane’s niece, Bridget Fonda, was booked. Turner was the next “first choice.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus auditioned - and passed to Jodie Foster.. But she also passed - to Michelle Pfeiffer… and she quit for The Witches of Eastwick! More auditions were held for: Justine Bateman (her TV series, Family Ties, cancelled that idea!), Melanie Griffith, Andie MacDowell, Tatum O’Neal, Brooke Shields, Sharon Stone. Columbus refused Kelly McGillis and Valerie Bertinelli lost out to Shue on the final day.
- Kim Basinger, 9 1/2 Weeks, 1986. Obvious thinking. Kathleen was the sexiest lady in Hollywood. For an hour. UK director Adrian Lyne saw ‘em all! Turner, Demi Moore, Tatum O’Neal, Isabella Rossellini, Dominique Sanda, Sigourney Weaver. And Andie MacDowell who thought the script was borderline sleaze. Oh, baby, it was way over the border!
- Shelley Long, The Money Pit, 1986. Steven Spielberg's offer became a leverage to force Fox into a salary hike for the Romancing The Stone sequel,Jewel of the Nile. Spielberg won,too. Kathleen voiced Roger Rabbit's sultry misses, Jessica. "I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way."
- Susan Sarandon, Witches of Eastwick, 1987. Among the many...
- Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction, 1987.
- Kelly McGillis, The Accused, 1988. Paramount suits saw 40 young actresses for the (real life) gang rape victim. Or, their own rape bait fantasies… such as 16-year-old Alyssa Milano! And a further 27 for her lawyer. Including Fatal Attraction also-rans from Geena Davis, Sally Field, Goldie Hawn, Barbara Hershey, Tuesday Weld - to Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep and Debra Winger, who were offered both roles. Plus Turner, Beverly D’Angelo, Blythe Danner, Carrie Fisher, Teri Garr, Mary Gross, Sigourney Weaver, Dianne Wiest. A 1982 rape victim herself, McGillis refused the lead. She had no wish to revisit the horror and pain of her own assault six years earlier. Obviously. However, she agreed to play Sarah’s defence attorney - on condition that the studio-described “unsexy” Jodie, and no one else, played Sarah! The suits caved, tested Foster and the rest is Oscar history… dated March 29, 1989.
- Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman, 1989.
- Madonna, Dick Tracy, 1990. Turner, Kim Basinger, Michelle, Pfeiffer… actor-producer-director Warren Beatty mentioned them all. And cowered at their prices. Betweenwhiles, his new trysting partner agreed to become Breathless Mahoney for scale: $1,440 a week. Madonna's finaltake, however,including points and record sales, was close to $20m.
- Geena Davis, Thelma & Louise, 1990.
- Sharon Stone, Basic Instinct, 1992.
- Sigourney Weaver, 1492,1992. Beating off Glenn Close and Turner, Weaver returned to her Alien maker Ridley Scott as Isabella of Spain. Cameos was her plan after Alien 3.
- Sandra Bullock, Speed, 1993. Although sharing the heroics and the driving of the bus-bomb with Keanu Reeves, most girls saw it as The Guy’s film. An amazing 36 refused to be Annie: Turner, Rosanna Arquette, Kim Basinger, Halle Berry, Glenn Close (!), Geena Davis, Cameron Diaz, Carrie Fisher, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Mariska Hargitay, Barbara Hershey, Anjelica Huston, Diane Lane, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kay Lenz, Alyssa Milano, Demi Moore, Tatum O’Neal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Jane Seymour, Ally Sheedy, Brooke Shields, Meryl Streep (!), Emma Thompson (!), Meg Tilly, Marisa Tomei, Sigourney Weaver and Debra Winger.
- Diane Keaton, Marvin’s Room, 1996. Angelica Huston, Turner, Sigourney Weaver,they queued to play oppposite Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and... do battle with Meryl Streep!
- Isabelle Huppert, La Pianiste (The Piano Teacher), Austria-France-Germany, 2000. Before Michael Haneke won the rights, another Austrian - actor-director Paulus Manker - tried to mount his version of Elfriede Jelinek novel. With Turner or Helen Mirren. (Haneke thought they were both too old. Mirren was 55. Huppert was 47 - a year older than Turner, who admittedly, looked older.