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Ellen Burstyn

  1. Jean Seberg, Saint Joan, 1957.  Although a trifle old at 25for the 19-year-old Maid of Orleans, the tyrannical producer-director Otto Preminger was intrigued by the Broadway debutante. She made her first movie in 1964 after four years of (24) TV roles.  Preminger also considered such unlikely Joans as Ursula Andress, Julie Andrews, Anne Bancroft, Claire Bloom, Carol Burnett, Joan Collins, Angie Dickinson, Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine, Mary Tyler Moore, Kim Novak (from Otto’sMan With The Golden Arm, 1955) ,Debbie Reynolds, Maggie Smith, Liz Taylor and…Mamie Van Doren!
  2. Karen Black, Five Easy Pieces, 1970.      Among the (very) few seen for Rayette.
  3. Eileen Brennan, The Last Picture Show, 1971.     Critic-turned-director Peter Bogdanovich saw her as Genevieve, gave her Ruth…
  4. Cloris Leachman, The Last Picture Show, 1971.    … and she said No, she would rather be Lois.  As Ruth, Cloris wonthe support Oscar.
  5. Ann-Margret, Carnal Knowledge, 1971. She auditioned for director Mike Nichols and later said she could not have matched Ann-Margret’s performance.
  6. Ann-Margret, The Train Robbers, 1973.    How far they had fallen intwo years... From Mike Nichols to John Wayne!  Having got to know each other other when the New Yorker  visited Howard Hawks’ El Dorado set in Old Tuscon, 1965, John Wayne asked Peter Bogdanovich to direct this average oater- and offered his Last Picture Show star the female lead.  They both passed.   Said Peter to Duke: “You gotta do mine first.”
  7. Louise Fletcher, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975.
  8. Faye Dunway, Network, 1976.    Trashing director Sidney Lumet’s choice of Vanessa Redgrave, the film’s Oscar-winning writer Paddy Chayefsky wanted Ellen (Candice Bergen or Natalie Wood) as his ratings-obsessed programming chief, Diana Christensen.“if you're going to hustle, at least do it right.” F  aye got the Oscar. And her then-hubby Terry O’Neill got his classic Morning After photo!
  9. Anjelica Huston, Lonesome Dove, TV, 1989.    This is the project that Bogdanovich wanted Wayne to make first… John Ford took against it, told Duke not to do it. Jimmy Stewart meekly followed,  although Henry Fond stayed aboard awhile, Streets of Laredo became a book and, in turn, a (brilliant) TV mini-series.
  10. Connie Booth, American Friends, 1990.    After Anne Bancroft passed,  Ellen was seen in Paris by Michael Palin for his newest script - based on an incident in his great-grandfather’s diary. But his director, Tristam Powell, found she was more humorous, soft, attractive and vulnerable than how he saw Miss Caroline Hartley. Connie was a Monty Python and Fawlty Towers star during her 1968-1978 marriage to John Cleese.
  11. Vanessa Redgrave, Evening, 2006.    When Texan director Jonathan Caouette was in talks, Burstyn was mentioned for the lead. Finally,  Hungarian Lajos Koltal directed Redgrave. Plus Glenn Close, Meryl Streep and her daughter Mamie Gummer.  Said top critic Roger Ebert: “There are few things more depressing than a weeper that doesn’t make you weep.
  12. Meryl Streep,   Evening, 2007. The original  director Jonathan  Caouette   had been talking with Ellen about playing Lila Ross. In her fifth movie, Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep’s second born, played the younger version of her mother’s role.  Natasha Richardson did likewise for her mother Vanessa Redgrave’s role

 

 

 





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