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Dame Julie Andrews


  1. Jean Seberg, Saint Joan, 1957.    Seven years away from her double whammy of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, at 22 Julie was a more   musical than drama star. (Indeed, she starred in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s TV Cinderella, instead). She later became close friends  with another (odd)  notion of the tyrannical producer-director Otto Preminger  -  Carol Burnett, future comic and Godmother of Julie’s daughter, Emma Walton.
  2. Moira Shearer, Peeping Tom, 1960.    She was a Michael Powell pal but had not yet made her screen debut. He rejected her as “too famous.”  Disney would never have allowed her to be Mary Poppins if she’d been part of Powell’s vilified “scandal.”  It ruined his career.
  3. Audrey Hepburn, My Fair Lady, 1964.  Jack Warner’s biggest error - guarding his record $5.5m purchase by choosing non-singing Hepburn (at $1m) over Broadway's star (at $75,000), thereby allowing Walt Disney to offer a triumphant consolation prize ($125,000). Hollywood remembered on Oscarnight, ditching Eliza Dolittle for Mary Poppins as Best Actress. “Julie, you should have done it,” Hepburn told her, “ but I didn't have the guts to turn it down.” And Warner had told her if she refused, Eliza would still not go to Julie but… Elizabeth Taylor!
  4. Kim Novak, The Amorous  Adventures  of  Moll  Flanders, 1965.    Losing the Connerys, director Terence Young  chased  after the Julies. Andrews and Christie.  “Julie Andrews would have been a different sort of Moll but there are many facets  to her.”
  5. Vanessa Redgrave, Camelot, 1967.   The übercalifragilisticexpialidocious  Andrews was announced with Richard Burton in 1964.  Well, they had been the Broadway team. Shani Wallis, Oliver! 1967.  When Lewis Gilbert was “was born to direct it,”the A List names fell like confetti... Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, Peter O’Toole, Peter Sellers - and Elizabeth Taylor as Nancy.  When Hollywood turned stupid(not for the last time). Hey, Fagin’s a Cockney, right? (Jewish, actually). Who was the last great [sic] Cockney - and who was his co-star then? Right, let’s get the Mary Poppins pair - Julie and Dick Van Dyke. This was not the reason Gilbert never made the film.   Just one of them.
  6. Shani Wallis, Oliver! 1967. When Lewis Gilbert was “was born to direct it,” the A List names fell like confetti... Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, Peter O’Toole, Peter Sellers - and Elizabeth Taylor as Nancy. When Hollywood turned stupid (not for the last time). Hey, Fagin’s a Cockney, right? (Jewish, actually). Who was the last great [sic] Cockney - and who was his co-star then? Right, let’s get the Mary Poppins pair - Julie and Dick Van Dyke. This was not The Reason Gilbert never made the film. Just one of them.
  7. Samantha Eggar, Doctor Dolittle, 1967.   Considering the abusive Dr Rex Harrison (called Tyrannosaurus Rex behind his back) was 58. Fox was none too sure who should be his romantic interest. He wanted his My Fair Lady stage co-star because he was furious she was never even considered for the film version.  (“Eliza Doolittle is supposed to be ill at ease in European ballrooms. Bloody Audrey [Hepburn] has never spent a day in her life out of European ballrooms”). Or his pal, Maggie Smith, was 34. Barbra Streisand (who would have punched out at his anti-Semiticism) was 25. Hayley Mills was 21.  “Yes, he was unkind and vitriolic and very mean-spirited,” recalled Eggar, 28, “but he was also very funny. Until, of course, he turned on me, too.”
  8. Sally Ann Howes, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, 1967.    Julie could sing this one: Truly Scrumptious was for Julie designed, whereupon  she declined... Sally Ann had succeeded Julie in the Broadway  run of My Fair Lady. “They couldn’t have picked a better Truly Scrumptious, she  was stunningly beautiful,” said co-star Dick Van Dyke. “She  loved those kids and they loved her… spent a lot of time with them, you know, between shots telling stories and playing games.” The film flopped.  So did Julie’s Star! and Darling Lili
  9. Jean Seberg, Paint Your Wagon, 1968.   Julie (and her usual reserve: Sally Ann Howes), Faye Dunaway and Lesley Ann Warren  passed. Diana Rigg proved unwell. Kim Novak pounced.  But the US star of the French nouvelle vague won Elizabeth and, for a while, her co-star: Clint Eastwood… "plain nuts" about her.   
  10. Petula Clark, Goodbye Mr Chips, 1969.   She  was due to re-unite with her Camelot stage partner, Richard Burton... who, ironcially, refused Pet Clark as a substitute because she was... a singer!   What was Julie,  an ecdysiast?

  11. Julia Foster, Half A Sixpence, 1967.  As we have seen, she was chased for just every musical; for evertyh musi alParamount didn’t quite understand what it had in the musical based on HG Wells’ Kipps - wanting Andrews or Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke and Bob Hope for the top roles!
  12. Angela Lansbury, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, 1971.     Disney's inevitable choice for  Eglantine Price (a witch in training) as songs and scenes were devised by Mary Poppins maker Robert Stevenson and songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman. Angela had been one of Disney's early thoughts for Mary Poppins
  13. Twiggy, The Boy Friend, 1971.    Announced  for the lead in 1964. Twiggy’s was the West End role that led to Julie winning My Fair Lady on Broadway.  
  14. Glenda Jackson, The Boy Friend, 1971.   Then, in  1970, Ken Russell cheekily offered her the cameo of the injured star... (so  the  understudy  must go on...and be a star).
  15. Mia  Farrow, Follow Me! (US: The Public Eye), 1972.     The 1965 plan with Cary Grant.
  16. Tuesday Weld, Once Upon a Time in America, 1982.   Italian maestro Sergio Leone claimed he interviewed “over 3,000 actors” and taped 500 auditions for the 110 speaking roles in his New York gangster epic.  He certainly saw four for Jamwes Woods’ moll, Carol - Andrews, Claudia Cardinale (sole female star of his better epic, Once Upon a Time in the West) and Kay Lenz… who must have been surprised not to find herself among the 33 girls he saw for Robert De Niro’s  nymphet, Deborah.
  17. Jane Alexander, City Heat, 1984.    Not often a Clint Eastwood film goes belly up.   Well, it was Blake Edwards project to begin with: Kansas City Jazz. Mailing his script to Sondra Locke to win Clint's interest, Edwards naturally suggested his own wife for the other role. Clint’s co-star, Burt Reynolds, yelled foul! Having made The Man Who Loved Women with Julie (also directed by Edwards),  Burt had no wish to repeat the experience. Clint backed him up - getting rid of the both Edwards and Sondra, as well.
  18. Kim  Basinger, My Stepmother  Is  An  Alien, 1988.      Film went through three  female aliens,  three  titles,  eight writers, 15 scripts and $2m in six years.  And never got it right!
  19. Angela Lansbury, Beauty and the Beast, 1990.  Julie was up for voicing Mrs Potts in Disney’s 30th toon feature - won by Lansbury, one of Walt Disney’s original choices for Mary Poppins, long before the 1963 production.  Julie finally  joined cartoon voices as John Cleese’s queen in  the Shrek franchise in 2003.
  20. Leslie Caron, Let It Be Me, 1995.    Too busy planning a Broadway version of Victor/Victoria - and refusing a stage Thoroughly Modern Millie.
  21. Christine Ebersole,The Wolf of Wall Street, 2012.   Martin Scorsese’s first notion for the titular eco-criminal Leonardo DiCaprio’smother - in their fifth collaboration.(Rob Reiner played his father. And two other directors were also cast: Jon Favreau and Spike Jonze).
  22. James Corden, Into The Woods, 2013.












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