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Angie Dickinson

  1. Jean Seberg, Saint Joan, 1956.        Although a trifle old at 26  for the 19-year-old Maid of Orleans, the tyrannical producer-director Otto Preminger was intrigued by the sexy Dakatoian - mainly in TV at the time: Alcola Theatre, General Electric Theatre,  Matinee   Theatre, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars.  Instead of Joan, she made Shootout At Medicine Bend with Randolph Scott.. Preminger also considered such unlikely Joans as Ursula Andress, Julie Andrews, Anne Bancroft, Claire Bloom, Carol Burnett, Joan Collins, Sophia Loren, Shirley MacLaine, Mary Tyler Moore, Kim Novak  (from Otto’s  Man With The Golden Arm, 1955),  Debbie Reynolds, Maggie Smith, Liz Taylor and…  Mamie Van Doren!
  2. Janet Leigh, Psycho, 1960.    What IMDb calls “modern sources” indicate that Alfred Hitchcock took his time to find his shock murder-in-the-shower victim in his most famous film. His check-list for Marion Crane included Martha Hyer, Shirley Jones, Hope Lange, Piper Laurie, Lee Remick, Eva Marie Saint and Lana Turner. Plus Angie Dickinson - who had her own big shower moment 19 years later in Dressed To Kill. Of course she did, Her director was the eternal Hitch copier, Brian De Palma. (Which is why he also used a body double).

  3. Sarita Montiel, Run of the Arrow, 1956.    
    “I think I tested for that movie with Brian Keith.” Yes, but with Brian’s brother Robert - and maverick auteur Samuel Fuller was really testing  the cameraman, Joseph Biroc! Sam kept Angie to dub Montiel -  and then booked Angie for his next outing, China Gate, 1957. “I guess Sam was already seeing something he liked.  Sammy was robust, energetic... I was almost an amateur when China Gate came along; if he could’ve afforded anyone bigger or better, I’m sure he would’ve taken them. But he trusted me. I did have that thing called maturity.  I never played the schoolgirl or an immature person; I always played a mature girl or woman - and one who was unafraid. Cautious, maybe, but not afraid.”

  4. Claire Kelly, Party Girl,  1958.        For Genevieve, Robert Taylor’s wife in director Nicholas Ray's $1,740,266 Hollywood finale which, bien sur, only the French adored. And still do.
  5. Natalie Wood, West Side Story,  1961.      Angie was seven years older than Natalie. So this made as  much sense as Burt Reynolds as Tony!
  6. Carroll Baker, The Carpetbaggers, 1964.      The role of novelist Harold Robbins’ version  of Jean Harlow was the one Angie regretted refusing the most. Or so she told Larry King on CNN. New York producer Joseph E Levine fabricated his own ritzy sex symbol. .. thereby seriously ruining Baker’s serious career.
  7. Romy Schneider, La piscine, France-Italy, 1969.      Angie,  Leslie Caron,  Delphine Seyrig, Monica Vitti, Natalie Wood were unavailable or wanted their favourite cameraman or refused swimsuit scenes. (Difficult with that title). Alain Delon said: “What if I ask Romy?” For her,  it was a gift from her god. He  re-launched his on-off lover’s  fading career. She was now a wife and mother, while he had one lover in the film (Madly), another visiting (Mireille Darc) before making a movie about (and with) the three of them (Madly, 1970). Realisateur Jacques  Deray never gave up on Angie and set her opposite Jean-Louis Trintignant in Un home est mort,  1972.
  8. Ali MacGraw, The Getaway, 1971.    It was Steve McQueen and Stella Stevens… then Steve and Angie … for  the one-man wild bunch Sam Peckinpah .. Until the final casting also led to a second Mrs McQueen. Not in the same league as Angie.
  9. Linda Evans, Dynasty, TV, 1981-1989. She had done her TV stint as Police Woman Pepper Anderson, 1974-1978, and felt she was a role model for the good.   As for Krystle Grant Jennings Carrington, hell she could have phoned her in. Linda only became feisty when Joan Collins joined the show and kicked ass like (at her suggestion) a female JR Ewing.
  10. David Selby, Falcon Crest, TV, 1981-1989.     Angie pulled out of  negotiations (or had heard about lead harridan Jane Wyman’s tyranny) and so, Wyman’s long lost daughter  turned out to  her long lost son.
  11. Stephanie Beacham, The Colbys, TV, 1985-1987.   Another soap offer…The Dynasty spin-off tried hard to win Angie over to ABC.  First, half the suits offered the role of Sable, wife of the Charlton Heston’s billionaire patriarch.
  12. Katharine Ross, The Colbys, TV, 1985-1987.   …while the other half thought her better suited as Heston’s lover, Frankie - Lady Francesca Scott Colby.


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