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  1. Barbara Eden, Flaming Star, 1959.     According to  The Hollywood Reporter  in August 1960, Baker was first slated for Elvis Presley’s gal. Barbara Steele started the role, walked off and the other Barbara replaced her. 
  2. Jill St John, Holiday for Lovers, 1958.   The female roles seemed jinxed. Or was it just the lousy script? As if he wasn’t having enough issues with the emotional breakdowns of first Gene Tierney, then Joan Fontaine, as the mother, one of the daughters went from plush model Suzy Parker to the Peyton Place find, Diane Varsi,  to Diane Baker  and finally,  St. John.   Suffering  her own nervous breakdown,  Varsi quit Hollywood after Compulsion  later that year. 
  3. Elana Eden, The Story of Ruth, 1959.     Director Henry Koster and producer Samuel  G Engel saw (allegedly) about 300 actressess for The Bible’s Ruth, testing just 29… including Baker, Myrna Fahey, Ulla Jacobsson (Ingmar Bergman’s Swedish discovery), Susan Kohner, Tina Louise and Millie Perkins. Koster actually wanted Susan Strasberg. But Engel bowed to studio pressure about the Israeli Eden (ex-Cooper), one of George Stevens’ final five possibles for The Diary of Anne Frank, 1958, won by… Perkins.
  4. Natalie Wood, West Side Story,  1961.    Great little actress but never enough charisma for the big screen. A much better bet than... Angie  Dickinson!
  5. Jean Seberg, Lilith, 1963.    Yvette Mimieux discovered the JR Salamanca book and sent it to various directors, including Robert Rossen. Unfortunately, her dream role was thwarted by his lengthy decision-making - and Warren Beatty advising him to see Seberg… after promoting Samantha Eggar and Romy Schneider. Also in the mix: Dianes Baker and Cilento (Salamanca’s choice, who was Mrs Sean Connery at the time), Sarah Miles (too busy with her secret lover, Laurence Olivier) and Natalie Wood. Seberg, who never understood why it was not given to Audrey Hepburn, was delighted to win. “I’d really begun to reach the end of my little American girls in Paris.”
  6. Rosemary  Forsythe, The War Lord, 1965.     Tight money on Charlton Heston's  epic (made on Universal's  back porch) meant forgetting Julie Christie for a Universal pactee to  join his “cast of dozens.”



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