Payday Loans
Samantha Eggar

  1. Jo Morrow, Our Man in Havana, 1960.      Novelist Graham Greene picked her to star in a film of his Living Room.  That collapsed and he suggested her as Alec Guinness' daughter in the Cuban yarn.
  2. Jean Seberg, Lilith, 1963.   Before director Robert Rossen insisted on Seberg, Warren Beatty had been promoting Eggar, his latest redhead, for the titular role. He was also “fascinated” by Romy Schneider... while author JR Salamanca voted for Diane Cilento (Mrs Sean Connery at the time). Yvette Mimieux discovered the book and sent it to various directors, including Robert Rossen. Unfortunately, her dream role was thwarted by his lengthy decision-making. Also in the mix: Diane Baker, 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.”
  3. Julie Andrews, Torn Curtain, 1965.   Sam, Eva Marie Saint  and his (unsuccessful) discovery Tippi Hedren,  were in the Hitchcock frame for the film forced upon The Old Master by Universal. So were the starts: Andrews and Paul Newman As Hitch told me in London on April 21, 966: Casting is the first compromise.
  4. Katharine Houghton, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, 1966.     On  July 5 that year, Columbia Pictures agreed on the script’s four stars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier and Sam...  But Hepburn  had a niece who happened to be an actress in need of a leg up...  And the British redhead, good enough  for such legends as Cary Grant and  William Wyler  in  her previous two assignments, was out. But  Hepburn  had a niece who happened to be an actress in need of a lcg up...  The  way she treated her (“Spencer thinks you’re the most ungrateful person in the world... [after]  I’ve done all of this for you.  You’re so ungrateful!”),  that Houghton couldn’t wait to quit Hollywood as soon as filming wrapped. .(Even though, Tracy had explained: “Your aunt  is just a big fuss.”
  5. Julie Andrews, Torn Curtain, 1966.    Said Alfred Hitchcock - more than  once... “I always ended up with the next best.”
  6. Sandy Dennis, Sweet November, 1968.  The Doctor Dolittle pairing of Sam and Tony Newley was set for a reprise until Sandy’s rise at Warners: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? Up The Down Staircase, The Fox.  In fact, November began her fall. (The disastrous 2000 re-make was so awful it wound up among the Razzies’ 100 worst movies. Well…  Charlize Theron and Keanu Reeves never gelled).
  7. Petula Clark, Goodbye Mr. Chips, 1969.     Cary Grant’s final leading lady (Walk Don’t Run, 1966) was among numerous Brits considered - nearly all with a different Chips. Sam's was Rex Harrison.  Also up for Mrs Chips:  Lee Remick, wed to Richard Burton. 
  8. Susan Sullivan, Falcon Crest, TV, 1981-1990.    Sam was The  Heroine (the Pam Ewing)  of the soap - Maggie Giberti Channing -  in the unaired  pilot, The Vintage Years. Sullivan took over for the first nine seasons of what was nearly  Vulture's Nest, Falcon Ridge, Falcon Valle – or  even Falcon Ridge,  the  name of Rudolph Valentino's Beverly Hills home. 


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