Winona Ryder


  1. Annabeth Gish, 1985.      At 15, she lost her first movie) but her   test had agents chasing   her.   “I’m probably one of the few kids ever to get signed by a top agency without having any acting experience – and who then left their agency a   year later. I intend to be around a long time.”   Spoken like a true God-daughter of LSD ikon Timothy Leary!   

  2. Jennifer Grey, Dirty Dancing, 1986.
    The “million dollar title” was dreamt up  by Eleanor Bergstein before  starting her script about her earlier years – ”a porno title,” complained Patrick Swazye!  MGM, Miramax, Orion, Warner,  Universal, they all rejected the project as “too girly.” Hadn’t they seen Flashdance? (Even Paramount passed and it had made Flashdance!). Deciding to make movies, Vestron Video supplied the meagre budget after falling for the story  among 4,999 other dumped scenarios.   Mindy Cohn (Velma ‘s voice in the  Scooby-Doo! toons) was an unavailable first choice for Baby Houseman.  Next? Sarah Jessica Parker, Winona Ryder, Sharon Stone,  while Bergstein (who’d picked Swayze) saw Pia Zadora as her younger self. Off to her audition, Jennifer Grey said to her father, Cabaret star Joel Grey: “Wish me luck, Daddy.”  She didn’t need it. Although ten years older than Baby, she nailed it. The girls  and  guys (Benicio Del Toro, Patrick Swayze,  Billy Zane Adrien Zmed among the Johnnies), interchanged  in further tests to find The Couple. Jennifer Grey begged: “Anyone but Patrick!” They had a good/bad history filming Red Dawn, 1983, but put their differences aside.  After all… “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”  Vestron  was  not sure what it hard and asked The Rose producer  Aaron Russo to take a look. His advice: “Burn the negative and collect the insurance”! The little film that grew is still making $1m per year…  The fllm’s hit song  – (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” –  led  to something new at weddings: You can now lift the bride…  (Oh and Swayze turned down $6m or the sequel). 

  3. Julia Roberts, Steel Magnolias, 1989.      Bette Davis tried to film the off-Broadway play with Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Producer Ray Stark decided to go younger.  “I was crazy about Winona,” said director Herbert Ross, “but she was just too young.”  She was 17, Roberts was 21.  
  4. Emily Lloyd, In Country, 1989.         Got her (short-lived) revenge by upending Emily in Mermaids.   Neither film swam.
  5. Judith Hoag, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1990.     For the first live-action Turtle trot, the innovative director of music videos Steve Barron saw many a potential April O’Neill: Ryder, Jennifer Beals, Lorraine Bracco, Sandra Bullock, Melanie Griffith, Anna Kendrick, Nicole Kidman, Brooke Shields, Marisa Tomei, Sean Young. TMNT legend states the winning Hoag lost the sequels because she had complained so much the violence – and the six-day shooting schedule.
  6. Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman, 1989.
  7. Sofia Coppola, The Godfather: Part III, 1991.
  8. Juliette Lewis, Cape Fear, 1991.     Among the many  – the very many – Christina Applegate, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Shannen Doherty, Nicole Eggeret, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt, Nicole Kidman, Diane Lane, Jennifer Jason  Leigh, Alyssa Milano, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan,  Brooke Shields, Tiffani Thiessen, Reese Witherspoon – considered  by Steven Spielberg and, later, Martin Scorsese for  the  teen daughter of Nick Nolte and Jessica Lange: Danielle Bowden.  (Nicole in the 1962 original). Some found it too sexy and, indeed, few could have equalled the on-heat musk of Juliette’s totally improvised – and one take – seduction scene with Robert De Niro.
  9. Rene Russo, Lethal Weapon 3, 1991.  For a lively addition to the fast-tiring franchise, director Richard Donner leafed through Kirstie Alley, Joan Cusack, Geena Davis, Laura Dern, Jodie Foster, Linda Hamilton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brooke Shields… and a “too young” Winona Ryder -to be Lorna Cole, an Internal Affairs cop who, after a few suspicions, becomes the partner of Riggs and Murtaugh duo, aka Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. And she survived into #4.   Carrie Fisher was the #3 script doctor but Lorna’s best line – “Close is a lingerie shop without a front window” – was a Russo  ad lib.
  10. Mila Jovovich, Chaplin, 1992.    Originally selected for Mildred Harris –  a teenage Mrs. Charlie; 2he was 17, he was 29 –  but she had been rewarded by Francis Coppola for telling him about Jim Hart’s Draculascript.  Francey made her Elisabetta, the Count’s long dead bride born again (?) as Keanu Reeves’ fiancee, Mina Murray. 

  11. Bridget Fonda, Point Of No Return,  1993.     She was keen. Warners was keen. Luc Besson was not. He’d created Nikita in France (and for his wife, Anne Parillaud).  He didn’t feel like repeating the exercise in  Hollywood.  With a stranger.
  12. Rosie Perez, Fearless, 1993.      “Her competition for the role was Winona!” declared Perez’ proud manager. “She’s  this black Puerto Rican girl from Brooklyn – and she got the role.”
  13. Sandra Bullock, Speed, 1993.    Although sharing the heroics and the driving of the bus-bomb with Keanu Reeves, most girls saw it as The Guy’s film. An amazing 36 refused to be Annie:  Winona, Rosanna Arquette, Kim Basinger, Halle Berry, Glenn Close (!), Geena Davis, Cameron Diaz, Carrie Fisher, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Barbara Hershey, Anjelica Huston, Diane Lane, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kay Lenz, Alyssa Milano, Demi Moore, Tatum O’Neal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Jane Seymour, Ally Sheedy, Brooke Shields, Meryl Streep (!), Emma Thompson (!), Meg Tilly, Marisa Tomei, Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver and Debra Winger.
  14. Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hudsucker Proxy, 1993.    “I’ve landed every role I ever wanted except forHudsucker.” Ellen Barkin, Bridget Fonda and  Nicole Kidman also lost Amy in the 1994 Cannes festival  opener from the Coen brothers. Made in ‘93 and set in 58, the capitalism satire is rooted in 40s cinema – but simply proved what we already knew. There was only ever one Frank Capra. Not a patch on  their following year’s entry (and winner of four Oscars), the glorious Fargo.
  15. Rebecca De Mornay,  The Three Musketeers, 1993.      Ryder had been an early thought for the  Countess D’Winter opposite Chris O’Donnell (D’Artagnan), Charlie Sheen (Aramis), Kiefer Sutherland (Athos), Oliver Platt (Porthos). The Disney frolic was mainly shot in Perchtoldsdorf, Austria, where Rebecca attended high school and college. 
  16. Julia Roberts, Mary Reilly,  1995.     Tim Burton went back to his Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands girl for Dr Jekyll’s parlour maid… before passing the project to UK director Stephen Frears
  17. Julia Ormond, Sabrina, 1995.     She felt she could not match Audrey Hepburn’s original. And that the role was marked by sexism. Next? Juliette Binoche, dancer Darcy Bissell, Sandra Bullock, Julie Delpy, Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robin Wright, Catherine Zeta-Jones. All better than Ormond. So it blows.
  18. Annabeth Gish, Beautiful Girls, 1995.     Another one that got away…
  19. Jeaneane  Garofalo, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, 1995.     Winona  preferred to be The Older Woman in Boys, 1996. Older, that was, compared  to co-star Lukas Haas.
  20. Renée Zellweger, Jerry Maguire, 1996.      The first idea, Tom Hanks and Winona, must have looked like father/daughter. She then tested with Cruise: they must have looked downright incestuous… Once Hanks passed and Tom Cruise breathed a sigh of relief, auteurCameron Crowe started searching for The Girl: Dorothy Boyd.   She had been Ryder opposite Hanks, but she and Cruise looked like siblings. Next? Patricia Arquette, Cameron Diaz, Bridget Fonda, Janeane Garofalo, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, Courtney Love, Parker Posey, Molly Ringwald, Mira Sorvino, Marisa Tomei, Uma Thurman, even Zellweger, came and went. Recommended by Edward Burns (one of the Jerry possibles),  Connie Britton made a good test with Cruise and she was Dorothy – depending on  Zellweger’s call back meeting with him. “We have video of that because I was filming,” Crowe told Mike Fleming Jr for Deadline Hollywood’s 20-years-later feature in 2017, “and you just see something happen when Tom sees her. He lights up… As Jerry discovers Dorothy, we discover Renée. That was a very personal thing for me and the way I feel about movies.”

  21. Kate Winslet, Titanic, 1996.
  22. Jennifer Aniston, The Object of My Affection, 1997.  Brooklyn social-worker Nina Borowski is pregnant, falling for a gay guy and wanting to raise her child with him.  Nothing is that simple…  Casting went through two other couples: Sarah Jessica Parker-Robert Downey Jr and Uma Thurman-Keanu-Reeves (someone loved Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons), before settling upon Jennifer Aniston-Pau; Rudd.  Winona Ryder, Kyra Sedgwick and Debra Winger were also in the Nina mix. But just not as as famous as Friends!     

  23. Anne Heche, Psycho, 1997.  
    So who should be knocked off real early in the shower? Except why should anyone play Marion Crane again? It’s been done. It’s a classic. And by The Master. Why re-make Hitchcock?  Ah, beg pardon, Gus Van Sant called it a reproduction. A bizarre (lazy!) notion of copying  –  the Psycho  script, word for word, action for action, move for move, shock for shock (except the shocks were too famous to  shock anymore). “Just shoot it in color and have, for instance, Jack Nicholson play the detective and Timothy Hutton play Norman Bates,” he suggested. “Universal wanted to rope me in, and I said: “Here’s the idea: don’t change anything! It’s never been done before. Isn’t that a great reason to try it?” Not really! What had he said about re-makes? The essence is missing. You might as well make an original movie. Right!  Drew Barrymore  Claire Danes and  Winona Ryder (too young; “I  wanted to preserve the integrity of the characters”), , Nicole Kidman (too busy), Laura Linney (she preferred The Truman Show, which was new) and Julianne Moor (finished up as Marion’s sister) were in the mix, before Anne Heche won the one sequence that was not the same as  in 1959 –  the shower. “it’s more grotesque. It’s more disgusting… Hitchcock was holding back, I’ll bet.”  Yet it worked much better. First is always best.

  24. Maria Pitillo, Godzilla, 1997.    Pitillo won the Golden Raspberry award as the Worst Support Actress. A star was not born.  But if Audrey Timmonds had been played by: Jennifer Connelly,  Sarah Jessica Parker (she wed the unlikely hero, Matthew Broderick, 19 days into the shoot), Parker Posey, Winona Ryder or Renée Zellweger? No, the film just stank.
  25. Julia Roberts, Conspiracy Theory, 1997.     Although faxing-pals since Maverick, Jodie Foster still had to turn down working with Mel Gibson again due to Contact. Ryder passed and Roberts went conspiritorial with Gibson.
  26. Gwyneth Paltrow, Shakespeare in Love, 1998.     When Julia Roberts and Daniel Day-Lewis didn’t make it happen in 1994, the project  became – for a wee while – Winona and Kenneth Branagh.
  27. Demi Moore, Passion in Mind, 1998.      A woman is living parallel lives: a book editor in New York, a  mother in France.  Michelle Pfeiffer tired of it – after ten years! – and  Demi beat the rest to a deal.
  28. Helena Bonham Carter, Fight Club, 1999.  Director David Fincher looked everywhere for his Marla Singer.  Sarah Michelle Gellar, Winona Ryder, Kyra Sedgewick, Renee Zellweger.  Plus two great Brits: supermodel Vanessa Angel (71 screen roles since 1985), and Anna Friel. After seeing her Wings of the Dove, Fincher wanted HBC, the suits wanted the better known Reese Witherspoon, and Reese wanted out – ‘too dark!”  Courtney Love claimed the film’s star, Brad Pitt, had her dropped  because she wouldn’t let him play her late husband in a  Kurt Cobain biopic.  Team Pitt said “You cannot be fired for a job you didn’t get..” And, anyway, directors select actors, not actors…  and yet co-star Edward Norton vetoed any idea of New Jersey comic Janeane Garofalo as she “didn’t have the chops to do it.”HBC modelled Marla on the final years of Judy Garland.  Fincher even called her Judy on-set get her back in her mindset.
  29. Christiana Ricci, Sleepy Hollow, 1999.    The role, Katrina Anne Van Tassel, historic kinfolk of  of another of the cast, Casper Van Dien.
  30. Cameron Diaz, Gangs of New York, 2000.  For Martin Scorsese, casting waseasy. In 1978, Dan Aykroyd-John Belushi were Amsterdam and The Butcher. (WTF?!!)  Or, Mel Gibson-Willem Dafoe. By 1984, Malcolm McDowell-Robert De Niro. Finally, Leonardo DiCaprio-Daniel Day Lewis. Much harder to locate the real prim pickpocket Jenny Everdeane. For the brothers blue, she would have been Jane Fonda. When Buffy The Vampire Slayer got into Sarah MIchelle Gellar’s way, Marty checked Christina Applegate (from his 1990 Cape Fear auditions), Kate Beckinsale, Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Heather Graham, Bryce Dallas Howard, Alyssa Milano, Natalie Portman, Christina Ricci, Winona Ryder, Mena Suvari… and chose Sarah Polley. Except the suits insisted on a “bankable star.” As if Scorsaese-DiCaprio-Day Lewis weren’t enough. Diaz’s six week contracted lasted six months – and did her no good at all!

  31. Kate Hudson, Almost Famous, 2000.  Looking for his Penny Lane groupie in his semi-autobiographical look back to his Rolling Stone reporter daze, auteur Cameron Crowe saw 48 of LA’s bright young things… Christina Applegate, Selma Blair, Lara Flynn Boyle, Neve Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Claire Danes, Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jenna Elfman, Jennie Garth, Maggie Gyllenhal, Alyson Hannigan, Angie Harmon, Anne Heche, Katherine Heigl, Jordan Ladd, Kimberly McCullough (busier as a TV director these days, High School Musical: The Musical – The Series, etc), Rose McGowan, Bridget Moynahan, Brittany Murphy, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laura Prepon, Lindsay Price, Christina Ricci, Rebecca Romijn, Winona Ryder, Chloë Sevigny, Marley Shelton,  Tori Spelling, Mena Suvari, Uma Thurman, Liv Tyler, Lark Voorhies.  Plus the English Saffron Burrows, Anna Friel, Thandiwe Newton and Rachel Weisz, Madrid’s Penélope Cruz, the French Charlotte Gainsbourg, Canada’s Natasha Henstridge, Ukrainian Milla Jovovich, Scottish Kelly Macdonald, Israeli Natalie Portman, German Franka Potente, Australian Peta Wilson and Welsh Catherine Zeta-Jones.  And the winner, Canada’s Sarah Polley, simply split. (Silly girl).  Crowe then chose Kate  (previously booked  for Anita) because “she seemed more like a free spirit.”  But, but, but… Chloë  was the freest spirit in all Hollywood. As she proved two years later in The Brown Bunny… in a way the others would never have dared.
  32. Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man, 2001.

  33. Anna Vareschi, The Brown Bunny, 2002.

    “I was never going to put Winona Ryder in a significant role…!” Vincent Gallo made it clear at the 2003 Cannes festival. She was never up for Chloe Sevigny’s role –  and the the shock fellatio scene. Gallo wanted her for gas station attendant Violet (all the film’s women were named for flowers) that Kirsten Dunst had agreed on until her agent heard about it. “Right after the Kirsten debacle, I just happened to get one of those Winona calls…. She calls me every five months. [Goes into an impersonation]. ‘Hi, I love you…’ And I thought, Oh wow, she’s in the papers, I know she’s done it [shoplifting] I know she’s going to jail. This will be good [publicity] for the film! ‘Hey, Noney, yeah, how’re doin’? Would you come to New Hampshire tonight and be in this film?’Oh, I’d do anything for you’… on and on and on. And this is really what happened.. It was very open, she didn’t call her agent. With all the publicity surrounding her at the time, it was actually courageous and fantastic that she actually flew into Boston and showed up on the set. The only problem was, unlike Chloe, she didn’t trust me. She ball-busted me about the wardrobe, about the make-up. At 9m, she was sleeping with a mask on and ear-plugs in and no one could get her out of the room. She had, let’s say, some tablets that seemed to have impact upon her behaviour.  So I said to my crew – of two...   “Listen guys, we’re gonna fire Winona Ryder!” And we’re going to go into town and the first girl we see over 12 and under 100 is gonna be in the movie. And I swear to the Bible… we walk into the main street of this town, I see someone with long hair, a sort of boyish body, could be a boy, could be a girl. It’s a girl!  I say: ‘Excuse me, Miss, I’m making a movie…’ Aha!  And 20 minutes later, we’re in the van – the kissing scene. Twenty minutes later!  I kiss her and I touch her and she’s traumatised. Next day, when we filmed in the gas station, she was sarcastic, nasty, horrible to me… had to readjust the scene, I think she’s fantastic and beautiful.That’s what happened.”

  34. Ashley Judd, Olympus Has Fallen, 2002.   Surprisingly, Ryder was was the studio’s first choice for the First Lady, wife of Aaron Eckhart’s President. Instead, it became Judd’s fourth of five movies with Morgan Freeman. (Olympus  is Secret Service code for the White House).
  35. Radha Mitchell, Melinda and Melinda, 2003.  It’s Autumn 20023 and, naturally, Woody Allen is embarking on his annual movie. He’s  taking the (cheap) rehab route with Winona and Robert Downey Jr. And then dumped both! He needed a winner more than a Winona after his previous, $18m Anything Else grossed only$3.8m in three weeks… He craved Winona but no company would insure her after her infamous shoplifting arrest. (Nor, he said, for Downey).  Naomi Watts was too busy.Instead of looking further, Woody allowed the film to fail by selecting the Australian he’d enjoyed in Ten Tiny Love Stories, 2000 – she was not able to carry a movie. Or, indeed two, considering her dual role. Woody learned two lessons; auditions are also known as tests and not every Aussie actress is Judy Davis. (She made five Woody movies). Ryder and Downey had worked together – in Richard Linklater’s animated take on Philip K Dick’s A Scanner Darkly in 2003, Ryder and Downey finally did get to work together – along with Keanu Reeves, Ryder’s Dracula co-star – in Richard Linklater’s animated take on Philip K Dick’s A Scanner Darkly. in 2003.
  36. Naomi Watts, Le Divorce, France-US, 2003.   She withdrew from the French project of Indian producer Ismail Merchant and American director James Ivory.

  37. Nicole Kidman, Bewitched, 2004. 
    For inexplicable reasons, Hollywood kept trying to make a movie out of the  1968-1972 ABC sitcom about a good-looking witch and a Dagwood husband.  In 1993, Penny Marshall was going to direct Meryl Streep as Samantha, then passed the reins to Ted Bissell and he died in 1996 when his Richard Curtis script was planned as Melanie Griffths’ comeback.  Nora Ephron co-wrote and directed this lumbering version about an ego-driven actor trying to save his career with a Bewitcher re-hash, but with the emphasis on him (of course) as Darrin, rather than the unknown he chose for Samatha because she can wiggle her nose…  (You didn’t need a nose to know it stank).  Over the years, 37 other ladies were on the Samantha wish-list. Take a deep breath… Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Connelly, Cameron Diaz, Heather Graham, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Angelina Jolie, Ashley Judd, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Pfeiffer, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Brooke Shields, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts, Renee Zellweger.  Plus seven Oscar-winners:  Kim Basinger, Tatum O’Neal, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon… twoFriends: Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow…eleven other TV stars: Christina Applegate, Patricia Arquette, Kristin Davis, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Helen Hunt, Jenny McCarthy, Alyssa Milano, Brittany Murphy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alicia Silverstone… even  Drew Barrymore and Uma Thurman, who had already re-kindled Charlie’s Angels and The Avengers.

  38. Molly Parker, The Wicker Man,  2005.   Winona was asked. Winona refused. Wise girl. It was a t terrible re-make of a classic UK horror film.
  39. Anna Faris, Smiley Face, 2007.      Winona was the lead when it and the film were called Mary Warner.
  40. Kristen Stewart, On The Road, 2010.  Argentina-Brazil-Canada-France-Germany-Holland-Mexico-UK-US. 2010.   Numerous attempts were made at filming Jack Kerouac’s 1957 “beat” classic. He even mused on playing himself (or his aka Sal Paradise) in 1957 opposite Marlon Brando as Neal Cassady (aka Dean Moriarty). Marlon never replied to his invite, probably thinking it was a fake. 1979: Francis Coppola bought the fights  but “never knew how to do it.” bought the rights. 1995:  He planned a 16mm black-white version with “beat” poet Allen Ginsberg. (Johnny Depp declined in the 90s).2005: Joel Schumacher helming Billy Crudup-Colin Farrell…or Brad Pitt-Ethan Hawke. Finally, Coppola & Son (Roman) and 26 other producers (!) had Brazilian Walter Salles directing English Sam Riley, Australian Garrett Hedlund – and Kristen Stewart  as Mary Lou, once offered to Lindsay Lohan and Winona Ryder. Salles also checked Joseph Gordon-Levitt-James Franco. 

  41. Sasha Alexander, Rizzoli & Isles, TV, 2010-2016. For the latest in the tele- tradition of women cop duos – the US Cagney & Lacey, BBC’s Scott & Bailey and the tres chic French Astrid et Raphaëlle – Alexander, Elizabeth Berkley, Rose McGowan, Sarah Paulson were on Warner’s Wanted list for  Chief Medical Examiner Dr Maura Isles teamed with  Detective Jane  for 105 cases in Boston.  Creator Janet Tamaro’s original choices were Ashley Judd…  and Winona Ryder – who won her own series. Two of them: Show Me A Hero, 2015, and The Plot Against America, 2020. Jennifer Connelly was considered for both roles.
  42. Charlize Theron, Snow White and the Huntsman, 2011.      When Angelina  Jolie rejected  the first of two revisionist Ms Whites that year,  Theron  quit Clint Eastwood’s J Edgar to grab the evil Queen Ravenna. And still found time for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus opposite Michael Fassbender, once listed for the Huntsman.
  43. Olivia Wilde, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, 2012.   Jessica Biel, Judy Greer, Michelle Monaghan, Sarah Silverman were also shortlisted for the rose between two thorny magicians in their old-fashioned Vegas act.  
  44. Ashley Judd, Olympus Has Fallen, 2012.   The first  First Lady, wife of POTUS Aaron Eckhart was to be Winona…. But Margaret Asher became Judd in her fourth film with Morgan Freeman – the new POTUS in the third and darkest chapter of the trilogy, Angel Has Fallen, 2018.  Olympus is Secret Service code for the White House.  And Gerard Butler, of course, was the Jack Ryan-cum-Mike Rapp-cum-Jason-Bourne-cum-obviously-James-Bond US secret service man, Mike Banning, in all three.
  45. Zooey Deschanel, Eulogy, 2013. Attached, once upon a time, to then funereal black comedy. Just not when Zooey, Hank Azaria, Ray Romano, Piper Laurie, Debra Winger were the dysfunctionals attending their patriarch Rip Torn’s funeral.
  46. Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns, 2017.   When Walt Disney made the first Poppins, he mused over Bette Davis, Angela Lansbury or Mary Martin for Mary but by 1963, he had only one star in mind. Julie Andrews.  For this reboot, Disney suits went through no less than 37 contenders… Two Desperate Housewives:Kristin Davis, Teri Hatcher. Two Friends:Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow. Two Brat Packers: Molly Ringwald, Winona Ryder.  Two of the three authors of The Penis Song: Christina Aplegate, Cameron Diaz. Three sirens: Kim Basinger, Heather Graham Uma Thurman. Four ex-child stars: Drew Barrymore, Alyssa Milano, Tatum O’Neal, Brooke Shields. Ten Oscar-winners: Sandra Bullock, Helen Hunt, Angelina Jolie, Julianne Moore, Tatum O‘Neal, Julia Roberts, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, RenéeZellweger. Plus: Patricia Arquette, Melanie Griffith, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Peiffer, Meg Ryan, Alicia Silverstone, Naomi Watts. But just two Brits: Kate Beckinsale  – and the winning Emily









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