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Olivia Hussey


  1. Geneviève Bujold, Anne Of The Thousand Days,  1968.    First choice for Henry VIII’s second wife Anne Boleyn, was far too young at 18. The queen was 32 when beheaded on trumped up charges of adultery, incest, treason and whatever else you’re not supposed to do on a Thursday....   Also up for the chop: Geraldine Chaplin, Juilie Christie, Faye Dunaway and a way too old Elizabeth Taylor - even when Richard Burton became Henry VIII.
  2. Kim Darby, True Grit, 1968.   Producer Hal Wallis wanted Juliet to be Mattie Ross. Hussey replied:  “John Wayne doesn’t really do anything for me.” She also refused The Godfather. Which could explain why she finished up in turkeys like Lost Horizon, others taking seven years for release (or escape), fighting with Bette Davis and co-starring with Traci Lords.  Also in the Mattie mix: Genevieve Bujold, singer Karen Carpenter (aJohn Wayne idea), Mia Farrow (who kicked herself for refusing), Sally Field, Sondra Locke, Jennifer O’Neill one of Charlie’s Angels Jaclyn Smith, Tuesday Weld. Plus past and future Duke co-stars  Michele El DoradoCarey and Jennifer Rio LoboO’Neill. Oh, and Duke’s 13-year told daughter, Aissa - well Mattie was supposed to be 14.
  3. Simonetta Stefanelli, The Godfather, 1971.
  4. Tisa Farrow, Some Call It Loving, 1972.     The latest Juliet was first up for the carnival sleeping beauty. Then, Mia’s sister won - and never forgot it. She broke her left arm during the shoot! Auteur James B Harris used to be Stanley Kubrick’s producer. They worked together on the script of Lolita, the major inspiration for John Collier’s bizarre short story. Carol White stole all as the voluptuous and often nun-dressed mistress of a Californian mansion.
  5. Nancy Paul, Lifeforce, 1984.   
  6. Daryl Hannah, Roxanne, 1987.       “Oh my God Olivia, you were in one of my all time favorite films...”  This is Steve Martin meeting a titular testing Olivia. “Oh, you mean  Romeo and Juliet  (1968).” “No,” said Martin to her surprise, “I’ve seen your horror movie, Black Christmas  (1974), more than 20 times.” Didn’t help...! He could only see her as Jess Bradford, never as Roxanne.
  7. Susan Sarandon, Little Women, 1994.    Tried to win Marmee but her accent was too English for Louisa May Alcott classic all-American family. And, said the siuts, Hussey looked too much like Trini Alvarado’s Meg. Do’h. Marmee is Meg’s mother!




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