Isa Miranda

  1. Claudette Colbert,  Zaza, 1939.        Being French, CC was  obviously  more perfect than the Italian  Miranda for the  sexy French chanteuse falling for  a handsome, aristocratic but married Herbert Marshall.  Besides, Isa’s accent was “too thick for the great American  public” in her planned US debut. Paramount, more politely, said she was injured. She made her own Italian version in 1943, minus  Claudette’s advisers: Alla Nazimova and Fanny Brice.
  2. Jane Wyman, Miracle in  the Rain, 1955.    Ben Hecht scripted his weepie novel and intended directing it. Benedict Bogeaus took it over for Lupino.Then,Italian producer Alfred Guarini bought it for his wife, Miranda.  Until producer Frank P Rosenberg brought the rights back to Hollywood – with Audrey Hepburn in mind for the lonely woman meeting a lonelier Van Johnson in a rainy New York. Problem was  every producer had Audrey Hepburn in mind for something. 


 Birth year: 1909Death year: 1982Other name: Casting Calls:  2