Turned down: "From Here to Eternity" (1953)What happened: Crawford's demand that the film be shot by her own cameraman was a deal-breaker.
Turned down: "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)What happened: Last year, Mac Laine said passing on the opportunity to play Holly Golightly, which would have come right after her Oscar–nominated performance in "The Apartment," remains one of her biggest regrets.
1 box office hit and, up to that point, the most expensive movie ever made.
Also rejected: The Elizabeth Taylor role in "Giant."Turned down: "Barefoot in the Park" (1967)What happened: Wood, who had done two earlier films with Robert Redford, wanted to take a break to attend UCLA.
A year later, the two shared the screen in "Death Becomes Her."Also rejected: The lead in "Fatal Attraction."Turned down: "Marnie" (1962)What happened: A year after the release of her last Alfred Hitchcock movie, 1955's "To Catch a Thief," she had become Princess of Monaco, and her subjects freaked when word got out that their princess might play a kleptomaniac.
She then bowed out and Hitchcock turned to another cool blonde, Tippi Hedren.
Also rejected: The part of Maria in "West Side Story" and the title role in "Cleopatra."Turned down: "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Rosemary's Baby" (both 1968)What happened: Instead of starring in these Oscar-winning films, Fonda opted to play "Barbarella" in the sci-fi turkey directed by her first husband, Roger Vadim. Also rejected: The part of Lara in "Doctor Zhivago" and the Meryl Streep role in "Kramer vs.