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    Hello… A couple of years ago I made a list from IMDB & wikipedia of people considered or cast and then recast for roles that ended up oscar nominated or winning.  I just redid the list with additional info found on Turner Classics Movies database and not starring . com.  

    The ladies listed were all considered (or something like that) according to at least one of those 4 sites trivia sections.

    If Joan Fontaine had not been an option who would you have chosen regardless of of the details in which they were not chosen (like scheduling conflicts, etc.)???   I found a total of 16 names associated with casting of this role, those not listed above are:

    Heather Angel
    Frances Dee
    Julie Haydon
    Anita Louise
    Patricia Morrison
    Nova Pilbeam
    Marjorie Reynolds 

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    Vivien Leigh looks like the choice.  Wanna know why she didn’t get it?  Notes I gathered said Hitchcock thought her too beautiful and sophisticated to play the role.  We all know now of course she had the talent to play this role.  I choose Margaret Sullavan w/ Leigh & Fitzgerald close behind.  I think in the back of my mind maybe I like Sullavan & Fitzgerald so much maybe bc I read that note about Leigh?  Anyway, Fontaine was awesome!

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    Vivien Leigh is the popular choice, especially considering Selznick produced both this and Gone with the Wind. She’s perhaps the most famous name listed above, so that doesn’t hurt her cause one bit.

    My choice is Geraldine Fitzgerald, a great great great character actress of the era, perhaps best known for her Oscar-nominated turn in Wuthering Heights. She displays a quiet fragility that is necessary for this type of romantic character of the gothic era.

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    Well said about Fitzgerald.  I’ve always enjoyed watching her.  Just the other day I saw her on an episode of “The Golden Girls” in her 70’s…she was just marvelous.

    The note about Leigh is correct as well…her being the most famous name IMO would be in retrospect.  Her fame from GONE WITH THE WIND alone would likely also equal the much longer resumes of box office favs like Carole Lombard & Loretta Young in the 30’s.

    Vivien Leigh is the popular choice, especially considering Selznick produced both this and Gone with the Wind. She’s perhaps the most famous name listed above, so that doesn’t hurt her cause one bit.

    My choice is Geraldine Fitzgerald, a great great great character actress of the era, perhaps best known for her Oscar-nominated turn in Wuthering Heights. She displays a quiet fragility that is necessary for this type of romantic character of the gothic era.

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    Tough choice.  Top 3 for me are Leigh, Fitzgerald, and O’Hara. Opted for Leigh.

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