|What could have been, but never was...|
The following is a list of projects that Anna could have been involved in but never worked out.
Some are from
television, others from film, music and print.
Haley Mills, who would win
the last given "Kid's Oscar" for her performance.
Richard Dreyfuss and
Mia Farrow auditioned to be some of the Von Trapp children in The
Sound of Music. Unknown actors were eventually cast in the
roles in this
Best Picture winner of 1965 which starred Julie Andrews.
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden The part of the mentally disturbed lead character was offered to Anna in the late 1960s. She turned it down because she wanted to be married and not work at the time. Many years later, Kathleen Quinlan did the job, after several other actresses, including Natalie Wood.
Soapdish Anna was announced for the lead part in this comedy about a zany soap opera star--a role that was actually written with Anna in mind. No word as to why, but Sally Field was ultimately cast in the part in this 1990 feature
One Red Rose For Christmas Anna co-starred with Helen Hayes in the 1958 and 1959 live television versions on "The US Steel Hour". She was in negotiations in 1997 to play the part Hayes originated, but the project never worked out.
The New Patty Duke Show planned to have Anna and the cast from the 1999 television reunion movie, The Patty Duke Show: Still Rockin' in Brooklyn Heights, reprise their roles in a weekly series. The ratings for the movie were not as high as everyone had hoped, so the idea for this series was eventually discarded.
"Our Town" Anna was to star as Stage Manager in this Spokane Civic Theatre production of her favorite play. She later had to exit the project due to a conflicting schedule with her TV movie, Love Lessons.
"The Paisley Convertible" is a play
Anna was slated to do in Chicago in 1970 but was fired during the
rehearsals. This was around the time she found out she was pregnant
A Patch of Blue Anna was offered
the lead part of a blind girl, opposite Sidney Poitier and Shelley
Winters, who falls in love with an African-American man. Anna's
managers, John and Ethel Ross, did not want her to take the part because
they felt that playing a blind person so close to the time she portrayed
Helen Keller would stereotype her for future roles. Elizabeth
Hartman played the part and earned an Academy Award nomination for her
Tugboat Annie In the early
1970s, newspapers announced that Anna would star as this heroine in a
weekly television series, but the project eventually
In the 1970s, Anna was supposed to do a
bio-pic based on the life of Janis Joplin. This
never happened but in the last year of the decade, the thinly disguised
Joplin biography, "The Rose" was released with Bette Midler in the
In the 1990s, Anna was suggested to play
Jean Neidich, the founder of Weight Watchers, but nothing ever came
Anna was to star in the movie, Sterile Cuckoo. The part eventually went to Liza Minnelli.
Anna was originally the first choice for the role of Sister Bertrille in 1967's The Flying Nun. The role later went to Sally Field.
Anna auditioned for the lead role in 1976's Sybil, although was not cast due to a clash with the director. Daniel Petrie later signed on to direct, but Sally Field had already accepted the role.
Anna was offered a role in CBS's new 2003 drama, Cold Case, but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. She would have played the role of Sister Vivian, a 70-year-old nun.
Anna was up for the role of Amanda in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" that was to run at the Kennedy Center in 2004. The role instead went to Sally Field.
Anna was considered for the role of Capt. Kathryn Janeway in 1995's Star Trek: Voyager. For reasons unknown, the role went to Kate Mulgrew. Other actresses who were also considered include Geneviève Bujold, Erin Gray, Nicola Bryant, Joanna Cassidy, Linda Hamilton, Carolyn McCormick, and Lindsay Wager.
In January, 2004, Anna was up for a guest-starring role on NBC's drama, Law & Order. However, she had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts.
After Anna took on the role of Mama Rose for the Spokane Civic Theatre's production of "Gypsy," there was talk of her replacing Bernadette Peters in the Broadway production. Unfortunately, the show's producers announced that it will close due to a loss of investors' money.
Anna was slated to star as Golda Meir in the national tour of "Golda's Balcony." Unfortunately, the role later went to Valerie Harper.
Anna was slated to star as Audrey in both the play and movie entitled "Together Again for the First Time."
Anna was up for the role of Mama Rose in the Bucks County Playhouse production of "Gypsy." Ironically, the theatre had rented the same costumes from the company that provided them for the Spokane Civic Theatre production in which Anna starred!
In August, 2008, Anna filmed a pilot with Lolita Davidovitch entitled Throwing Stones. Unfortunately, it was not picked up by the Canadian channel CBC, supposedly because they could not find a suitable time slot.