1. - Kyle Richards, The Watcher in the Woods, 1980. A British horror (truly) with Bette Davis.
2. - Jennifer Jason Leigh, Fast Times At Ridgemont High, 1981. Auditioned as Stacy in the classic Cameron Crowe scenario.
3. - Rebecca De Mornay, Risky Business, 1982. They were making Francis Coppola’s The Outsiders earlier that year when Tom Cruise told Diane about a great script he had - with a great role for her as Lana. “Oh no,” she said, “my father would never let me play a prostitute!”
4. - Amy Irving, Yentl, 1983. Oh, it’s good to be King wife. Amy was the first wife of Steven Spielberg, who was close with La Streisand. Barbra was the first woman in Hollywood history to write, produce, direct, star and sing a feature film.
5. - Rebecca De Mornay, Risky Business, 1983.
Nothing was gelling for Tom Cruise during intensive ensemble casting sessions for The Outsiders - he even stopped in mid-scene and told the mighty Francis Coppola: “This isn’t working for me.” While playing a lesser role, Tom received this star-making script - and immediately asked Coppola’s leading lady to become Lana.
“No way in hell is my daughter going to be a hooker,” said her father. She went into Coppola's second consecutive film of an SE Hinton novel, Rumble Fish.
6. - Daryl Hannah, Splash, 1983. Turned it down for the right reasons, yet they all flopped: Streets of Fire and her third Francis Coppola film, The Cotton Club.
7. - Demi Moore, St. Elmo's Fire. 1985. Producer Lauren Shuler Donner and director Joel Schumacher wanted Diane. She did not want them. “We met with Demi,” said Lauren, “and knew that she was the right person for it. One of my best experiences was making that movie - nobody was a prima donna, it was a pleasurable experience.”
8. - Kelly McGillis, The Accused, 1987. Paramount suits saw more than 30 young actresses for the (real life) gang rape victim (or their own rape bait fantasies) - and a further 28 for her defence attorney. Including Glenn Close, Jamie Lee Curtis, Geena Davis, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Goldie Hawn, Barbara Hershey, Amy Irving, Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Michelle Pfeiffer, Susan Sarandon, Mary Steenburgen, Meryl Streep, Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver, Dianne Wiest, Debra Winger. McGillis, a 1982 rape victim herself, refused Jodie Foster’s Oscar-winning role, and asked to be her lawyer.
9. - Sean Young, A Kiss Before Dying, 1991. Diane refused to read, uninterested in any third film with Matt Dillon.
10 - Juliette Lewis, Cape Fear, 1991. Among the many - the very many! - Christina Applegate, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Shannen Doherty, Nicole Eggeret, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Alyssa Milano, Demi Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Molly Ringwald, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Brooke Shields, Tiffani Thiessen, Reese Witherspoon - considered by Steven Spielberg and, later, Martin Scorsese for the teen daughter of Nick Nolte and Jessica Lange: Danielle Bowden. (Nicole in the 1962 original). Some found it too sexy and, indeed, few could have equalled the on-heat musk of Juliette’s totally improvised - and one take - seduction scene with Robert De Niro.
11 - Bridget Fonda, The Godfather: Part III, 1991.
12 - Sharon Stone, Basic Instinct, 1991.
13 - Sandra Bullock, Speed, 1993. Although sharing the heroics and the driving of the bus-bomb with Keanu Reeves, most girls saw it as The Guy’s film. An amazing 36 refused to be Annie: Lane, Rosanna Arquette, Kim Basinger, Halle Berry, Glenn Close (!) , Geena Davis, Cameron Diaz, Carrie Fisher, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Mariska Hargitay, Barbara Hershey, Anjelica Huston, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kay Lenz, Alyssa Milano, Demi Moore, Tatum O’Neal, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Winona Ryder, Jane Seymour, Ally Sheedy, Brooke Shields, Meryl Streep (!), Emma Thompson (!), Meg Tilly, Marisa Tomei, Kathleen Turner, Sigourney Weaver and Debra Winger.
14 - Kelly Preston, Jerry Maguire, 1996. A big mistake by writer-director Cameron Crowe.
15 - Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man, 2001.
16 - Sarah Polley, Dawn of the Dead, 2004. The producers first dreamt of Diane as Ana in Zack Synder’s remake of George Romero’s 1978 cult classic.
17 - Renée Zellweger, Appaloolsa, 2008. Diane was cast first as widow woman Allison French but quit the shooting of the kinda son-of- Lonesome Dove by Robert Parker, creator of Spenser, Jesse Stone - written, produced, directed by and starring Ed Harris.