1. - Barbara Eden, Flaming Star, 1960. Cary Grant wanted to buy her contract, consequently, The Rank Organisation jacked up the price to $80,000. "Insane as I was getting £10 a week, but they thought he was in love with me and would pay anything." He wasn't and didn't. Fox did. In London, Barbara told me what happened next... "In America, everybody wants what their next door neighbour wants and Fox paid $20,000. I went to Hollywood and sat on a beach for two years." She broke the contract by walking out of this Elvis Presley Western. "I had a tremendous fight on the third day, drove to the airport, flew to New York and called the studio next morning: 'I won't be into make-up because here I am in old New York.' And they said - honestly - 'Is it snowing?' Then: 'Come back or we'll sue you for all the money we gave you.' And I said: I've spent it all. And I'm never coming back. That was that, they let me go because it was easier."
2. - Elizabeth Taylor, Cleopatra, 1963.
3. - Susannah York, They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 1969. The role was written for Steele by her then husband, James Poe - when he was due to direct. "Alice didn't exist in the book and I never knew he was writing it for me. He never showed me anything until he'd finished. And there I was plagiarised all over the place. Couldn't bear it!"
4. - Twiggy, The Doctor and the Devils, 1985. Director Nicholas Ray's 70s' plans for the 32-year-old Dylan Thomas scenario (Laurence Harvey, Geraldine Chaplin, etc.) ended as Freddie Francis helming Timothy Dalton, Jonathan Pryce.