1. - Rita Hayworth, Only Angels Have Wings, 1939. 1938. Howard Hawks had his pilots. Now he needed... an ex-lover for Cary Grant. Between November 30-December 2, Hawks shot tests (opposite Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess, Sig Ruman, etc) with his #1 choice, Linda Winters (by Citizen Kane, she was called Comingore), Rochelle Hudson (she made 111 screen roles in 37 years) and Beverly Holden. Then, following appeals from George Chasin, Hitchcock’s young agent, a certain Miss Hayworth won ... “because the camera loves her face.”
2. - Jane Randolph, Highways By Night, 1942. Dorothy was the trucker teaching Richard Carlson’s geeky inventor about real life. And then she wasn’t.
3. - Lucille Ball, The Big Street, 1942. Her career was going up, from The Three Stooges to Capra, when Orson Welles made her Susan Alexander, the second Citizeness Kane. Damon Runyon tested her for this tale but nothing ever gelled again. After three more films, her 15 minutes were up in 1951.