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Mitzi Gaynor Turned Down Classic Role


If you believe ’50s movie star Mitzi Gaynor, Gwen Verdon‘s triumph in Damn Yankees only happened because she turned it down.

In her act at Feinstein’s, Mitzi says she was offered the part of Lola in Damn Yankees on Broadway, but she already had a three-picture deal, so she couldn’t get whatever Lola wants.

Do you believe her?

Are you glad it played out the way it did?

And will Katie Holmes be the next to play that part, as witnessed by the clip of her doing it (which has been yanked off YouTube, interestingly enough)?

As you’ll remember, it’s a musical about selling your soul to the devil.

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