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Shirley MacLaine not the perfect Aouda


I could have seen Cyd Charisse, Rita Hayworth, Kay Kendall, even Vivien Leigh play Aouda. Sophia Loren would have made a good Aouda, although she's a bit bosom-y for the part (I know Carlo Ponti would never have allowed her to do it). I think Shirley MacLaine is a wonderful, wonderful actress, but this just wasn't the best role for her. Who do you think would have been good in such an exotic role?

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How about Ava Gardner? In fact, that very year (1956) she did a role as a half-caste Indian woman in the movie "Bhowani Junction," opposite Stewart Granger. She would have been vastly superior to Shirley MacLaine who, though a likeable actress, was really quite wrong for the role of Aouda. It's worth noting that Ava was married to Frank Sinatra at the time, who had a cameo part in the movie.

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Excellent idea--I'd forgotten all about "Bhowani".

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And having an affair with Luis Miguel Dominguin, a Spanish bullfighter who plays himself in the movie.

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Shirley surely (sorry, I've been wanting to do that for years) didn't have a lot to do in this movie, except look decorative.🐭

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Well someone who at least looks Indian for a start

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they could have been really adventurous and cast an indian actress.

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