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The Thorn Birds (TV Mini-Series 1983– ) Poster

(1983– )

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Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown fell in love on the set. They were married in 1983 and have three children.
Many actresses tested for the role of Meggie, including Michelle Pfeiffer. Finally, it came down to two actresses, Rachel Ward, and Jane Seymour. Producers liked Seymour's acting much better, but felt she was too strong an actress and lacked the vulnerability needed to play Meggie. So the part went to Ward.
Bryan Brown, who played Luke O'Neill, was the only Australian on set.
The role of Mary Carson was offered to Audrey Hepburn.
Producers found the conditions of shooting in Australia to be impossible. Most of the sheep ranches were to far out in the middle of nowhere for film crews to get to, and the requirements placed on American film crews to shoot in Australia were unrealistic. So the entire ranch, Drohgeda was built in California.
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According to Rachel Ward, the water that Ralph and Meggie were swimming in on Matlock Island was ice cold.
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Olivia Newton-John auditioned for the part of Meggie.
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Kim Basinger was interested in and considered for the role of Meggie.
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Barbara Stanwyck, who suffered from emphysema, caught bronchitis during filming.
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Although in her mid-seventies, Barbara Stanwyck looked so good the make-up team had to age her.
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Rachel Ward has said she initially did not consider herself to be the right type for the role of Meggie, instead envisioning Sissy Spacek in the part.
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This was originally going to be a major movie release with Ryan O' Neal starring. Herbert Ross was to direct, but he quit and then Peter Weir was considered. Eventually the decision was made to produce it as a mini - series.
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Tristan Rogers was heavily considered to play the role of Father Ralph.
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Bette Davis campaigned for the role of Mary Carson, which went to Barbara Stanwyck.
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Lynne Frederick expressed interest in this production and even dyed her hair red to campaign herself.
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None of this miniseries was filmed in Australia, although most of the plot is set there.
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