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At one point, Brooke Shields was cast as Catherine Sloper, but dropped out due to her commitment to the TV series Suddenly Susan (1996).
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Jennifer Jason Leigh beat out Meg Ryan and Diane Lane for the lead role.
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Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as Catherine. Other actresses to play Catherine have included Olivia de Havilland in the 1949 film version, Julie Harris in a 1961 television version, and on Broadway, Wendy Hiller in 1947, Jane Alexander in 1975, Cherry Jones in 1995, and Jessica Chastain in 2012.
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Shot over a period of 8 weeks.
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The first time this material has been filmed under its original title. The 1949 version starring Olivia de Havilland and Montgomery Clift was called The Heiress (1949).
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Of all the characters she's played, Jennifer Jason Leigh found Catherine Sloper to be closest to her own personality. When she heard that a remake was in the works, she met with Agnieszka Holland and pleaded with her for the part.
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As Catherine Sloper is supposed to be exceedingly plain, Jennifer Jason Leigh wore little or no make-up throughout the shoot.
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Agnieszka Holland hadn't seen The Heiress (1949), William Wyler's take on the same material when she agreed to make this.
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