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Jane Fonda: 'I didn't turn down Chinatown'

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May 31, 2013 | 3:31pm EDT

Jane Fonda has taken issue with a line in Bette Midler's hit Broadway play I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers because it continues the myth she was offered the lead in cult 1974 movie Chinatown. As late super agent Mengers, Midler suggests Fonda turned the role down, but the movie veteran insists Roman Polanski never officially offered her it before opting to cast Faye Dunaway. In an online chat with GoldDerby.com editor Tom O'Neill on Friday (31May13), the actress said, "In Bette Midler's play... it says that I turned down Chinatown... I'm mad about it with Roman Polanski but he never really offered me the part." During the chat, Fonda also exploded the myth that she turned down the role of Elaine Robinson in The Graduate.

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