Angela Lansbury's Height
5ft 7in (170 cm)
Peak height was 5ft 8.5in (174 cm)
British actress best known for starring in the TV series Murder She Wrote. In film she appeared in The Manchurian Candidate, Samson and Delilah, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Gaslight, State of the Union, Please Murder Me, All Fall Down, Something for Everyone, Death on the Nile and The Mirror Crack'd. In 1985 a NY Times article called her surprisingly tall at "5 foot 8" and Lansbury herself wondered "why people think of me as a small woman"
. I read Angela saying in People (Nov 07,1988): "I'm 5'8 1/2" and I weigh 147 lbs. at the moment. It's a good weight for me. I don't think I'll ever be skinny because my bones are too big"
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laara lacey said on 7/Dec/15
I was asked by casting and directors, constantly, back in the 1960's "How tall are you anyway?". As if I was a giant. One show in the early 70's I wore, to a perfect fit, one of Ms. Landsbury's old costumes. I felt so good. At 5'81/2" I was Not a huge dame. Now I see these young actresses at 5'9", 5'10. No one seems to care anymore if your a long legged girl. I wish I'd had that.
Barking Mad said on 27/May/15
I'm surprised that she's only 5ft 8ins, I'd have guessed she was more like 5ft 10ins.
Arch Stanton said on 4/Jan/15
Rob can you add a photo and films like The Manchurian Candidate, Samson and Delilah, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Gaslight, State of the Union, Please Murder Me, All Fall Down, Something for Everyone, Death on the Nile and The Mirror Crack'd.
wesley said on 31/Jul/14
She may be 5'7 now that she's close to 90 but she was definitely 5ft8-8.5" when she was younger. I remember her in the 1944 movie Gaslight where she played the maid to Ingrid Bergman's wealthy character. Bergman was 5ft10 and Lansbury didn't look much shorter.
skywatcher43 said on 14/May/14
I knew she wasn't short, but I looked up her height because I recently saw a MSW episode w/Tom Selleck &, 'tho taller, he didn't tower above her.
Arch Stanton said on 2/Oct/13
She really looked a lot like Shelley Winters!
hawk said on 28/Sep/13
Yeah I was watching murder she wrote last night. And I said damn I didn't know she's that tall... she towers over other female actresses in the show.
Arch Stanton said on 14/Sep/13
Tall, definitely. Laurence Harvey in The Manchurian Candidate looks tall next to Frank Sinatra and Lansbury is close to his height in whatever footwear she is wearing.
Arch Stanton said on 24/Jul/13
Looks about right. In heels she's not much shorter than Raymond Burr who I've concluded was between 6'1" and 6'2" as Rob lists him at.
jtm said on 10/Feb/11
of course she has always been shorter than tom selleck because he is close to 6'4!
George H. said on 8/Feb/11
I think in her younger years, Lansbury was probably as tall as Bea Arthur. She was taller than Ingrid Bergman in that movie in the 1940's and I recently watched a Murder She Wrote rerun in which the characters of Magnum P.I. were introduced for a spin-off and a telltale sign to hide that somebody is taller is that they keep their arms bent in front of their upper body. She was obviously taller than the Higgins character judging by the length of her arms, even when the directorial choice was made for her to bend her arms in scenes with him (which were mostly shot from the waist up, not to give away that she was probably standing on a lower surface). Of course she was shorter than Tom Selleck, but then she was in her sixties or seventies and he was in his thirties.
said on 8/Feb/11
Definitely a tall gal, but I don't think taller than 5'-8". In this clip with 5'-9 1/2" Bea Arthur, Lansbury has about a 2" heel advantage, but the two stand almost exactly the same height.
Shadow2 said on 25/Dec/10
In her many movies from the mid 1940's to the 1960's Angela always seemed to look 5'9" (nearly 6' in heels), which was a height reserved for few woman in movies, one being Ingrid Bergman. Angela wore flat shoes in "Murder She Wrote" so as to not seem intimidating in her role, similar to what her tall friend Bea Arthur did in the "Golden Girls".
MERVE said on 21/Dec/10
I watched Murder she wrote as a child, but only some portions. My parents thought I was too small. Anyways, I started watching on netflix and I love it. The reason why I am here is because I thought she looked quite told specially next to other female characters.
D. Ray Morton said on 1/May/06
Yeah, she's 5'5"-5'5.5".