How tall was Judy Garland

Judy Garland's Height

5ft 0in (152 cm)

American Actress best remembered for films such as The Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade, A Star is Born, Meet Me in St Louis, Judgement at Nuremberg, Love Finds Andy Hardy, Babes in Arms, Ziegfeld Girl and A Child Is Waiting. In 1967 she said in an interview she was "only 4 feet 11".

The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland Terry 1939

You May Be Interested

Mickey Rooney
Height of Mickey Rooney
5ft 2in (157 cm)
Liza Minnelli
Height of Liza Minnelli
5ft 4in (163 cm)
Gene Kelly
Height of Gene Kelly
5ft 7.5in (171 cm)
Doris Day
Height of Doris Day
5ft 6.5in (169 cm)

Add a Comment 28 comments




Arch Stanton said on 11/Jan/15
Rob can you add Love Finds Andy Hardy, Babes in Arms, Ziegfeld Girl and A Child Is Waiting? With Mickey Rooney in Andy Hardy he was only looking a bit taller overall, in some scenes they could look the same, although she had a bit of footwear advantage. I think she looks taller than some of the ones like Veronica Lake etc.
Sam said on 12/Dec/14
Maybe a picture if you can find one to use, Rob?
jtm said on 10/Jul/14
why is she listed 5'0? she claimed 4'11 and that's what she looked.
[Editor Rob: I'm sure she had a 4ft 11 measurement, but I always thought she looked in the 5ft range more than under it when fully grown.]
Wishbone said on 9/Jul/14
There are certain movies that I label "must have" videos. The Wizard Of Oz is one of these. 5' Judy Garland was the DEFINITIVE Wizard Of Oz Dorothy,but that role is special,too,to her sister 5' Cathy Rigby. (When Cathy did a Wizard Of Oz tour in 1981,she met husband Tommy Mc.Coy!) Judy did great,too,in other MGM musicals,two WB movies,the 1954 A Star Is Born and Gay Purree,and scored great,too,in Judgement At Nuremberg. Then,on her What's My Line 1967 mystery guest appearance,before Bennett Cerf guessed Judy,Phyllis Newman asked Judy about if she did a weekly TV series. (She did in 1963-1964,but the constant format juggling and being up against Bonanza ended the run after 7 months.) But my favorite Oz character was Tin Man ("No heart,all hollow.") Judy's gone,but just like with Yul Brynner,Cathy Rigby,Raymond Burr,Rosalind Russell,and Sir Basil Rathbone,Judy will ALWAYS in my heart be Dorothy from The Wizard Of Oz.
littlesue said on 11/May/14
I have a pic of her with Natalie Wood and Liz Talor, she about an inch smaller than Natalie and 3 inch shorter than Liz which would be right as:
Judy 4ft 11.5
Natalie - 5ft 0.5
Liz 5ft 2.5
Arch Stanton said on 6/May/14
She didn't look under it to me either, although 4'11.5 is possible. She was robbed of an Oscar in 1954, I can't believe Grace Kelly's performance in The Country Girl was considered superior to Garland's in A Star is Born!! One of the worst Oscar decisions ever! Still, they got it right the next year at least with the actress in The Rose Tattoo.
ribeye said on 20/Apr/14
In the Barbara Walters interview, available on YouTube, Walters says how surprised she is to see Garland is so short. Walters has Garland stand up and Garland herself says, "I'm only four feet eleven". This is from Garland herself! Interview is found on YouTube; search "Walters interview Judy Garland"
[Editor Rob: I would be surprised if she was just 4ft 11 in her 20's.]
judymad said on 3/Feb/14
I think from comments and looking at her she was roughly around 4 f 11in cause I am 5 foot 3in and that doesn't look very tall
Arch Stanton said on 27/Dec/13
And classics like Arsenic and Old Lace, Cover Girl and The Uninvited (which spawned one of my favourite jazz standards Stella by Starlight) etc. 1944 was definitely a great year in films.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Dec/13
Nice one but can you add Meet Me in St. Louis too, I'd say that's probably her second best known film after Oz, followed by Easter Parade. It was the film in which she met Vincente Minnelli and let to the gorgeous Miss Liza Minnelli... Meet Me in St Louis was the second highest grossing film of 1944 after Going My Way. Enjoyed both, but Gaslight, Laura, and Double Indemnity were also very fine films of that year and among the best of the 40s. 1939, 1959 and 1962 had the highest number of great films though IMO.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Dec/13
Rob can you add US Actress best remembered for The Wizard of Oz, Meet me in St Louis, Easter Parade, Babes in Arms, A Star is Born and Judgement at Nuremberg? She was more than a one tricky pony! Obviously though The Wizard of Oz is her definitive role.
Arch Stanton said on 26/Dec/13
Got to say she does look as low as 4'11.5" in Meet Me in St Louis.
little sue said on 21/Oct/13
Judy was 4ft 11.5. I listened to an interview with Liza Minelli and she said her Mom was only 4ft 11. Edith Head, the Hollywood Dress designer in the 40's and 50's has her down at 4ft 11.5 on her dress statistics
Arch Stanton said on 19/Oct/13
Mmm in A Star is Born she's briefly barefoot next to James Mason in shoes and doesn't really look over 5 ft. I think this is about right.
Arch Stanton said on 19/Oct/13
She actually looks 5'2" next to James Mason in A Star is Born.I think 5'1" is nearer.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Aug/13
She looks easily 5 ft 1 next to Billie Burke in Wizard Of Oz, although I don't know if the red slippers gave her height advantage. Burke was supposedly 5 ft 3, but if say she was 5'2.5" and that would make Garland 5'0.5". I'm not even sure Burke had even quite 2 inches on her but it was near that. Either way I agree with Rob that 4'11" seems impossible next to Burke unless Burke herself was 5'1" range. She looked small in wizard of oz 5'0-5'2" but didn't look sub 5 ft tiny. I mean compare her on screen to say Mary Pickford who looked much smaller IMO.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Aug/13
She seems about 5 ft in the Wizard of Oz.
MarkyMark said on 7/Jun/13
She doesn't seem that short in the wizard of oz. She was wonderful !
Brad said on 23/Jan/12
4 feet 11. Robert Walker had her by over a foot.
jtm said on 2/Jan/12
i think liza is correct.
little sue said on 31/Dec/11
I was listening to an interview with Liza once and she mentioned how her Mother had such a big voice for someone 4ft 11. She could have just been exagerating her shortness for the story with the big voice/short statue
Jenna said on 30/Dec/11
Bruce, what a sweet story!
Judy's always been an inspiration of mine, despite the tragidy that ended her life. It's kinda neat to know that she's the same height as me. :>
Feyish said on 30/Nov/11
What an amazing story! Thanks for sharing!
Bruce said on 3/Jan/11
In June of 1967, I met Judy Garland in New York City. We had lunch one afternoon and in the following two weeks, we had dinner twice. The first time we were together, I actually was hiding her next to me and covering her with my jacket, to keep her out of public view. The next two times, I had hugged her and held her close to me. I am a fraction over six feet tall and can tell you, she appeared to be right around 5' to maybe 5' 1/2" tall. The first and second times we met, she was wearing high heels, which I am guessing were agout 3" high. The third time we met, she was wearing heels, but as the evening progressed, she took her shoes off. Based on how she stood next to me, and, the fact that in later years, my wife, who was about 5'3" stood next to me, my estimate of her height has to be accurate with 1/2". Up until the time we met, I had only see her in The Wizard Of Oz, and, A Star Is Born. I was never really a fan of hers. I was actually shocked that she was so small and petite. What I will tell you is that once she got to know you, she was a very lovely and friendly lady. Her life was a true tragedy ;-( When I met her, she had just turned 45 years old and I was 22. She remarked that I was only something like 3 months older than her daughter (Liza Minelli,) yet I could have fallen in love with that lady in a heartbeat.
volpe said on 21/May/07
my cinema textbook lists her at 4'9'' and 180 lbs. at the age of 28--
Gianetti, Louis. Understanding Movies. 10th Edition P239
Brad said on 24/Aug/06
5' in '62. I don't remember meeting her, but I did. My parents said she drank like a fish and really couldn't shut up. "She was like a typewriter that kept going by itself".
A. said on 31/May/06
Liza (5'4) mentioned once in an interview for a Judy documentary during the 80's that her mother "was a little thing, I mean when you see her, she was tiny!"

I suppose she had to be pretty small to give Liza that impression, considering she isnt overly tall herself. So probably 4'11.5 to a solid 5' max would be reasonable.

[Editor Rob: I changed my mind on her after watching some older movies...]
libs said on 11/Nov/05
most websites have her down as 4"11 1/2, and she looked pretty small in the wizard of oz (compared to the average size characters!) and she was wearing high shoes most the way through so 4"11 1/2 is believable

Heights are barefeet estimates, derived from quotations, official websites, agency resumes, in person encounters with actors at conventions and pictures/films.

Other vital statistics like weight, shoe or bra size measurements have been sourced from newspapers, books, resumes or social media.

Celebrity Fan Photos and Agency Pictures of stars are © to their respective owners.