How tall is Katharine Hepburn ?

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Katharine Hepburn's height is 5ft 7in (170 cm)

American actress best remembered for films such as Bringing Up Baby, African Queen, On Golden Pond, Woman of the Year, Adam's Rib, Summertime, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and The Philadelphia Story. In 1993 she said "I was 5 feet 7. Now I'm 5 feet 5, I'm shrinking.". She once made an interesting observation about men and height: "When a woman looks down on a man, it does something to his ego. It's quite extraordinary. They become so uncomfortable that they give you practically anything you ask for just to get rid of you."

MGM Publicity Still (circa 1941)
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SomewhereInBetween says on 5/Mar/15
Is 5'7'' tall for a women in the 30's and 40's?? She won't be particularly tall these days but of course, we are talking about a woman that was born more than a hundred years ago...
Sam says on 30/Dec/14
Rob, could you add, Alice Adams, Holiday and The Lion in Winter to her credits?
Sam says on 22/Dec/14
I actually preferred Hepburn roles opposite Cary Grant to her ones opposite Spencer Tracy...I think Grant just couldn't be outmatched at the battle of the sexes-type, wry romantic/screwball comedy roles and had just as potent on-screen chemistry w/ Hepburn, even if it wasn't also the case off-screen like w/ Tracy.
Sam says on 1/Dec/14
Another films where I thought she looked a little sub-5'7" was Stage Door, I thought Lucille Ball looked about inch taller but could have had bigger footwear.
Arch Stanton says on 14/Sep/14
If Hepburn was 5 ft 6 flat, Spencer Tracy at peak was 5'7.5-5'8 max.
Arch Stanton says on 14/Sep/14
I'm not sure she looked quite as low as 5 ft 6 flat Sue, I mean barefoot with Spencer Tracy in Adam's Rib she was looking 1.5-2 inches shorter. And the worst I can see a peak Tracy is 5'8.5" after comparing him to various actors in his 30s and 40s films and concluding he was actually around 5 ft 9 even though he could seem smaller.
littlesue says on 14/Sep/14
Looking at her next to Liz Taylor and Montgomery Clift in 'Suddenly Last Summer' I would have put her as around 5ft 6.
Mr.V says on 13/Sep/14
Here's the photo of an old Hepburn passport. It gives her height as 5'6":

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I always thought Kate was at least 5'7", but in 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' she looked shorter than 5'7" Dean Stockwell. She was only 55 at the time and she'd always been a very athletic woman, so I don't think she had lost any height.
Arch Stanton says on 4/Jun/14
She good look taller at times but seeing her barefoot in some films I thought she might have been nearer 5'7" flat.
Arch Stanton says on 4/Jun/14
Rob can you add Woman of the Year, Adam's Rib, Summertime and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner too? Yeah i think 5 ft 7 looks more likely. Spencer Tracy generally looks 1.5-2 inches taller. In Lion I think she was looking nearer 5'6" by then in her early 60s.
Arch Stanton says on 3/Jun/14
Rob how much height did she lose later on do you think? In 1968 in The Lion in Winter (which you should add here as she won Best Actress) she looks easily 3 inches shorter than Anthony Hopkins! Can you add Woman of the Year, Adam's Rib, Summertime and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner too?
[Editor Rob: maybe she wasn't really this height...I put that quote up the top which she said she was 5ft 7 and now 5ft 5 in her older years...]
Arch Stanton says on 5/May/14
5'7 range is spot on I think. Much impressed with her golfing and tennis skills in Pat and Mike.
Sam says on 21/Mar/14
I think she can seem 5'7.5", although Lucille Ball must have been a bit taller than her listing since she had almost an inch over Hepburn in Stage Door. I think for sure 5'9" is a better listing for Tracy, which would explain why when they met Hepburn thought Tracy was too short to act beside her after leading men like Fred MacMurray and Cary Grant, although none of her co-stars won her heart until Tracy.
Arch Stanton says on 14/Aug/13
She can give a 5'9" impression at times in low heels. Definitely a tall woman. Looks near 5'8" next to Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart in Philadelphia Story accounting for footwear.
Arch Stanton says on 29/Jul/13
Both Hepburn and Wayne were really old when they shot Cogburn and might have lost a similar amount of height by then but Wanye could still look 6'4" even in the 1970s.
Arch Stanton says on 29/Jul/13
I'd have guessed 5 ft 7, but I can see why a lot of men were intimidated by her not just for the fact that in heels she was taller than a lot of men. She just looks tough as nails, I wouldn't have wanted an argument with her put it that way. John Wayne looked his listed 6'4" in comparison in Rooster Cogburn and I believe Bogart was barely taller in African Queen.
richinkle says on 9/Apr/13
Hepburn was about 1 1/2" shorter than Lucille Ball in "Without Love". Ball was about 5'-7 1/2" in her prime. Hepburn was at most 5'-6".
Anon says on 18/Jan/13
Kate was a close friend from the time I was 16 until 39. She did her final work for me at her home. I am 5'9, so all the listed heights are insane! She was likely 5.5 in youth and 5.4 in her last decade. She was 88 when she recorded a wonderful story for one of my "legendary Actors" projects (Enchanted Tales Vol. 1&2...with Julie Harris,Jason Robards and Michael York). Kate had a brilliant and dry sense of humor and hated stupid questions (such as what her height was).
Robby D says on 30/Nov/12
In the biography, "KATE, THE WOMAN WHO WAS HEPBURN" By William J. Mann", Katharine Hepburn is described as standing five feet five and a half inches and weighing 110 pounds. However, in a televised interview in her twilight years she said that when she acted with Spencer Tracy she was 5'7.5" and he was 5'10" although she admitted that she had shrunk to about 5'5"

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