How tall was Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall's Height

5ft 7.5in (171 cm)

American actress, best remembered for roles in films The Big Sleep, Key Largo, To Have and Have Not, How to Marry a Millionaire, Written on the Wind, Designing Woman, Applause, The Shootist, and The Mirror has Two Faces. A 1956 article mentioned "She is a rather tall girl, measuring 5ft 7.5 inches in her bare tootsies and up to 5ft 10 in high heels". She mentions height has held her back professionally and that some tips for tall girls are: "Don't slouch. Don't wear low heel shoes. They make you look big; take advantage of your height."

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Average Guess (6 Votes)
5ft 7.67in (171.9cm)
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Apr/16
I thought 5ft8 but this is acceptable also
Paul said on 18/Apr/16
She was at least 5'8". Check this scene out with Dorothy Malone. Click Here
MaryAnne said on 12/Aug/15
1 year...
MaryAnne said on 22/Jun/15
Lauren,Dear... RIP
littlesue said on 16/Jun/15
I read her auto-bography and she says Bogie was 5ft 10!!, have a pic of them by the pool in no shoes and he looks about 1 to 2 inches taller than her
Arch Stanton said on 12/Jun/15
I always thought she looked an honest 5 ft 8 but I guess 5'7.5 is possible, seems as Wayne is now under 6'4". Bad news for Bogie, I find it hard to believe she was shorter than him!
Sam said on 21/Nov/14
I thought she looked pretty near the 5'8" mark with Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable.
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richinkle said on 14/Aug/14
Lauren Bacall was an easy 5'-8" at her peak. She was at least as tall as Angela Lansbury, as this image demonstrates: Click Here
jtm said on 13/Aug/14
looked closer to 5'7.
Sam said on 13/Aug/14
Yeah, 2014 has been a very rough year for losing our beloved actors :=(
Arch Stanton said on 13/Aug/14
Noooo, another legend we've lost in 2014. Loved her, one of the few Golden Hollywood big stars who was left.
Gonzalo said on 13/Aug/14
At least 1`70. Tall and beautiful lady, specially in her first films. RIP
Mr. R said on 12/Aug/14
Just heard she passed away. We are losing all the legends.
Arch Stanton said on 15/Jul/14
In Blood Alley she certainly looks easily 5 ft 8 next to Wayne.
Arch Stanton said on 12/Jun/14
I mean, compare her at 65 to somebody like Shelley Winters at that age :-)
Arch Stanton said on 12/Jun/14
Rob, any chance of adding a photo? The older she got the hotter she got IMO. I thought she looked much more attractive by Misery in 1990 than she was in the Bogie days.
[Editor Rob: yeah I'll add one]
Arch Stanton said on 10/May/14
OK maybe 5'11 ish in average heels, she's more 1-1.5 inches shorter than Stack I think but I question the 181 listing for Stack!
Arch Stanton said on 10/May/14
She was hitting virtually 6 ft in heels. In Written on the Wind she was only about 5-6 inches shorter than Rock Hudson and 0.5-1 inch shorter than Robert Stack who would have been between 6' and 6'1" in shoes I think.
littlesue said on 10/May/14
I would have said 5ft 8 Arch, just read her biog and she does'nt mention what height she is just how she was so tall for a girl, she makes a point of mentioning that Bogart was 5ft 10 and half though!!
Arch Stanton said on 10/May/14
Rob can you add To Have and Have Not, How to Marry a Millionaire, Written on the Wind, Designing Woman, Applause, The Shootist, and The Mirror has Two Faces?
Arch Stanton said on 10/May/14
Still looked near 5 ft 8 and a tall woman in The Shootist.
Shar said on 7/Dec/13
So many tall actresses in that great movie, Murder on the Orient Express. Not just Bacall, but also Vanessa Redgrave, Ingrid Bergman, and Wendy Hiller, all 5'8' or over.
Arch Stanton said on 25/Nov/13
She does look near 5 ft 11 in heels next to Albert Finney.
Arch Stanton said on 25/Nov/13
Actually looks about 5 ft 9 next to Sean Connery in Murder on the Orient Express.
Dennis said on 11/Sep/13
Sorry. You are incorrect. Lauren Bacall was nearly 5'9". She was very self-conscious about being so much taller than the average woman. Her height was the reason she initially got into modeling.
tex said on 13/Jun/13
Wayne also was well known to wear lifts, especially with taller actresses like Bacall. Capucine said "John Wayne wore lifts in his boots" and they did "North to Alaska" together.
Lorne said on 25/May/13
What!?! She was clearlly shorter than bogart, even without lifts. Not that I don't think she was 5'8, she was tall, but I have alays said 174cm for Bogey. If she is 5'8, then he has to be 174cm, he was a tad taller.
Parker said on 12/May/13
fairweather says on 10/May/13
-5'10"--solid.

That would make Bogart 5'11 - Not a chance

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classicmoviebuff said on 5/Jun/11
Yochana is right. In her prime she was a shade under 5'7. Look at the last few frames of her first film with (her soon to be husband) Humphrey Bogart. They leave side by side and you can see the shoes that each is wearing. She's about an inch shorter than Bogart.

Recently I spent a long plane flight, and long wait to board, with Lauren. I'd say 5'6 is perhaps too high an estimate (and yes she doesn't wear heels), she's in her mid 80s and uses a walking stick.
Rae<3 said on 24/Jun/07
WOW, lauren bacall was SOOOO pretty back in the day! shes still very respected!
Adam said on 19/Feb/07
I thought she was still tall for some reason. But she looks only about 5'6" next to Glenn.
glenn said on 18/Feb/07
i know shes a legend guys.im being sarcastic.im talking about i only knew a few movies as classics.
Anthony said on 18/Feb/07
Bacall is one of the most respected actress of her time period. She kind of fell off the map after "HTMAM", but she is genrrlly regarded as a legend by most film buffs. Stuff like "The Big Sleep", "To Have And Have And Not" and "Key Largo" are all classics, though her films without Bogart neer seemed to get a great deal of recognition. But when naming older actresses who've influenced them, Bacall is almost alwys brought up.
glenn said on 18/Feb/07
gee i never knew she was a legend.really?.

[Editor Rob: Maybe for that generation, I mean show a pic of Bacall in a retirement home and mostly everybody would know her, show a pic of Christian Bale and more than half wouldn't be able to name him.]
Sam said on 17/Feb/07
What are you talking about her filmography isn't that impressive the woman is a legend. Also Bogart would stand on boxes to make himself appear taller on screen.
Glenn said on 13/Feb/07
VERY difficult.NEVER poses.I wasnt too impressed looking at her filmography.I only reconized a couple movies.and they wernt really famous movies.How to Marry a Millionaire I guess was the biggest.
Amit said on 12/Feb/07
Looks like she is 5'7"
Anthony said on 11/Feb/07
Awesome photo. 5'6 looks right for today. One of the few living legends we still have
John said on 11/Feb/07
she maybe 5'7
Anonymous said on 17/Dec/05
In an old article with Vanity Fair, she said she was 5 foot 7 when she met Bogart but loved big heels. Also for Madame Toussaud's, they measure you extensively, so no fudging. I was quite shocked at how short a lot of the stars were.

[Editor Rob: well, way in the past a few stars did 'agree' to such a thing. But I know that for many they have had to do the 'guessing' game aswell, except sometimes they have access to such things as a tailor measurement ;)]
Parker said on 2/Jul/05
Rob - Don't know if its a camera illusion but Bogart looks an inch or two taller than Bacall on the photograph you suggested to look at....

[Editor Rob: it's a tricky one...I'm not sure if both were 174cm, maybe bacall marginally shorter...although if you've seen bacall and bogart in film you congratulate the director of photography for ensuring bogart looked a big guy compared to her]

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