Best Actress Winners - Shortest to Tallest

Listed below is all winners of the Best Actress Oscars Award, with heights ranked from shortest to tallest.

Actress Height Best Actress Win
Mary Pickford 4ft 10 (147cm) 1928-29 - Coquette
Janet Gaynor 4ft 11.5 (151cm) 1927-28 - Seventh Heaven, Street Angel, and Sunrise
Helen Hayes 5ft 0 (152cm) 1931-32 - The Sin of Madelon Claudet
Norma Shearer 5ft 1 (155cm) 1929-30 - The Divorcee
Shirley Booth 5ft 1.5 (156cm) 1952 - Come Back, Little Sheba
Sissy Spacek 5ft 1.5 (156cm) 1980 - Coal Miner's Daughter
Reese Witherspoon 5ft 1.5 (156cm) 2005 - Walk the Line
Sally Field 5ft 2 (158cm) 1979 - Norma Rae
1984 - Places in the Heart
Holly Hunter 5ft 2 (158cm) 1993 - The Piano
Bette Davis 5ft 2.5 (159cm) 1935 - Dangerous
1938 - Jezebel
Jodie Foster 5ft 2.5 (159cm) 1988 - The Accused
1991 - The Silence of the Lambs
Vivien Leigh 5ft 3 (160cm) 1939 - Gone With the Wind
1951 - A Streetcar Named Desire
Anna Magnani 5ft 3 (160cm) 1955 - The Rose Tattoo
Susan Hayward 5ft 3 (160cm) 1958 - I Want To Live!
Elizabeth Taylor 5ft 3 (160cm) 1960 - Butterfield 8
1966 - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Julie Christie 5ft 3 (160cm) 1965 - Darling
Marlee Matlin 5ft 3 (160cm) 1986 - Children of a Lesser God
Kathy Bates 5ft 3 (160cm) 1990 - Misery
Natalie Portman 5ft 3 (160cm) 2010 - Black Swan
Luise Rainer 5ft 3.5 (162cm) 1936 - The Great Ziegfeld
1937 - The Good Earth
Joan Fontaine 5ft 3.5 (161cm) 1941 - Suspicion
Julianne Moore 5ft 3.5 (161cm) 2014 - Still Alice
Claudette Colbert 5ft 4 (163cm) 1934 - It Happened One Night
Joan Crawford 5ft 4 (163cm) 1945 - Mildred Pierce
Olivia De Havilland 5ft 4 (163cm) 1946 - To Each His Own
1949 - The Heiress
Jessica Tandy 5ft 4 (163cm) 1989 - Driving Miss Daisy
Helen Mirren 5ft 4 (163cm) 2006 - The Queen
Joanne Woodward 5ft 4 (163cm) 1957 - The Three Faces of Eve
Ginger Rogers 5ft 4.5 (164cm) 1940 - Kitty Foyle
Barbra Streisand 5ft 4.5 (164cm) 1968 - Funny Girl
Jane Wyman 5ft 5 (165cm) 1949 - Johnny Belinda
Simone Signoret 5ft 5 (165cm) 1959 - Room at the Top
Maggie Smith 5ft 5 (165cm) 1969 - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Frances McDormand 5ft 5 (165cm) 1996 - Fargo
Halle Berry 5ft 5.5 (166cm) 2001 - Monster's Ball
Greer Garson 5ft 6 (168cm) 1942 - Mrs. Miniver
Loretta Young 5ft 6 (168cm) 1947 - The Farmer's Daughter
Anne Bancroft 5ft 6 (168cm) 1962 - The Miracle Worker
Ellen Burstyn 5ft 6 (168cm) 1974 - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Meryl Streep 5ft 6 (168cm) 1982 - Sophie's Choice
2011 - The Iron Lady
Cher 5ft 6 (168cm) 1987 - Moonstruck
Hilary Swank 5ft 6 (168cm) 1999 - Boys Don't Cry
2004 - Million Dollar Baby
Marion Cotillard 5ft 6 (168cm) 2007 - La Vie en Rose
Kate Winslet 5ft 6 (168cm) 2008 - The Reader
Emma Stone 5ft 6 (168cm) 2017 - La La Land
Susan Sarandon 5ft 6.25 (168cm) 1995 - Dead Man Walking
Jennifer Jones 5ft 6.5 (169cm) 1943 - The Song of Bernadette
Audrey Hepburn 5ft 6.5 (169cm) 1953 - Roman Holiday
Grace Kelly 5ft 6.5 (169cm) 1954 - The Country Girl
Glenda Jackson 5ft 6.5 (169cm) 1970 - Women in Love
1973 - A Touch of Class
Marie Dressler 5ft 7 (170cm) 1930-31 - Min and Bill
Katharine Hepburn 5ft 7 (170cm) 1932-33 - Morning Glory
1967 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
1968 - The Lion in Winter
1981 - On Golden Pond
Judy Holliday 5ft 7 (170cm) 1950 - Born Yesterday
Patricia Neal 5ft 7 (170cm) 1963 - Hud
Julie Andrews 5ft 7 (170cm) 1964 - Mary Poppins
Faye Dunaway 5ft 7 (170cm) 1976 - Network
Diane Keaton 5ft 7 (170cm) 1977 - Annie Hall
Jane Fonda 5ft 7 (170cm) 1971 - Klute
1978 - Coming Home
Shirley MacLaine 5ft 7 (170cm) 1983 - Terms of Endearment
Helen Hunt 5ft 7 (170cm) 1997 - As Good as It Gets
Sandra Bullock 5ft 7 (170cm) 2009 - The Blind Side
Sophia Loren 5ft 7.5 (171cm) 1961 - Two Women
Geraldine Page 5ft 7.5 (171cm) 1985 - The Trip to Bountiful
Jennifer Lawrence 5ft 7.5 (171cm) 2012 - Silver Linings Playbook
Emma Thompson 5ft 7.75 (172cm) 1992 - Howards End
Jessica Lange 5ft 8 (173cm) 1994 - Blue Sky
Julia Roberts 5ft 8 (173cm) 2000 - Erin Brockovich
Cate Blanchett 5ft 8.25 (173cm) 2013 - Blue Jasmine
Ingrid Bergman 5ft 9 (175cm) 1944 - Gaslight
1956 - Anastasia
Gwyneth Paltrow 5ft 9 (175cm) 1998 - Shakespeare in Love
Charlize Theron 5ft 9.75 (177cm) 2003 - Monster
Louise Fletcher 5ft 10 (178cm) 1975 - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Nicole Kidman 5ft 10.5 (179cm) 2002 - The Hours
Best Actress Winners Height List compiled by

Add a Comment10 comments

Tall Sam said on 16/Jul/19
Looks like Brie Larson and Olivia Colman are still off the list here (Emma Stone is one despite winning between those two). Also Frances McDormand won this award again in the meantime.
im said on 14/Jul/19
Pam, you’re totally right, and it’s disappointing that our world is like that. It is changing though. It’s nice to see tall models in the fashion industry. Women of all heights should be appreciated, and this goes for guys as well. The unfair perceptions we have today will change, slowly, as time goes on, as it always has. There’s always a spark of hope:)
Mimi said on 9/Dec/17
So Nicole is the tallest Oscar best actress award recipient
Pammm said on 20/Nov/17
This just confirms what I already knew: the damn television and movie industries are totally biased towards short, fragile, petite "delicate-looking" women, which totally sucks for us, tall women, 5'11" and taller. It seems likr the Gina Davis and Brook Shields of the world will NEVER win an Oscar, based on bias. The same goes for news women, news anchors, god forbid a tall woman "rivaling" any male anchor, ever appears as the lead on a news show!
Charles said on 15/Jun/17
You forgot someone... Brie Larson??
ajs said on 21/Jun/16
Interesting, but not surprising that the tallest women *tend* to be the more recent of the list and the shortest of the lot from 100 years ago.
Sam said on 21/Mar/16
Time to add another winner (and looker) Brie Larson.
Tania said on 26/Aug/15
Rob, if it's not too much trouble could you do a list for the Supporting Actor/Actresses as well?
[Editor Rob: when I get time I will.]
Sam said on 17/Aug/15
Cool that you have over a foot height range from Pickford to Kidman in winner height range!
Sam said on 17/Aug/15
I don't deny that they mostly have major acting talent but it must be said that a majority of these women are quite gorgeous, more fairly average looking fellas in the Best Actor winners side. Good for women like Kathy Bates, Marie Dressler and Louise Fletcher who undoubtedly had an uphill battle for success in Hollywood, a rather superficial (and historically male-centric) industry.
[Editor Rob: I had forgotten some of the actresses who had one. Totally forgot Glenda Jackson won two of them! Yes, they are predominantly a rather attractive bunch.]

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