How tall was Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck's Height

5ft 4 (162.6 cm)

American actress, best remembered for roles in films such as Double Indemnity, Meet John Doe, The Lady Eve, Stella Dallas, Ball of Fire, Witness to Murder, The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Flesh and Fantasy, Sorry, Wrong Number, The Woman in Red. She also appeared in TV shows The Big Valley and The Colby's. In a 1965 Boston Globe article, she was described as "5 feet 4 inches without shoes, weighs 108 [pounds]"

Barbara Stanwyck - early still

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Average Guess (4 Votes)
5ft 3.88in (162.2cm)
Arch Stanton said on 18/May/23
About 4 inches shorter maybe slightly more than William Holden in heels, see 33:26. If Holden is around 5'11.5 in shoes, 5'7.5 in those heels seems about right. Click Here She's becoming one of my favourite actresses of the 30s and 40s, love the smoky voice too! There's an earthiness about her you don't get with other actresses, the actress equivalent to a valuable antique musical instrument!. Trying to find more her 30s films.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Dec/20
Barbara had SUCH a gorgeous voice, I can understand why she was so popular.

And then she had the classic good looks to match.

5ft4. 🕯️💐
Giorgi said on 17/Jan/17
I love love love love this woman. The fact that she's about two inches shorter than so called "ideal
can't be less important :)
Arch Stanton said on 10/Dec/14
The Bitter Tea of General Yen was a good example of those early 30s movies which had that hostile sort of atmosphere in them. I thought it was pretty good. Remember it came at a time when the Chinese were growing suspicious and launching wars.
Gonzalo said on 9/Dec/14
One of the greatest actresses of all time. 1`63 is spot on for her.
Sam said on 8/Dec/14
The Bitter Tea of General Yen was an interesting film, am I right Arch, if a bit static-y? Would make an interesting double feature with Song at Midnight, which was also recommended in 1001 movies you must see.
Arch Stanton said on 18/Nov/14
Rob can you add Stella Dallas, Ball of Fire, Witness to Murder, The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Flesh and Fantasy, Sorry, Wrong Number (Sorry, Wrong Number is one film) and The Woman in Red.
Sam said on 1/Apr/14
5'4" is exactly what she looks next to Henry Fonda and Gary Cooper.
Brad said on 14/Mar/14
As listed at Paramount 1 foot from me on the Colby's stage in '86. Tracy Scoggins was incredible.
Arch Stanton said on 25/Feb/14
Nah in seeing them walk down the isle she looked almost a head shorter than Fonda in heels. 5'4 tops.
Arch Stanton said on 25/Feb/14
Looks a bit taller next to Fonda in The Lady Eve
Arch Stanton said on 13/Dec/13
Described as 5 ft 5 in Meet John Doe.
Arch Stanton said on 12/May/13
Almost a head shorter than Reagan in Cattle Queen of Montana, agree on 5'4" more than 5'5.
Jeff the Man said on 18/Dec/11
It's a shame Stanwyck has faded into so much obscurity relative to the likes of Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn, etc. For some reason she gives the impression of a 5'7" woman, though 5'4" is obviously more accurate.
Brad said on 15/Feb/11
5' 2" in March 1976 on the Paramount set of The Colbys. Tracy Scoggins was incredible looking.
guyfrommars said on 15/Feb/11
She looked gorgeous in The Lady Eve - with brunette hair, before her "blonde femme fatale" days. She wore 3-inch heels throughout the movie, and looked nearly a head shorter than 6'1.5" Henry Fonda. 5'4" is probably right for her.
Brad said on 26/Aug/06
5' 2" at Paramount on the set of The Colbys from what I saw. People treated her like china on a shelf. I don't think she wanted to be there. I think Spelling gave her a blank check.
Frank2 said on 4/May/06
Barbara was more like 5'2". She had a long torso requiring Edith Head to design special outfits to change the level of her waist.
Viv said on 2/Mar/06
Interesting. Barbara Stanwyck is usually listed at 5'5" and I accepted that until I started looking into it recently. Now, I too think Barbara was most likely about 5'2"-5'3" just comparing her to other actors. As far as Gloria Swanson, I've usually seen her listed at about 4'11"-5'. So, the 5' estimate Frank2 mentioned makes sense.
Frank2 said on 2/Mar/06
She was no more than five two, max. In fact most female stars of the twenties, thirties and forties were short. I remember the time I met and talked with Gloria Swanson and was amazed at how small she was in person. Of course that was when she was in her mid-seventies. But at that time I'd say she was barely five feet tall.

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