Esther Williams Height
5ft 8 ½ (174 cm)
American swimmer and actress. She commented once in terms of acting career - "For one thing, they would have thought I was too tall, because l was five feet eight and a half". I haven't seen any film for so long, so ain't sure. In her latter days looks 5ft 5ish.
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5ft 8.5in (174cm)
anyonmious said on 3/Jan/17
She was 5'6.5" peak and around 5'2.5" at her death
richinkle said on 17/Apr/14
She was at least 5'-8". Always looked very tall, even next to tall leading men like Van Johnson. A little taller than 5'-7"+ Lucille Ball in Easy to Wed, but not by more than an inch.
said on 27/Oct/11
Esther Williams in her prime was a full 5'-8 1/2", as she stated. She was one of the few leading ladies who was actually taller than 5'-7 1/2" Lucille Ball. She stood about 1" taller than Lucille Ball in their scene together in Easy to Wed, 1946.
Shadow2 said on 6/Dec/10
It's sad hearing 5'8" (in her movie career) Esther make assertions of being 5'10". Similar to her comments about former boyfriend Jeff Chandler wearing dresses, which she later explained she "made up" just to get publicity for her book. It's a pity Esther couldn't follow the absolute "class" of her MGM contemporary, the wonderful Cyd Charisse.
Lorenzoofthenight said on 30/Mar/09
I just watched the dvd of Take Me Out To The Ball Game this morning....in the extras, they show a clip of a song and dance Kelly (who also wrote the screenplay and did all the choreography) cut, because he felt Williams was too tall, and that it made the routine look clunky. If you get to see this, watch for whenever William's long skirt pops up a bit...you can see that she is clearly wearing ballerina type slippers. Absolutely flat, and in the routine, she stoops...a lot. Kelly's shoes give him away: high instep suggest lifts. I'd hazard that he a bit shorter than the 5' 7" usually attributed to him.
GeneP said on 28/Dec/08
Adam, you should read Esther's autobiography of a few years back. She had problems with Gene Kelly because he disliked the fact that she was taller than him, even when they were sitting. She told him to sit up staight and try sitting on his foot in close-ups.
richinkle said on 27/Mar/08
I would believe this. In Easy to Wed, she stood about 1" taller than 5'-7 1/2" Lucille Ball, and in very high heals, stood about an inch shorter than 5'-11 1/2" Keenan Wynn.
Cliff said on 18/Oct/07
She was this height in her prime. Keep in mind that Esther was a professional athlete back in the day.
Adam said on 15/Oct/06
I never realized she was so tall, since she looked shorter than Gene Kelly in Take Me Out To the Ball Game.