How tall was Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford's Height

5ft 4in (162.6 cm)

American actress, best remembered for films such as Mildred Pierce, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Grand Hotel. From a 1925 movie weekly article/competition on 'naming a movie star', her description is given as "weighs 125 pounds, and is five feet five inches tall". She claimed 5ft 4 as her height and also said "I'm only five feet four and a half". In a 1931 Photoplay article, it mentioned her height as 5ft 4, weight 110lbs and vital stats: 37-24.5-37. Shoe size 4D.

Joan Crawford - 1936 - Hurrell

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Average Guess (4 Votes)
5ft 3.75in (161.9cm)
old hollywood said on 14/Oct/17
Crawford was 5 ft 3in . She wasn't more . The same height with Bette Davis and she was always wearing heels
Arch Stanton said on 8/Sep/17
She still reminds me of Jean Claude Van Damme lol.
Arch Stanton said on 8/Sep/17
Surprisingly only 5'4 range, I think because of her icy demeanour she gave a tall impression a lot, very angular features too so you could think 5 ft 7 or 5 ft 8. Attractive Sam, it's debatable, in the above photo when very young, yes, but the woman looked generally hard faced and terrifying. You wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of her.
Billy Oviedo said on 18/Aug/17
Crawford was 5' 4 1/2". Well documented in many books and sources. End of subject!
Sam said on 1/Dec/14
Yeah, that picture does look like Van Damme in Johnny Guitar...she was attractive, had a nice figure, in her late 1920s-early 30s roles despite unusual proportions, no surprise that she was a whole basket of crazy, though.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Mar/14
She had weird proportions. Really angular features. Watching Mildred Pierce and in the car with Jack Carson her face length/hair combined looked 3 inches longer than Jack Carson's head, and he was around 6'2". But as Sue says she wasn't over 5'4" and you could argue 5'3" range and had short legs. She had the face and demeanour of a 5'11" woman.
little sue said on 11/Feb/14
Just reading Donold Spotto's biog of Joan and he mentions a couple of times that she was 5ft 3.
little sue said on 31/Jan/14
LolOLOlololol Arch, best laugh of the week, won't be able to watch Joan now without thinking she gonna pull out a bottle of lager
Arch Stanton said on 30/Jan/14
Rob it occurred to me in watching Johnny Guitar how much she resembles Jean Claude Van Damme facially! Click Here Quite similar angular sort of features and around the eyes! Is it just me? Or maybe the Joker from Batman LOL.

She's a deceptive one alright. When she stands alone her angular features and frame give the illusion of her being a tall woman but when she's stood next to tall guys you can see she was 5'4" tops. It's surely quite rare for a woman as low as 5'4" to have that sort of tall look about them, but there are a few angular skinny woman like Victoria Beckham and Julianne Moore etc I suppose who can also look a lot taller than around 5'4 when stood alone in heels.
Arch Stanton said on 5/Sep/13
My bad, she was standing on a box and looks barely 2 inches taller. In one scene Joan is barefoot and Norma is in heels and she's a bit shorter than a heeled Norma. Could be 5'3" range if Norma is as low as 5'1..
Arch Stanton said on 5/Sep/13
Odd but she looks 6 inches taller than Norma Shearer in The Women and looks like 5'6" or 5'7".
Robby D said on 3/Oct/12
I am reading a biography entitled "Possessed. The Life of Joan Crawford" By Donald Spoto. In the introduction, Joan Crawford is described as being just over five feet in height. In the first chapter in 1925, she is described as being 5'3" and 140 pounds, which she knew was too much for her small frame. I am only at the beginning of the book so I have no doubt she must have lost weight as she always looked very slim in all the films I saw her in.
Stephanie said on 25/Aug/11
That was cool about Joan Crawford being on Lucy. I never saw that one. She was little. Thanks for the post.
CrawfordMuse said on 3/Dec/10
According to Ann Blyth who played her daughter in "Mildred Pierce" although while 'seemed taller' because of the women she played on-screen,
Joan was barely 5' tall.

Next time Turner Classic Movies (TCM) runs a Joan Crawford marathon of films, I guarantee you will see the short clip from "Mildred Pierce" in which this statement is made.
CrawfordMuse said on 3/Dec/10
Oh for Heaven's sake! On Turner Classic Movies (TCM) whenever there is a Joan Crawford film festival invariably a short clip is shown taken from one pivotal scene in "Mildred Pierce" narrated by Ann Blyth---who played Joan's evil daughter. In her narration she states that although Joan seemed taller, she was barely 5' tall!
Giorgio said on 20/Jul/07
Anonymous: You are wrong.Joan height was 5'3
Mauiswift said on 2/Feb/07
I just read a biography on Joan Crawford and it states she was 5'1, most stars in that day were mostly under 5'3, she also shaved off 4 years off her real birth year, it is not unusual that people in the entertainment industry are not always truthful about themselves. It is a business and they are marketing themselves which also goes on today.
Anonymous said on 16/Dec/06
She had 2 or 3 inches on 5'2 Ann Blyth in "Mildred Pierce" , so she was between 5'4 and 5'5 that wasn't short at that time
Editor Rob said on 25/Sep/06
Found a 1931 quote by her, in The Oakland Tribune:
"I am 5 foot 4, and my normal weight should be 130 pounds. When I'm working every day under hot lights I lose about five pounds during a picture, but as soon as the picture is finished I regain the five pounds"
Walter said on 9/Jul/06
Miss Crawford visited Buenos Aires in 1961 and in all argentine magazines of that time is written Miss Crawford was between 5' 3" and 5' 4".To speak of 5' tall is absolutely ridiculuos.
Robin said on 1/Feb/06
One of her co-stars from "Mildred Pierce" said in an interview that Joan was only 5' tall. She has such an incredible screen presence, she appears taller.
Viv said on 8/Jan/06
I've always heard that she was 5'4" - but, I'm convinced she was 5'3". A good way to measure her is next to Norma Shearer (well-known as 5'1"). In the pictures I've seen of them together (and, in the movie 'The Women'), Joan is barely an inch or two taller than Norma (with both in 3" heels). My guess is 5'3" - 5'5" only in heels.

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