Louise Fletcher's Height
5ft 8 ½ (174 cm)
Peak height was 5ft 10 (177.8 cm)
American Actress best known for roles in films such as One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, Flower's in the Attic, Exorcist 2, Firestarter and Brainstorm. On tv she appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (as Kai Winn). She said in an interview when she first started acting that she stood "Five Foot Ten"
. This photo is from 2007, she had about half inch thicker footwear than me that day.
5ft 8 Rob and Louise
I was 5 feet 10 inches tall, and no television producer thought a tall woman could be sexually attractive to anybody. I was able to get jobs on westerns because the actors were always taller.
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Average Guess (11 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 9.91in (177.6cm)
Current: 5ft 8.39in (173.7cm)
Mimi said on 2/Jan/19
I think she's flat 5ft8 now
World Citizen said on 31/Dec/18
I guess a flat 5 ft 8.
Sandy Cowell said on 15/Dec/18
@ Christian - ...and another thing: Nik and I have been communicating regularly since shortly after we started here, which was, ironically, at much the same time! We share the same sense of humour as well!
Canson - Cheers and thanks! 😁👍
Sandy Cowell said on 15/Dec/18
@ Christian 6ft5 and 3/8ths - At times. I, too, have mistaken Nik's comments for mine when I've glanced at them out of the corner of my eye! 😉
Canson said on 13/Dec/18
@Sandy: no worries!
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 13/Dec/18
No need to apologize, I've mistaken you for Nik and vice versa a few times because you guys type very similarly, lol.
Sandy Cowell said on 12/Dec/18
@ Canson and Christian - Please accept my apologies! I thought that getting the two of you mixed up was in the cards sooner or later! You are both so very tall, and your names begin with a 'C' and end with an 'N'!
Well, that's my excuse! 😉
Canson said on 11/Dec/18
Hi Sandy, that was Christian who said that not me!
Sandy Cowell said on 10/Dec/18
You are so lucky to have a picture with this iconic film actress, Rob!
Louise was brilliantly nasty in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and has been in many films right up my street since. If I remember rightly, she played Mrs Carpenter in 'The Karen Carpenter Story', so it wasn't all terrifying stuff, like 'Exorcist 2', with Richard Burton, which I saw at the pictures.
I agree with 5ft10 for Louise's peak and 5ft8.5 for today.
@ Canson - I must say, you're right that one-and-a-half inches is not excessive a height loss at all for a woman in her mid eighties. It is certainly not an indication of osteoporosis.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 23/Sep/18
She's in her mid 80's, so not really.
Sandy Cowell said on 23/Sep/18
@ Bobby and Paul - It's doesn't sound excessive at all to me. Paul - I like your reasoning. 😊👍
Louise has been in a great many films, even Stephen King's 'Firestarter'. I have only seen her in thoroughly enjoyable movies to boot, and I think she is a great lady!
5ft10 peak and 5ft8.5 now, though she might be a little shorter now.
Jtm said on 22/Sep/18
to be honest she looked no taller than 5'7 in shameless.
Paul NS (6ft 0.5) said on 21/Sep/18
Bobby, she's 73 in the photo, and the average woman loses around 3 cm from 30 to 70, so it sounds about right to me.
Bobby (5'10) said on 20/Sep/18
She lost 1.5 inches? Isn't that excessive for her age?
said on 4/Jun/18
Rob do you think she could be under 5ft7.5 ish now? I just learned she's now 83 and even if she takes good care of her health over 2inches of height loss is inevitable
Today I'm sure she's a bit more shorter than the only time I seen her 11 years ago...so 5ft 8 maybe now.
John said on 4/Apr/17
said on 13/Jan/17
Rob, is it possible that she has naturally shrinked so much?
Editor Rob: well I met her nearly 10 years ago, so by now I'd expect she's lost a bit more height.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Nov/16
I saw Cuckoo's Nest for the first time in what seemed like forever and she does very tall in it. 5ft10 peak for sure and still at least 5ft8 today.
Sandy Cowell said on 8/Oct/16
Yes, there's no denying it! She was very forbidding and menacing in 'One Flew Over....' and I doubt she would have had the same effect if she had been small, like her little nurse! It has to be said though that she does star in some truly gripping films, for me anyway! I'm impressed that she's still working and thoroughly enjoyed the film 'Casadaga' (probably spelt wrong),about the most haunted place in the world! Exciting and creepy stuff and an ideal topic for a film, IF you can stomach such stuff!
Pierre said on 3/Aug/16
5"8' range,about the same height than Rob
Arch Stanton said on 14/Aug/14
Yeah Sam add a beard and cowboy hat and get her to say to the psycho ward inmates "Go ahead, make my day" LOL
Sam said on 1/Jul/14
The only thing that could have made Nurse Ratched scarier, a beard! Had no idea she was this tall...though at least equal to Jack Nicholson upon a second look. She's the textbook example of an experienced actor forever associated with a single role.
said on 26/Jul/13
Rob do you see what I mean about her looking like she could be Clint Eastwood's sister: Click Here
Add a beard and a cowboy hat in that pic and it's Clint!
Arch Stanton said on 24/Jul/13
She actually looked like she could have been Clint Eastwood's sister when younger. Similar green eyes and features and very tall for a woman. I thought she looked easily 5'10 in Cuckoo's Nest.
said on 9/Jun/13Click Here
Her hair looks much better there. Still a good looking woman though, a bit like Clint Eastwood's first wife Maggie only a bit heavier set.
Arch Stanton said on 9/Jun/13
She did certainly look easily 5 ft 10 peak. Her hairstyle in this photo really doesn't suit her face shape though!
swm said on 17/Aug/12
I have to diagree with Lorne. In One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest she does look taller than Jack Nicholson. Considering that peak he is listed as 5'9.5" I would say that puts her as a strong 5'10" peak. She gave a great performance in that movie by the way :)
lorne said on 2/Oct/11
Damn, I would have never guessed her this tall. Granted, you could tell she was tall in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's nest, but not 5ft10 kind of tall!!!
I hate to say it, but Nicholson may hvae very well worn lifts in that movie, as he was taller than her, and he was NOT a full 5'10- he was 175-176cm range, maybe 177- but not 5'10. So she was either under or he was wearing lifts.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 24/Apr/11
177cm peak...173cm now
said on 28/Jun/09
Fletcher (in flats) with 5ft7.5 Jeffrey Combs (his hair makes him look taller) in Star Trek:Click Here
mcfan said on 19/Jun/09
I never had the impression of 5'10 for her. I always thought just over 5'9.
thekiddd said on 13/Jun/09
She's Listed as 5'9 1/2" Like Nicholson, and Stood the exact height as him in Cuckoo's Nest.
Lenad said on 15/May/09
She was never ever 5ft10...
j.Lee said on 15/May/09
if she has 1/2 inch more in footwear, she is an inch taller than you rob. But rob she doesn't seem a full inch taller.
Lenad said on 15/May/09
I doubt she was ever 5'10
Bouncer said on 3/Jan/09
Her neck looks enormous.
said on 2/Jan/09
wow rob, u really don't know how 2 judge height
she looks more 5'8.5 or 5'9
[Editor Rob: I never gave her a current height...of course she's not 5ft 10 nowadays.]
Bouncer said on 1/Jan/09
said on 8/Oct/08
rob i saw what you wrote about heel height truth. but i am starting to question that with certain girls. because i go out to broadway and tenderloin a lot in san francisco. when i go to the entertainment clubs, 5 foot 5 girls will be taller than me. And i really am a legit 5 foot 10, got measured millions of times. but with 1 inch shoes, I am five foot eleven. and some girls that take off there heels really are five foot five exactly. but then they put on 7 inch heels and they are half an inch taller than me. how is that? according to what you said, it should take away 1.5 inches. so with a 7 inch heel, that makes the five foot five girl five ten and a half. but i am five eleven with my shoes and I am still looking up. So, heels to me, make you look suprisingly taller, i don't think the perception is underestimated. with platform shoes, you be suprised how short some of these dancers are when they take them off. when a girl takes off a 7 inch shoe, BELIEVE me rob she looks ATLEAST 7 inches shorter, I am not joking.
[Editor Rob: this image
is a true 5-inch heel, you'd get that much height over your barefoot height. Add 2 extra inches on the platform part and you'd be struggling not to fall over!]
Derek said on 12/Sep/08
May have been 5'10" at peak, but is no taller than Rob today.
Random Person said on 29/Jun/08
Okay everyone I have a question! Why in the hell are people being so precise on heights??? Like someone said no more than 5'8.75! How can you tell that? I can't tell the difference between an inch or two!!! I'm 5'3.25 but I just go with 5'3".
RW said on 26/Jun/08
no way is she 5'8.75. looks 5'10 on the money there or just a touch under.
Matt Thomas said on 26/Jun/08
Looks no more than 5'8.75
Charliemoto said on 27/Mar/08
yep 5'10, she looks about 5'11 in that image.
in that image she remind me of MeatLoaf she even looks like him a bit :)
D-lurker said on 25/Mar/08
thats pretty tall..i still vividly remember her eating a frog from "Invaders from Mars"..scary for a 7 year year old
said on 25/Mar/08
even considering footwear she does seem 176 if she stood tall so defenit 5 ft 10 peak he shoulder are mush higher than rob
[Editor Rob: I remember she looked 5ft 9 range without taking into account the footwear adv, but she was a couple of inches more forward than me.]
nick said on 25/Mar/08
she is leaning slightly, i would say today she is 5'8.75
sven said on 25/Mar/08
she looks no more than 5-9 or 5-9.25 in this pic
Mario said on 11/Feb/06
I think that she is slighty shorter.
She was slighty Shorter than Nicholson in Cuckoo's Nest, of course some will think that Jack did wear lifts in that movie, but I don't think so. Jack did look 5 ft 10 next Christopher Lloyd and Brad Dourif in Cuckoo's