How tall was Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara's Height

5ft 7 ½ (171.5 cm)

Irish actress best remembered for roles in Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man, The Parent Trap, Dance, Girl, Dance, How Green Was My Valley, Rio Grande, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Our Man in Havana and McClintock!. Celebheights read in a 1991 mercury news article Maureen stating her height: "I'm 5-foot-8; he (Wayne) was 6-foot-4", although on a 1946 certificate of naturalization she had put down 5ft 7 1/2 and weight of 125 pounds. She was said to have a 24 inch waist and in costumed clothes Maureen said it measured 18 inches.

Maureen O'Hara 1947 2
I used to believe that I couldn't be charming and glamorous unless I weighed 110 pounds or less even though I'm a bit over 5 feet 7 inches tall. So I dieted, got down to that weight, and I looked just terrible. I went right back up to 127...
-- Shamokin News, 1956
[Never, until a confessional mood overtook her in the News studio, had she admitted to that last half-inch] "Always I'm inclined to lie and say I'm five feet, seven and a half...why, I don't know."

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Average Guess (6 Votes)
5ft 7.42in (171.2cm)
Sandy Cowell said on 29/Sep/22
@ Arch Stanton - I echo your sentiments regarding Faye Dunaway. What a classic beauty! πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
Sandy Cowell said on 24/Sep/22
What a tall, beautiful, flame-haired actress!

5ft7.5. πŸ•―πŸ’
Arch Stanton said on 18/Nov/15
@Rob. I've found something in her autobiography. In the first photo section there's a scan of her Irish American citizenship. Can you adjust the listing and add the following to the top. In her 1946 certificate of naturalization registering dual citizenship for the US and Ireland she wrote down 5 ft 7 and a half inches for her height and 125 pounds for her weight". This does actually make sense with John Wayne being slightly under 6'4" and with Joel McCrea. I did think of late she might have been a Lauren Bacall listing, they looked the same height on screen I thought. Can look a legit 5'8 but just shy. I think that's an honest claim, hope that helps, now I'm outta here ;-).
Editor Rob
that is a good find, I will mention it at the top.
Gonzalo said on 26/Oct/15
RIP beautiful Maureen. I will always remember you as Mary Kate Dannaher. You have a well deserved place in Cinema history
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 25/Oct/15
RIP lass....say hello to the duke
Bruno said on 25/Oct/15
Maureen O'Hara, one beautiful tall red haired Irish woman RIP. She is now with her great friend John Wayne.
Duane said on 25/Oct/15
RIP to one the best actors ever,a tall beautiful woman
Duane said on 25/Oct/15
RIP to one the best actors ever
MaryAnne said on 25/Oct/15
RIP Irish Beauty..
Arch Stanton said on 22/Jul/15
Gene Tierney, Hedy Lamarr, Ava Gardner, Liz Taylor, Jean Simmons and
Vivien Leigh were all enchantingly beautiful and viable candidates though for the 40s and 50s. In the 60s, Senta Berger, Ursula Andress and Faye Dunaway all came close!
Arch Stanton said on 3/Dec/14
"Celebheights read in a 1991 mercury news article Maureen stating her height: "I'm 5-foot-8; he (Wayne) was 6-foot-4". "

Celebheights must have been very clever to have read a news article all by itself!!
Arch Stanton said on 3/Dec/14
Incredibly beautiful woman IMO in her prime, wonderful accent too, arguably the most attractive in Hollywood in that period facially, although Paulette Goddard, Jean Simmons and a few others were in a similar league.
Gonzalo said on 1/Dec/14
Gorgeous woman. She looked tall, around 1`73. Still alive. ItΒ΄s far from being important but I like to see that people from the golden Hollywood years are still around.
Sam said on 1/Dec/14
She was so beautiful in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Dance, Girl, Dance.
Arch Stanton said on 29/Nov/14
Rob can you update with a photo and films like Dance, Girl, Dance, How Green Was My Valley, Rio Grande, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Our Man in Havana.
Arch Stanton said on 25/Apr/14
Don't forget Kirk Douglas and Louis Jourdan!!
littlesue said on 24/Apr/14
Maureen tall girl at 5ft 8,m still going strong at 94, her and Olivia De Havilland must be two of the last of the old Hollywood stars still alive
Arch Stanton said on 23/Apr/14
Did look about 8 inches shorter than the Duke in The Quiet Man.
richinkle said on 22/Apr/14
Maureen O'Hara appeared slightly shorter than Lucille Ball in Dance, Girl, Dance from 1940. In this scene, Lucille Ball is wearing 2 1/2" to 3" heels and O'Hara is barefoot. Ball looks at least 3" taller standing side by side.
Notice how broad Lucille Ball's shoulders are.
Arch Stanton said on 6/Oct/13
Yeah she's looking 5'10" ish in fairly low heels opposite John Payne who was listed at 6'2".
Arch Stanton said on 6/Oct/13
Looks pretty tall in Miracle on 34th Street. One of the most gorgeous film stars ever in my opinion.
Arch Stanton said on 27/Aug/13
Yeah she looked pretty tall next to Walter Pidgeon in How Green was My Valley. Beautiful gal.
Carole said on 3/Oct/08
I was kind of shcoked to see that she was 5'8. I always figured around 5'6 at most. I agree with supes78, she was a stunning woman. I always thought she was the most beautiful actress in the movies. She was doing movies before everyone was fake and all the plastic surgery.
supes78 said on 30/Dec/07
I just got through seeing the 1945 classic "the Spanish Main" on TCM. I was surprised to see how short she looked when compared to Paul Henreid who is listed as 6'3". She has always looked like a solid 5'8" but now I think she might have been slightly below this. Maybe she upped her height to make up for the shorter Hollywood men. Still, she was an amazingly stunning woman.
richinkle said on 12/Jul/07
I have a dvd of "Dance Girl Dance" (1940) with Maureen O'Hara and Lucille Ball. There is a terrific fight scene between the two women in this flick, which was an early feminist classic. Lucille Ball at 5'-7 1/2" - is slightly taller in most of their scenes together. In a couple of scenes where Lucy is wearing 3" heels, and O'Hara is in ballet slippers or bare-foot, the height difference is over 3". I estimated O'Hara to be about 5'-7" max.
Regus said on 8/Sep/06
Sure-I have Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, etc. w/ her. She's a good sized star, esp for that day and age.

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