How tall is Olivia De Havilland

Olivia De Havilland's Height

5ft 4 (162.6 cm)

British/American actress best known for roles in films such as The Adventures of Robin Hood, Captain Blood, Gone with the Wind, Not a Stranger, The Snake Pit, The Heiress, The Swarm and Dodge City. In a 1938 article it described her as "5 feet 4 inches tall; weighs 107 pounds"

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Average Guess (2 Votes)
5ft 3.5in (161.3cm)
Tall In The Saddle said on 16/Apr/20
Unless posted previously, some cool docs to peruse - both Olivia De Havilland's and Errol Flynn's Declarations of Intention to become US citizens. A bit hard to read but it appears that Olivia's height is typed as 5'3 and 1/4" otherwise it could only be 5'3 and 3/4". Errol is recorded as 6'2". Likely the heights were supplied by the applicants.

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Charlie said on 5/Jun/17
Olivia looked 4'10 in Gone With The Wind. Vivian Leigh looks 4'11. Olivia with her heels on was still a head shorter than Leslie Howard who was 5'9.Her head was at Leslie Howard;s chin. She was also 2 inches shorter than Clark Gable and she had heels on. If Olivia was 5'4 then Vivian Leigh would have to be 5'5 or 5'5 1/2 because she looked much taller than Olivia.In Heels she would be 5'8. Leslie Howard was 5'9. So Vivian Leigh in heels was 2 inches shorter than Clark Gable who was wearing 1 inch shoes. Actresses and Actors were much shorter in comparison to today.

Olivia De Havilland (4'10 Flat feet) (5'1 Heels on)
Vivian Leigh (4'11 flat feet) (5'2 Heels on)
Clark Gable (5'11 flat feet) (6'0 Dress Shoes on)
Leslie Howard (5'9 flat feet) (5'10 Dress Shoes on)
Thomas Mitchell (5'6 flat feet) (5'7 Dress Shoes on)
Barbara )' Neil (5'3 flat feet) (5'6 Heels on)
Hattie McDaniel (4'11 flat feet)
Butterfly McQueen (4'10 flat feet)

By the way Barbara O'Neil was Thomas Mitchell's Wife in Gone with the Wind
BilboBaggins said on 24/Dec/16
No way is Olivia De Havilland 5' 4" (in her younger days). Have you ever seen her in any of her old films, Rob? She looks more like 5' 3" MAX.
Editor Rob: that 5ft 3 mark can certainly be argued for her.
MaryAnne said on 24/Jun/15
Don't leave us Olivia... Glad that you are still alive !
littlesue said on 24/Jan/15
Just reading a biography on Olivia and Joan Fontaine, mentions both 'barely 5ft 3'. Don't come across as particulary nice people. Joan an awful Mother and Olivia constantly jealous of Joan.
Arch Stanton said on 1/Dec/14
Rob any chance you can squeeze in Not as a Stranger here and add a photo? A memorable role opposite Mitchum and Sinatra. She really pulled off playing crazed or embittered women quite wonderfully, creepy eyes!
Arch Stanton said on 24/Apr/14
Rob can you add The Snake Pit, she had an Oscar nom for it. IMO her finest performance, better than the Heiress which she won!
Arch Stanton said on 13/Mar/14
Mmm is Monty in lifts though?? I've never seen him look as tall as he does at 18:%4 next to Ralph!!
Arch Stanton said on 13/Mar/14
Rob do you think she really looks 5'4" next to Ralph Richardson at 6:45 and 8:01 and Monty Clift at 14:30? Click Here I think she's probably in heels too. She looks about 8 inches shorter than Ralph but I think she's likely in heels. Her proportions to me look more 5'2" range, is it just me?
[Editor Rob: hard to tell at times, one point he did look straight ahead and I thought about 7 inches.]
Arch Stanton said on 13/Mar/14
Sue are you sure Olivia was really 5 ft 4? She really didn't look it to me. She makes Monty Clift look tall in The Heiress!!
Arch Stanton said on 13/Mar/14
Rob can you add The Heiress? She won Best Actress for it, should be near the top really. She really looks nowhere near 5 ft 4 next to Ralph Richardson in The Heiress
little sue said on 21/Dec/13
Could be even shorter than 5ft, my Nan and her sisters all lived to 93 and they all lost between 6 to 8 inches in height.
Arch Stanton said on 20/Dec/13
I hadn't realized she was still alive, she's like 97 and a half!! Joan died the other day at 96. Probably nearer 5 ft today!
Arch Stanton said on 31/May/13
You mean Libel Rob from 1959?
[Editor Rob: yes that film]
Arch Stanton said on 29/May/13
My honest impression of her in Gone with the Wind was weak 5'3", let alone 5'4". Vivian Leigh must have had footwear advantage but I don't think she even looked close to it in that film.
Arch Stanton said on 29/May/13
She's definitely shorter than Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind, you'd think it would be the other way around and Havilland 5'3" and Leigh 5'4!
[Editor Rob: it would be interesting to see her again with Dirk Bogarde, as I think his 5ft 8.5 range was realistic]
little sue said on 23/May/13
Joan has about an inch on Liz Taylor in Ivanhoe, Liz was around 5ft 2 so 5ft 3 for Joan
Arch Stanton said on 23/May/13
Yeah watching Rebecca I think Joan was really 5 ft 3, she had an easy inch on Judith Anderson who I think was 5'1.5-5'2".
little sue said on 22/May/13
She was about an inch taller than her sister Joan Fontaine who was 5ft 3.
Arch Stanton said on 21/May/13
Nice one! Certainly looked an easy 5'4" in Santa Fe Trail. I don't think she was in Guns of Navarone though, are you thinking of Gia Scala or Irene Papas or thinking of the Santa Fe Trail perhaps?
[Editor Rob: I don't know why that was there, I replaced it]

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