The average height of a * famous* actress is about 1.65 meters or 164.9 cm. This also happens to be the median height.

In feet and inches, that is **5 ft 4**.

In order to calculate this figure, we compiled a list of 137 * mainstream* actresses. These are women who are famous for their roles in Hollywood movies and popular TV shows.

The shortest actress in our database was Judy Garland, who was just over 4 ft 11. The tallest were Lana Clarkson and Sigourney Weaver, both of whom have a registered height of 6 ft.

## Do you have to be tall to be a famous actress?

No, not necessarily. Although the average American woman is one inch shorter than the average famous actress (5 ft 3), the difference isn’t that much.

In fact, it is only **3.4** cm. That is about the width of a slice of banana.

Out of the 137 mainstream actresses in our database, 57 of them were shorter than 5 ft 4. In other words, 41.6% of the women in our list were smaller than 164.9 cm.

Furthermore, 43 of them were actually * smaller* than the average American female.

For those of you who do not want to work out the math, that is roughly **31.39%**.

Hollywood star Winona Ryder is the closest to the average American female. She is 1.61 m in height.

Whoopi Goldberg, on the other hand, is the height of an average famous actress. She is the * median*, so to speak.

Although the photograph above isn’t a perfect comparison, it does highlight the fact that there isn’t much of a difference between 5 ft 3 and 5 ft 4.

In the case above, Whoopi is closer to the camera and her hairstyle is making her look slightly taller than she really is. However, you can still see that the difference in height between the two is pretty minuscule.

## Short actresses.

Here are a few examples of famous actresses who are pretty short.

**Natalie Wood**: 5 ft 2.**Anna Kendrick**: 5 ft 2.**Hayden Panettiere**: About 5 ft.**Reese Witherspoon**: 5 ft 1.**Eva Longoria**: 5 ft 2.**Jada Pinkett Smith**: 5 ft.

## Tall actresses.

Then, there are a few actresses who are relatively tall.

**Sigourney Weaver**: 6 ft.**Uma Thurman**: 5 ft 11.**Nicole Kidman**: 5 ft 11.**Blake Lively**: 5 ft 10.**Zendaya**: 5 ft 10.**Queen Latifah**: 5 ft 10.

In this case, it seems as though the tallest “famous” actress is Sigourney Weaver.