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Ava Gardner's height is 5ft 5.5in (166 cm)

American Actress best remembered for roles in movies such as The Killers, On the Beach, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, Show Boat, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Barefoot Contessa, The Angel Wore Red, Seven Days in May, Earthquake and The Night of the Iguana. She was Mentioned in newspapers during her heyday as standing 5ft 5.5, with vital statistics of Bra/Bust 37 inches, waist 22 inches, Hips 37 inches and a shoe size of 6. A screentest once had her details as 5ft 6 and weight of 118 pounds.

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Shadow2 says on 30/Jun/15
Has anyone seen "Bhowani Junction" with Ava, Travers, and Granger? Travers seems about four inches taller than Granger, and I agree with our collective estimations on Travers' height. Re. Sidney Poitier, I had only just seen him in "They call me Mister Tibbs" and he looked 6' 3" in scenes with Martin Landau, but Landau's real height is often confusing. (I hadn't checked Poitier's 6' 2.5" listing here.)
Arch Stanton says on 27/Jun/15
Shadow2 says on 25/Jun/15
Ava still looked great in 1957's "The Little Hut" with Niven and Granger, and 1956's "Bhowani Junction" with Granger and Bill Travers.

She stayed sexy of course, I wouldn't have said no to Ava even on New Year's Eve 1989 put it that way! Vivien Leigh on the other hand by her last years I'm rather doubtful!!
Arch Stanton says on 27/Jun/15
Poitier wasn't a full 6 ft 3 though Shadow, in fact in some films he could look in 6'2-6'2.25 range. He could look 190 ish with Glenn Ford though. I think Rob's 6'2.5 is fine for him. Travers most likely around 6'4.5 possibly 195cm.
Shadow2 says on 25/Jun/15
Ava still looked great in 1957's "The Little Hut" with Niven and Granger, and 1956's "Bhowani Junction" with Granger and Bill Travers. Rob, how tall do you think Bill Travers was? He looks in the 6' 4.5" to 6' 5" range but not quite the 6' 6" sometimes given on-line. In "Duel at Diablo" Travers seems about two inches taller than 6' 3" Sidney Poitier, and four inches taller than James Garner. Perhaps Travers (more famous for "Born Free") should get a page here Rob?
Arch Stanton says on 18/Jun/15
She really aged sooo quickly though, she was smoking hot in the early 50s, and while she returned her sexiness, even by 1959 at the age of 37 in On the Beach she was looking near 50.
Arch Stanton says on 28/Feb/15
This is a great read BTW. Click Here What a little s**t Mickey Rooney was, lucky little devil. Still, some of the personal lives of some of these Golden Hollywood stars really are quite seedy, it is quite surprising. More so than today, and most of us think of society as prim and proper in those days! Hollywood must have been perceived by Christian America in those days as a sort of hell hole or sin city haha!
Arch Stanton says on 28/Feb/15
One could cite Gene Tierney, Hedy Lamarr, Grace Kelly, Paulette Goddard and a few others in the beauty stakes of course, but Ava was certainly right up there among them. Just not sure though she was quite the prettiest facially, it's certainly disputable.
Arch Stanton says on 28/Feb/15
For me yes she might have been the sexiest screen actress, even more so than Liz, Simmons, Leigh and Novak although it's disputable. I'm not sure on the most beautiful actress though, there were prettier actresses facially I think.
Arch Stanton says on 28/Feb/15
Her voice was also especially hot and sensual, the sexiest voice of an actress of that period IMO.
ArjunaKorale says on 2/Jul/14
In her prime, this woman was so lovely & striking (I'm talking purely physically, of course) that she may even rank as the most beautiful screen actress of all time (if such a thing is possible!). I always thought of her as a full 5 ft 6 (168 cm) so I can absolutely accept 5 ft 5.5, lol!
Sam says on 19/Jun/14
Agreed that Paltrow in particular is quite annoying with her health-obsessed, hippie-ish life style, mainly because she rubs in everyone's face with a condescending manner. Gardner would have been a lot more fun to be around, but Paltrow will probably age well like her mom has. In her day, Ava was better than any other actress I can think of in making you think dirty thoughts with just a raise of eyebrow..
littlesue says on 16/Jun/14
With her lifestlyle I'm not surprised, her and Liz enjoyed their self with food, drink, sunshine and men!! more refreshing than today's diet obsessed stars like Kidman and Paltrow
Arch Stanton says on 13/Jun/14
She aged so prematurely though. I mean in 55 Days in Peking you'd think she was only 40, looked more early 50s.
Arch Stanton says on 5/Jun/14
Rob can you add Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, Show Boat, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Barefoot Contessa, The Angel Wore Red, Seven Days in May and Earthquake?
Arch Stanton says on 5/Jun/14
Yeah when you think classic Hollywood you picture her as Pandora or in the early 50s as the icon of Golden Hollywood. More than Marilyn or Liz although they come close and also could claim it.
Gonzalo says on 4/Jun/14
Arguably the most beautiful woman to ever appear on the screen. She looked around 166 as Editor Rob has stated
littlesue says on 11/May/14
She was gorgeous in her younger days though a bit skinny, can't see her being more than 5ft 6 though.
Arch Stanton says on 11/May/14
Although barefoot on the boat next to Mason in shoes who would have been about 6 ft in them she looked about 6 inches shorter, so yeah 5'5.5"-5'6" is a good shout.
Arch Stanton says on 10/May/14
Looks close to 5 ft 7 actually in Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, managed to find it after all, very difficult to find! Worth watching for her alone, she was amazing looking in the early 50s. Iconic. Those lips, jeez!!

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