45 Tall Female Celebrities We Thought Were Much Shorter In Real Life

By Larissa C

On average, the American woman is 5 foot 4 inches tall. But we all agree that Hollywood celebs are anything but average, right? Some of the most well-known Hollywood ladies are much taller than that, and we’re not just talking about the supermodels.

Many actors are actually much taller than what you see on the screen. Sometimes, they’re even taller than their husbands. It’s interesting that their height only adds to their unique beauty, and we bet they love the fact that they don’t have to wear heels all the time!

While there are women who don’t enjoy being tall, these celebrities embrace their height. In this article, we’re going to reveal 45 female celebs you probably didn’t know were really tall!

Nicole Kidman

Since she first appeared in The Hours, Nicole Kidman has established herself as Hollywood royalty. This leading lady has received Academy Award nominations in each of the past three decades and is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world!

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In addition to being an incredibly talented actress, this Australian beauty is also one of the tallest ladies in showbiz. Kidman is 5 foot 11 inches tall, which is the same as 180cm. An interesting fact is that both her ex and current husband are much shorter than her!

Kendall Jenner

Unlike her half-sisters Kourtney and Kim, Kendall Jenner is actually super tall — which is a characteristic she must have inherited from Caitlyn’s side of the family. The fact that Kenny is a tall lady is not even that much of a surprise, considering that she’s a model.

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Jenner has modeled for the most expensive brands in the world and was even a Victoria Secret’s Angel for a while. The reality star-turned-model is 5 foot 10 inches (180cm) tall, which makes her the tallest lady in the Kardashian-Jenner clan!

Julia Roberts

We bet that you’ve never heard of anyone who doesn’t like Julia Roberts. The woman simply has no haters, which is definitely rare in Hollywood! Well, she is lovely and beautiful in real life, so what is there to hate, really?

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Except maybe for the fact that Julia Roberts is also pretty tall on top of being one of the most beautiful women in the world. The Pretty Woman star is 5 foot 9 inches (175 cm). We hate that we can’t be like her!

Charlize Theron

When Charlize Theron starred in Monster, no one could believe it was really her. If you have never seen the movie, all you have to know is that she looks unrecognizable in her prosthetics. But even the makeup and kooky hair were not enough to hide her talent.

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Theron won an Academy Award for that role and was also nominated for other roles. If there is another thing that she’s proud of, in addition to her beauty and talent, it’s that she’s taller than the average. In fact, she’s 5 foot 10 inches (178cm) tall.

Khloé Kardashian

As we said earlier, Kendall Jenner is the tallest lady in the Kardashian-Jenner clan. And while her younger sister, Kylie, is also pretty tall, the second-tallest in the family is Khloé Kardashian. The reality star is actually much taller than Kim and Kourtney.

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Kim and Kourt must have gotten Kris’ genes, while Khloé was blessed with Robert Kardashian’s genes, which is probably why she’s taller than the other two. The blonde bombshell is 5’10’’ (178 cm), so she’s almost Kendall’s height but not quite.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence may have been keeping things off the radar for the last couple of years, but she’s still one of the most popular actresses of this generation. As the newest mommy on the block, you probably know J-Law from the Hunger Games or Silver Linings Playbook

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But did you know that Lawrence is also one of the tallest celebs in Hollywood? At 5’9’’ (or 175 cm), Jennifer Lawrence definitely doesn’t need heels. And her husband is even taller than her, so their kid will probably grow up to be pretty tall as well!

Mandy Moore

Did you catch the This is Us finale a couple of weeks ago? The whole show was pretty heartbreaking, but the final season simply destroyed us. And this was in part due to Mandy Moore’s amazing performance as Rebecca Pearson.

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Mandy is especially talented at portraying roles of women who break our hearts (hello, A Walk to Remember!). But many people don’t know that she is taller than the average lady. Moore stands at 5 foot 10 inches tall, which is something like 178 cm!

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is a living example that you can masterfully transform your artistic career without losing your fans or your success. She transitioned from being a country singer to becoming one of the best-selling pop singers of all time!

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On top of having strong singing and songwriting skills, Taylor also has a body to die for. If we didn’t know any better, we’d guess that she was a top model and not a singer! She is 5 foot 11 inches tall, which makes her the tallest on our list so far!

Uma Thurman

Another Hollywood lady who is unapologetically tall (and is taller than her former husband) is Uma Thurman. She’s starred in multiple Tarantino movies, but you probably couldn’t tell that she was as tall on TV as she is in real life.

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Like Taylor Swift, Uma Thurman is 5’11’’ tall (about 180 cm), which puts her in the top two of our list. Her daughter, Maya Hawke, inherited Uma’s genes and is almost as tall as her. And there’s no need to mention that they’re both taller than Ethan Hawke, Uma’s ex-husband and Maya’s father!

Kaia Gerber

“Nepo’ babies,” as the internet so lovingly calls them, usually have difficulty stepping away from their famous parents’ shadow. But this is certainly not the case for Kaia Gerber. This young model and actress is working hard to make a name for herself!

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Kaia is only 20 years old, but she’s already taller than most women out there. She is around 5 foot 9 inches tall (approximately 176 cm). With that height and the catwalk skills that her mother probably taught her, Kaia will undoubtedly enjoy a successful career!

Gigi Hadid

It’s impossible to talk about tall celebrities and not mention Gigi Hadid. This young woman is one of the most important models of her generation — and she’s an inspiration for all mothers out there, considering she lost all her pregnancy weight in under a year!

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While Gigi Hadid is not the tallest model out there, she’s pretty close. The Los Angeles-born beauty is 5’9’’ tall (approximately 178cm), and that’s her height when she’s not wearing heels. With her high heels on, Gigi is more than 6 feet tall!

Brooke Shields

If you’re interested in modeling, you must certainly know who Brooke Shields is. This legendary woman was one of the most popular models back in the day — and she was also a successful actress! And her height is also extraordinary.

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Miss Shields has earned herself the top spot on our list, as she is 6 feet tall — without wearing high heels. Her height is pretty impressive. If Brooke Shields hadn’t made it as a model or actress, she could definitely have pursued a career in basketball or volleyball!

Laura Dern

Daughter of two Hollywood stars, it’s no wonder that Laura Dern is such a talented actress. She’s been showing us her stellar skills since she first starred in Blue Velvet back in 1986. And it seems like her height matches her natural talents!

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Laura Dern is 5 foot 10 inches (180 cm) tall, placing her among Hollywood’s tallest actresses. And if you think that her height is an obstacle in her acting career, you’re mistaken. Being tall is actually helpful, as Laura gets to portray elegant and wealthy women on-screen!


Adele is known for her strong voice, amazing songwriting skills, and powerful performances. When Adele sings, you can feel her voice reaching deep into your soul! And even if you’re not going through a heartbreak, you suffer just the same when you listen to her music!

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But you should probably know that Adele is not just an incredibly talented artist  — she’s also really tall. Adele is 5’9’’ tall (around 175 cm), and she has a beautiful face. In other words, she could definitely be a model if she wanted!

Blake Lively

Ever since Blake Lively brought Serena van der Woodsen to life, she’s never left the big screen again. And let’s all be happy she didn’t. In addition to being a talented actress, Blake is also a really nice and humorous person.

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As you probably guessed by her long legs that she’s always proudly showing, Blake is pretty tall. In fact, she is one of the tallest ladies in Hollywood. Blake Lively is approximately 5’10’’ inches tall, which is something around 178 cm.

Gisele Bündchen

For many, many years, Gisele Bündchen was the world’s highest-paid model. And we bet that the casting lady who once told Gisele she had too big a nose to make it as a model must regret saying that to this day!

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The supermodel is also on the list of the tallest models and celebrities overall. She’s 5’11’’ tall (approximately 180cm), but that doesn’t make her the tallest person in her household. Gisele’s husband is 6’4.’’ When you’re that tall, it’s difficult to find a man that can beat it!

Gwendoline Christie

When Game of Thrones introduced the world to British actress Gwendolin Christie, lots of people couldn’t believe that she wasn’t wearing prosthetics or relying on CGI in order to look that tall on-screen. And we don’t even blame them — there aren’t that many tall women in Hollywood.

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Well, not a lot of women are as tall as Gwendoline. The Star Wars actress is 6 foot 3 inches tall (190 cm). This easily makes her the tallest lady on our list and the first one to be over 6 feet tall without wearing high heels!

Katie Holmes

If you remember Katie Holmes from Dawson’s Creek, it is kind of hard to imagine that she is such a tall woman. When that show first began, the entire cast, Katie included, was so young and tiny! But the truth is that the actress is taller than you’d think.

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Katie Holmes’ height is approximately 5 foot 9 inches tall, which is something around 175cm. That height puts her on our list of tallest women in Hollywood — but it also puts her on the list of female celebs who were once married to a shorter man!

Queen Latifah

Do you know how we mentioned that some of these tall ladies could have easily pursued a career in sports? Well, it seems like one of them actually did that — thought she ultimately became a huge star in Hollywood.

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You may know Queen Latifah as an actress, rapper, singer, and multi-talented artist. But what lots of people don’t know is that this Hollywood powerhouse is also pretty tall at 5’10.’’ Because of that, she used to play basketball in school!

Jane Lynch

Speaking of multi-talented tall celebrities, we just have to talk about Jane Lynch. The former Glee star is now nearly ending her run as Mrs. Brice in the latest Funny Girl revival. But who said that Lynch can only dance, sing, and act?

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At 6 feet tall (183cm), Jane Lynch can also play basketball very well. In fact, she was one of the best players in her school and could’ve had a professional career if she wanted. Lucky us that she decided to pursue a career in Hollywood instead, right?!

Tyra Banks

If you know anything about reality television and modeling, you have probably heard of America’s Next Top Model. The host of the show is the supermodel Tyra Banks, who became a huge star from the beginning of her career when she was just a teenager.

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As a runway supermodel, it only makes sense that Tyra would be tall — but do you have any idea just how tall she really is? Tyra Banks is approximately 5’10’’ tall, which definitely places her on the list of tallest women in Hollywood.

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow is a legendary journalist who became the very first lesbian woman to host a news show on prime time. She’s been hosting The Rachel Maddow Show for almost 15 years and is really popular among those who don’t identify as conservatives.

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While most people know that Maddow is an educated and clever woman, lots of people don’t know she’s also pretty tall. Well, we can’t really blame anyone for this — who can tell Rachel Maddow is 5’11’’ (180 cm) tall if she’s always sitting behind that desk?

Claudia Schiffer

Looking at this next picture, you may get the wrong idea that you are looking at a young model at the beginning of her career. Actually, that is Claudia Schiffer, the iconic German model who was one of the first ladies to be called a supermodel.

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A fun fact about Schiffer is that she’s been featured on the cover of over a thousand magazines, which makes her the model with most covers. She’s also 5’11’’ or 182 cm tall, which also makes her one of the tallest models of her generation.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

When people think of Maggie Gyllenhaal, they usually remember her bright blue eyes and short hair. Combine these two features, and you get the picture of a petite woman — but Maggie is not petite at all! In fact, she’s pretty tall.

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While Maggie has never really worked as a model on the side, like lots of actresses do, she certainly has the body for it. She’s lean and is approximately 5’9’’ tall, which makes Maggie almost the same height as her brother Jake.

Tilda Swinton

Hollywood has lots of different types of stars — and there is not just one beauty standard in the entertainment industry. Tilda Swinton is one of the actresses that captures the audience not just because of her talent but also because of her unique face and body.

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Swinton has such a unique androgynous style that she has played both male and female characters on the big screen. And she can easily pull off a male role because she definitely has the body for it. Tilda Swinton is 6 feet tall (183 cm), so she’s definitely taller than lots of Hollywood leading ladies.

Serena Williams

You don’t need to be a fan of tennis to know who Serena Williams is. The legendary athlete has made history on the court, but she is also a popular personality in Hollywood. And if you’re interested in learning more about her, you can always watch the movie King Richard, which is a biopic film about her father and her family.

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Everyone knows that Serena Williams has an amazing body. But do people know just how tall she is? Serena is approximately 5’9’’ tall — and that actually doesn’t make her the tallest woman in her sport. Most female tennis players are 5’10’’ and above!

Lais Ribeiro

Brazil is a country that has exported plenty of supermodels, including Lais Ribeiro. Her career took off almost a decade after Gisele, Alessandra, and Adriana had already established themselves as the most powerful supermodels coming from Brazil, but Lais quickly made a name for herself as well.

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Lais is only 31 years old, and she’s already modeled for the most popular brands in the world. And it is honestly not surprising that she’s become such a successful model at such young age. Ribeiro is 6’1,’’ so she definitely had the body for this profession!

Dot-Marie Jones

Lots of female Hollywood celebrities had the ideal height to pursue athletic endeavors in case their careers in the entertainment industry had never worked. But some people actually did both — Dot-Marie Jones is a successful actress, and she was also a successful athlete.

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Believe it or not, the Glee and Lizzie McGuire actress won the national arm-wrestling championship 15 times! On top of that, she was a successful track athlete during her high school and college years. Talk about doing it all!

Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon is popular for bringing two iconic characters to life. First, she portrayed Donna Pinciotti in That 70’s Show, and then she portrayed the iconic Alex Vauseman in Orange Is The New Black. We bet you probably know this face very well:

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If you watch an episode of any of the shows Laura was in, you’ll see that she is usually taller than most of her castmates, both female and male. That’s because Laura Prepon is 5’10’’ or 178 cm tall.

Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones is one of the most successful comediennes of this generation, and you have certainly seen her on SNL or the Ghostbusters (the 2016 all-female cast version). This funny lady is well-known for her comedy talents, but also for her height.

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If you got to see Leslie Jones on SNL before she left the cast, you probably remember how she was much taller than all of the other cast members. She often stood out because of her physique, and the fact that Leslie is 6 feet tall also helped a lot.

Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams may be America’s brightest tennis star, but Maria Sharapova is the one and only in her home country. This iconic tennis player is one of the most successful athletes in the history of the sport — and her height certainly helped her career.

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As we mentioned, most tennis players are taller than the average person. It’s all a matter of physics, and being tall helps their performance a great deal. Hence why, it’s not that surprising that Maria Sharapova is 6 foot 2 inches tall (182 cm).

Ireland Baldwin

At 26 years old, Ireland Baldwin is a successful model. As you can tell by her very well-known last name, she is a member of the famous Baldwin family. Her parents are actors Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, and she’s cousins with Hailey Bieber.

At 26 years old, Ireland Baldwin is a successful model. As you can tell by her very well-known last name, she is a member of the famous Baldwin family. Her parents are actors Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, and she’s cousins with Hailey Bieber.

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Many people don’t know this, but Ireland Baldwin is 6’2’’ tall. She’s usually the tallest person in the room, and that’s not even the most interesting fact about her height. A hilarious fact is that Ireland is two inches taller than her father and significantly taller than her mom.

Venus Williams

Before Serena Williams was the reining queen of tennis, her sister Venus was already a living legend. Venus may not have accomplished as many feats as her younger sister, but she has done a lot and has enjoyed a successful career since she was a young girl.

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While Serena is not exactly one of the tallest tennis players, Venus is. The athlete is 6’1’’ tall (185 cm). This puts her among the tallest athletes in her sport but also one of the tallest ladies in Hollywood.

Sigourney Weaver

There is no way a science-fiction fan doesn’t know who Sigourney Weaver is. The iconic actress has starred in some of the most famous sci-fi movies of all time, including James Cameron’s box office hit Avatar and the Alien franchise.

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Perhaps Sigourney Weaver is the ideal actress to portray strong women in insane situations because she has a very athletic fit. The New York City-born actress is 5 foot 11 inches tall (180 cm), and she’s been that tall since she was in her teens!

Brigitte Nielsen 

Brigitte Nielsen rose to fame back in the 1980s when she starred in some of Sylvester Stallone’s most popular movies (Rocky and Cobra). But she gained media attention because, on top of acting alongside Stallone, she was married to him for a while.

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Brigitte Nielsen is 6’1’’ tall and has a very fit and strong body, which is partly why she was so popular back in the day. An interesting fact is that Nielsen is a good three inches taller than Stallone, so she’s part of the group of actresses who prefer shorter men.

Macy Gray

If you were going through a difficult breakup in the 1990s, you probably remember the iconic song I Try, by singer-songwriter Macy Gray. For a while back there, Macy was the most popular singer in the country, all thanks to her hit song.

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But many people don’t know that the singer is also taller than most other singers out there. At 6 feet tall, Macy Gray is a particularly tall woman among the tallest Hollywood celebrities. And it’s funny how she once talked about actors being tiny. Maybe it’s because she’s pretty tall!

Katie Grigorieva

Back when Victoria’s Secret still had its Fashion Shows, every young model dreamed of becoming an Angel. One of these lucky gals was Katie Grigorieva, a European model who got to walk the VS Fashion Show runway for two years in a row.

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Katie has the perfect body for a model. She has the perfect face, physique, and height. She is 5 foot 11 inches tall (182 cm). Considering that her husband is taller than her, it’s safe to say that their kid will be the tallest kid on the block!

Lindsay Kay Hayward

If you know anything about professional wrestling, you’ve certainly seen Lindsay Kay Hayward before. While she was known for her successful career, she was particularly popular thanks to her height. You probably can’t tell by this picture, but she is the tallest person on this list.

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Lindsay Kay Hayward is 6 foot 8 inches tall (204 cm). And yes, you read that right. She is more than 2 meters tall! That’s why Lindsay was known as “Isis the Amazon.” She could literally play basketball with professional male athletes because she’s just as tall as them!

Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler is a popular talk show host, and lots of people know her for her bright smile. But what most of the people who watch her stuff know is that Aisha is taller than other female hosts on television.

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Aisha Tyler is 6 feet tall, which is something like 183 cm. While her height is something that people think is beautiful, it wasn’t always like that. Like most tall girls, being the tallest kid in the classroom made Aisha the target of many jokes regarding her height!

Adrianne Palicki

Adrianne Palicki is a popular actress who has starred in different shows throughout her career. DC fans, you probably remember her from Smallville, where she interpreted Clark Kent’s cousin Kara. Marvel fans have seen Palicki on Agents of SHIELD.

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While you can probably tell that Adrianne Palicki is not necessarily short, most people don’t know just how tall she is. The blonde bombshell is 5’11’’ tall, which definitely places her on the list of tallest actresses in Hollywood right now.

Padma Lakshmi

If you are into reality television, you must have certainly seen Padma Lakshmi on your television on more than one occasion. The Top Chef host was born in India but rose to global fame after she became a model in Europe.

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Lakshmi has produced acclaimed documentaries and has written best-selling books, which makes her a multi-talented artist who’s enjoyed success on different platforms. But what a lot of people don’t know is that the Indian star is 5’10’’ tall, hence why she first enjoyed fame as a model!

Kimora Lee Simmons

Nowadays, reality television stars are becoming Hollywood celebrities in their own right. Kimora Lee Simmons is one of the reality stars who managed to cross that celebrity bridge. On top of being a popular reality TV star, Kimora is also a successful businesswoman.

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Kimora Lee Simmons first became popular because she was so tall. At 6’0’’ tall, she was bullied for being tall, and that’s when she became a model. After she rose to fame, we’re pretty sure that no one made fun of Kimora for her height anymore!

Saffron Burrows

If you are a Mozart in the Jungle fan, you know Saffron Burrows very well. The British actress portrayed a cello player on that show, and the fact that she is taller than most other actresses definitely helped her get that role.

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In case you didn’t catch her on that show, you probably know her as Love Quinn’s mother on Netflix’s hit show You. Most people are not aware that Saffron Burrows is 183 cm tall (or 6’0’’). And because she has the perfect bone structure on her face, Saffron was a successful model before she transitioned to an acting career.

Stacy Keibler

Now it’s time for us to talk about a Hollywood celebrity who is incredibly talented at a bunch of different things. Stacy Keibler is known for her role in WWE, but she’s also a cheerleader, a dancer, an actress, and a model!

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Keibler was able to find success in each of those fields thanks to her physique. She’s not only lean, but she’s also pretty tall. Stacy Keibler is 5’11 tall (183 cm) and has legs that seem to go on forever!

Kristen Johnston

For lots of tall people, dealing with their height is not always easy. Once we’re adults, we don’t think much of being tall — but when we’re kids, our height seems to be the one and only thing that defines us.

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Actress Kristen Johnston didn’t have it any different. She was almost 6 feet tall by the time she was thirteen years old, and most kids in school bullied her for that. But the actress overcame those scars and became pretty successful — and she was particularly praised for being 6’1’’ tall!