While being tall isn’t a requirement to be an actress, many high profile TV and movie actresses do tend to be much taller than the average American woman (5’4”). These days, many actresses measure in close to — and over — six feet.
Things have certainly changed since the Golden Days of Hollywood when female stars were shorter than their male co-stars so the men didn’t appear short on film. These days, some shows, notably sci-fi series such as "Battlestar Galactica," "Star Trek" and the Marvel franchise, seem to make a point of choosing taller actresses — two of the women on our list starred in "Deep Space Nine," two in "Galaxy Quest," two in "Battlestar Galactica" and three in Marvel’s "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
You may also find some surprises or a few names that aren’t here. While you would expect to find statuesque women such as Sigourney Weaver, Saffron Burrows or Alison Janney, other actresses, including highly successful ones, seem tall on screen — think Jennifer Lawrence (5’9”) Charlize Theron (5’8”) or Cameron Diaz (5’7”) — but didn’t make our list. (They just seem taller in those long camera angles.)
Here is our pick of the top 50 tallest actresses.