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Q: How Tall was Cole Porter? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: How Tall was Cole Porter?
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Celebrities
Asked by: probonopublico-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 20 Mar 2005 10:32 PST
Expires: 19 Apr 2005 11:32 PDT
Question ID: 497583
I've just checked @ imdb: Cary Grant was 6'1" and Kevin Kline is 6'2".

I understand that Cole was much shorter than the actors who protrayed
him in the Hollywood biopics.

Does anyone know?
Subject: Re: How Tall was Cole Porter?
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 20 Mar 2005 11:16 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Cole Porter was quite a bit shorter than Messrs. Grant and Kline.

In February 1931 'Vanity Fair' published 'A Close-Up of Cole Porter,'
which profiled him in these words:

"He is wholly unable to shave himself, which operation must be
performed at an average of twice a day. He never carries a walking
stick or gloves and wears a hat as little as possible. Most of his
suits are gray and he has a passion for soft shirts with collars
attached. He writes entirely with his left hand, at an angle almost
upside down. He loves a good dirty limerick... His dislikes are many
and varied, among the more pronounced being golf, steam-heated rooms,
pressed duck, English railway hotels, Belgium, and poetry. He
delights, however, in all kinds of scandal and crime news. He is five
feet, seven and a half inches tall and weighs a hundred and forty

I found this passage by searching the book "Cole Porter," by William
McBrien, using Amazon's "Search Inside the Book" feature. Cole Porter (Page 141)

Another reference to Porter's height (or lack of same):

"For the best part of his adulthood, Porter organized life so that his
effervescent music and his emollient lyrics preceded him into a room.
Manners defined the man and his songs, imposing on both a meticulous
and elegant symmetry. Slim and courtly, the five-foot-seven Porter had
black doe eyes and a burnished baby face, whose smoothness he enhanced
by shaving twice a day."

The New Yorker: A Critic at Large 

So that's the short of it. Large gifts are sometimes wrapped in small
packages, says I, from my runty pinnacle of five feet, two and a half


Request for Answer Clarification by probonopublico-ga on 20 Mar 2005 21:32 PST

I was wondering ...

When Hollywood gets round to doing a biopic of your life ...

Do you suppose I could get to play you?

Hopeful of Hove

Clarification of Answer by pinkfreud-ga on 20 Mar 2005 21:40 PST
>> When Hollywood gets round to doing a biopic of your life ...
>> Do you suppose I could get to play you?

That would be a stretch. I am trying to imagine a tall Englishman
portraying a stumpy Okie gal. Naw, it just doesn't work, Bryan.

However, Daisy might do a rather good job. :-D

probonopublico-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
Brilliant, Miss Pink

You always make it seem so easy!

And I've got that little unexpected extra .... your height, too.

Me? I'm in the same range as Grant & Kline so when (note 'when') we
meet we shall both have to shout.

D'ye hear?

Give the cats a treat from me.

All the Best


Subject: Re: How Tall was Cole Porter?
From: pinkfreud-ga on 20 Mar 2005 12:52 PST

Many thanks for the five stars and the ten-dollar bonus!

This was an entertaining question. I'm always glad to find a celebrity
with whom I can identify, and I see that I have much in common with
Cole Porter. Both of us like soft shirts, dirty limericks, crime
stories, and men. I, however, do not shave twice a day, except on
exceptionally hairy occasions.


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