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Posted:  |  Updated: 07/16/12 06:00 PM ET

Celebrity Heights: How Do Snooki, Tom Cruise, Jane Lynch And More Measure Up?

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We know, we know. The proliferation of photographs of erstwhile couple Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise has left us all with the same burning question: Just how much taller is Holmes than Cruise? Why does she always appear to be towering over him? And why the heck does he like his women so tall?

While we can't answer the latter, we can say that Cruise stands at a below-national-average height at 5 feet 7 inches, and his ex-wife at 5 feet 9 inches.

Hollywood's elite come in all sorts of sizes. "The Social Network" star Armie Hammer swoops at 6 feet 4 inches, Howard Stern's big stage presence can be explained by his massive 6-foot-5-inch build and, at his prime, Hulk Hogan outflexed Michael Jordan by an inch at 6 feet 7 inches. Jane Lynch meets eye to eye with Jon Hamm, both at 6 feet. On the shorter end of the spectrum, Seth Green stands at a petite 5 feet 4 inches, Lady Gaga's talon nails and staggering Alexander McQueen heels add drama to her petite 5-foot-1-inch frame, while Snooki from "Jersey Shore" is one of the shortest celebrities around. The self-described meatball is only 4 feet 9 inches.

How do some of your favorite celebrities measure up? Launch our gallery below to see heights defined by celebrity, from 4 feet 9 inches to 6 feet 7 inches.

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  • 4 Foot 9 Inch

    Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi

  • 4 Foot 11 Inch

    Nikki Blonsky, Kristin Chenoweth, Lil' Kim

  • 5 Foot

    Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Kourtney Kardashian

  • 5 Foot 1 Inch

    Isla Fisher, Lady Gaga

  • 5 Foot 2 Inch

    Rachel Bilson, Jennifer Love Hewit, Kim Kardashian, Lea Michele

  • 5 Foot 3 Inch

    Jessica Simpson, Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker

  • 5 Foot 4 Inch

    Scarlett Johansson, Madonna, Seth Green, Mila Kunis

  • 5 Foot 5 Inch

    Anna Pacquin, Miley Cyrus, Zoey Deschanel, Lil Wayne

  • 5 Foot 6 Inch

    Cee-Lo Green, Justin Bieber, Kristen Stewart

  • 5 Foot 7 Inch

    Oprah, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, Tom Cruise

  • 5 Foot 8 Inch

    Usher, Angelina Jolie, Ryan Seacrest

  • 5 Foot 9 Inch

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Heidi Klum, Katie Holmes

  • 5 Foot 10

    Sylvester Stalone, Blake Lively, George Clooney, Kanye West

  • 5 Foot 11 Inch

    Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt, Uma Thurman

  • 6 Foot

    Jane Lynch, Jon Hamm, Kristen Johnston

  • 6 Foot 1 Inch

    Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, Barack Obama

  • 6 Foot 3 Inch

    Liam Hemsworth (with "Hunger Games" co-stars, Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence, both 5-foot-7-inch).

  • 6 Foot 2 Inch

    Ashton Kutcher, Will Smith, Maria Sharpova

  • 6 Foot 4 Inch

    Conan O'Brien, Armie Hammer, Alexander Skarsgard

  • 6 Foot 5 Inch

    Howard Stern, Vince Vaughn, Tim Robbins

  • 6 Foot 6 Inch

    Michael Jordan, Liam Neeson, Michael Crichton

  • 6 Foot 7 Inch

    RuPaul

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misstated Hulk Hogan's height as 6-foot-8-inch; he is cited to have been 6-foot-7-inch at his prime.

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