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Katie Holmes towers over Daniel Radcliffe at Tony Awards
but not over shorter husband, Tom Cruise

New York Daily News
By Kristie Cavanagh

Katie Holmes towered over 'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe at Sunday night's Tony Awards.

Although Holmes is two inches taller than her husband, Tom Cruise, the couple often correct their height difference on the red carpet.

Can you get a Tony for on-stage magic? If so, Katie Holmes is a shoo-in.

Holmes' knack for growing and shrinking at will was on clear display at the Tony Awards Sunday night when she towered over "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe while the duo presented the Best Actress award to Scarlett Johansson.

At times, the Holmes had to stoop to reach the microphone - which was set for Radcliffe - making their height difference even more pronounced.

What didn't compute was that the 31-year-old actress often stands at level height with husband Tom Cruise, even though he is an inch shorter than Radcliffe. Sometimes Cruise even towers over his bride.

When you calculate the three stars' heights, the photo evidence just doesn't add up.

At 5-foot-9, Holmes wore heels to the Tonys that raised her to nearly 6 feet. At just 5-foot-8, Radcliffe looked like a primary school student next to her. Yet Cruise, who is one inch shorter than Radcliffe, is rarely dwarfed by his wife.

So, how is it that Holmes doesn't make her shorter 47-year-old husband look like a shrimp on the red carpet?

One possibility is shoe lifts. People have speculated for years that Cruise wears heel inserts to appear taller next to his leading ladies, most notably his previous wife Nicole Kidman (who stands even taller than Holmes, at 5-foot-11).

Cruise has also been photographed standing several stairs above Holmes to correct their height difference.

Of course, Holmes also dresses down for her man - literally. She doesn't often wear Tony-type high heels in appearances with her hubby.

Whatever Holmes and Cruise do to reconcile their height difference, however, they clearly didn't share the game plan with Radcliffe.