Who’s the Highest-Paid Actress in Hollywood? The List Is Out

Jul 31, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Forbes magazine has released its list of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses, and the actress who tops the list hasn’t made a major movie in three years. Coming in at No. 1 was Angelina Jolie.

Her last major film, the report notes, was "The Tourist" with Johnny Depp, a 2010 release.

"In the interim, Jolie wrote and directed her first film, the Bosnian War movie ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey,’ and privately dealt with a major health issue. After finding out that she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, Jolie opted to have a double mastectomy," Forbes notes. "Jolie probably could have kept her decision a secret. Somehow, the celebrity press never caught on to why the star was suddenly out of the public eye."

Jolie tops the list, based on earnings between June 2012 and June 2013, with earnings estimated at $33 million.

"Hollywood hasn’t shied away from Jolie," Forbes reports. "She’s still one of the few actresses who can demand a paycheck north of $15 million for the right movie — like Disney’s retelling of the old Sleeping Beauty story, ‘Maleficent.’ The film, which hits theaters next summer, marks Jolie’s return to blockbusters and big money."

The No. 2 actress on the list, Jennifer Lawrence, checks in with earnings of $24 million.

"Hollywood’s new It Girl had a huge year in 2012," Forbes reports. "Not only did she win the Best Actress Oscar for ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ she helped the first movie in ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise earn $690 million on a budget of $80 million. While Lawrence was paid under $1 million to appear in the first film, Lionsgate was more than happy to bump up her pay for ‘Catching Fire,’ which hits theaters in November. She’ll also co-star in the next ‘X-Men; film, ‘Days of Future Past,’ in which she plays a young Mystique."

Last year’s No. 1, Kristen Stewart, slips to No. 3 this year with earnings of $22 million, down from $34.5 million a year ago.

In fourth place is Jennifer Aniston with $20 million, and rounding out the top five is Emma Stone, at $16 million.

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