Stewart heads Forbes list of highest-earning actresses

2012-06-20 11:36

Kristen Stewart is Hollywood’s best paid actress, according to Forbes’ annual list of the top earning actresses in Hollywood, which was released late last night.

Stewart (22) earned an estimated $34.5 million from May 2011 to May 2012 thanks to her role as Bella Swan in two hit Twilight films for which she was paid $12.5 million each, plus a share of the profits.

She topped up her wage cheque with a starring role in Snow White and the Huntsmen.

Second on the list was Cameron Diaz, who earned $34 million, thanks mainly to her share of the profits in the surprise hit Bad Teacher.

Third place went to Sandra Bullock with earnings of $25 million, while last year’s leader Angelina Jolie dropped to fourth spot with $20 million in pay.

Charlize Theron rounded out the top five with 18 million dollars.

Julia Roberts ($16 million), Sarah Jessica Parker ($15 million), Meryl Streep ($12 million), Kristen Wig ($12 million) and Jennifer Aniston ($11 million) rounded out the top ten.

In total Hollywood’s ten leading actresses earned $200 million, far less than the $361 million earned by the top ten actors on Forbes list.

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