Who Are the Highest Paid Actresses of All Time? This List Might Surprise You
1. Angelina Jolie
Perhaps considered the epitome of Hollywood glamor and beauty, Angelina Jolie boasts an impressive list of accolades. She starred as the shrewd and sexy Lara Croft in the 2001 film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, based on the popular video game, which basically jumpstarted her career.
In 2014, she starred in one her most commercially successful film yet, Maleficent, for which she earned a staggering $33 million. She played a convincingly dastardly but graceful leading lady. In total, Angelina Jolie has well over $400 million to her name.
2. Jennifer Lawrence
Fans of The Hunger Games franchise know her best as the cunning, somewhat enigmatic Katniss Everdeen–the Girl on Fire, who has a way with the bow and arrow. She has also played engaging roles in such films as Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and American Hustle (2013).
Of course, playing a role as lofty as Katniss has to be worth something, right? In fact, Jennifer Lawrence’s role as Ms. Everdeen secured her a spot as one of the highest-paid “action heroines” of all time. In 2016, the actress made a staggering $46 million, and she flaunts a jaw dropping net worth of over $110 million.
3. Scarlett Johansson
Vivacious and curvaceous, there is no stopping Scarlett Johansson. She frequently ranks at the top of Most Attractive Women in the World lists and never fails to keep one looking at the screen–even when nothing particularly action packed is going on. She has acted in such films as The Black Dahlia (2006), The Prestige (2006), and Lucy (2014). In addition, she makes quite the seductive Black Widow in the Marvel world.
Over the years, Scarlett Johansson has accrued quite the fortune, with a net worth well over $100 million. In fact, she claimed the title of highest-grossing actress in 2016, bringing in a total of $1.2 billion worldwide. Her own paycheck was just as impressive– $25 million.
4. Mila Kunis
“Shut up, Meg!” her character, the awkward, plain, and bespectacled Meg Griffin from Family Guy, often hears. In reality, though, Mila Kunis basks in a spotlight that is wholly hers, graceful and confident. She also played the hedonistic Jackie in the hit late-90’s That 70’s Show, and appeared on several blockbusters such as Black Swan, Friends with Benefits and Ted.
With such big roles to her name, Mila Kunis has raked in quite a bit of money. In 2016, the beautiful actress made a whopping $11 million. Her net worth is estimated to hover somewhere around $45 million.
5. Amy Adams
Actress Amy Adams has no shortage of prestigious awards. In total, she has scored two Golden Globes, six British Film Academy Awards, and five Oscar nominations. Some of her better-known films include The Master (2012), The Fighter (2010), and Doubt (2008).
Of course, Amy Adams did not just land into her illustrious career. She first stepped into the limelight as a stage performer in dinner theater before transitioning to the glittering land of Los Angeles. There, she scored roles in some low-budget films until she finally established a name for herself. In 2016, Adams made an impressive $13.5 for her roles on Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals. Today, she sits on a net worth of $50 million.
6. Charlize Theron
South Africa-born, Charlize Theron has been developing a rewarding acting career since 1995. She played a gorgeous Queen Ravenna in the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman. Perhaps most notably, she scored an Oscar for her chilling performance in the 2003 film Monster.
But her acclaim did not stop at an Oscar. She also earned a Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Movie Award, and National Board of Review Award. In 2016, Time recognized her as an influential person on its Time 100 most influential people list. She also made an impressive $16.5 million the same year. Theron boasts a net worth of $110.
7. Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston played one of television’s most beloved characters, Rachel Green on the hit sitcom Friends. She even won an Emmy for her performance as Rachel. Aniston also played a loving wife, doting mother, and prominent reporter in the touching 2008 film Marley & Me.
Beautiful and charismatic, Jennifer Aniston made a whopping $21 million in 2016 from films and endorsement deals. She also enjoys a net worth of $200 million, and consistently ranks as one of the most beautiful women of all time. Additionally, she boasts her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
8. Sofia Vergara
Born in Colombia, Sofia Vergara started her career as a television host for two separate shows on Univision. After that, she scored roles in such films as Chasing Papi (2003), Four Brothers (2005), and Hot Pursuit (2015).
Her most notable role is perhaps as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett in ABC’s popular show Modern Family, which earned her an impressive $43 in 2016. She has received several award nominations for her performance, including four Golden Globes. Vergara’s net worth is $120 million.
9. Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway has played unforgettable roles in some of Hollywood’s most beloved films. Some of her best known films include The Princess Diaries (2001), The Devil Wears Prada (2006), and Les Miserables (2012). With a sweeping voice and winning personality, she has established a reputation as an actress worth watching.
Of course, Anne Hathaway has a fortune to match her luminous presence, with a paycheck of $12 million earned from her movie roles and numerous modeling jobs. Her net worth sits at $35 million. In 2006, People Magazine named her one of the World’s 50 Most Beautiful People.
10. Natalie Portman
Classy, smart, beautiful, and endlessly talented, Natalie Portman has quite a few impressive honors to her name. Not only has she starred in a myriad of acclaimed films, she also managed to complete a degree at Harvard while a maintaining her status as a prolific actress.
Over the course of her career, she has earned an Academy Award (2010’s Black Swan), as well as three additional nominations. She has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award a total of six times, and won twice. Currently, her net worth sits at an impressive $54 million.
11. Margot Robbie
This Australian actress rose to stardom when she appeared on the Aussie soap opera Neighbours. She won two Logie Awards for her work before heading to the United States to try her luck in Hollywood.
In 2013, Robbie struck big when she was cast in the 2013 blockbuster The Wolf of Wall Street. She won an Empire Award for her performance. In 2016, she scored the ultimate role as Harley Quinn in the popular Suicide Squad. She now has a net worth of $8 million, and an estimated annual salary of almost $1 million.
12. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba entered the spotlight at the young age of 13, when she made her first movie, Camp Nowehere. Since then, she has enjoyed unprecedented success, both critically and commercially.
Her best known films are perhaps Sin City (2005), Fantastic Four (2005), and Good Luck Chuck (2007). In 2001, she scored a Golden Globe for her outstanding performance in the series Dark Angel. Alba’s net worth totals to an estimated $340 million, earned through a combination of successful movie choices and business ventures.
13. Kristen Stewart
Whether you are a Twilight fan or not, you have to admit: Kristen Stewart plays an irreplaceable Bella Swan. With her sullen eyes and brooding expression, she has mastered a look of her own.
And she has certainly been rewarded for establishing that inimitable look, which earned her an impressive paycheck of $12 million for films such as Snow White and the Huntsman and Personal Shopper. Much of her fortune has come from the Twilight saga. In total, she sits on a net worth of $70 million.
14. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon played the affable Elle Woods in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde. For that performance, she earned a Golden Globe nomination and a paycheck of $15 million. She also co-produced the 2014 blockbuster Gone Girl.
In 2006, she won an Oscar for Best Actress, for her role in Walk the Line. She was nominated for another Oscar in 2015 for her performance in Wild. Presently, Reese Witherspoon’s net worth hovers near $120 million, with a yearly paycheck of $32 million.
15. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts played the fun and lovable Vivian Ward in the 1990 comedy Pretty Woman. She and Richard Gere shared such a tantalizing chemistry that she ended up taking the Academy Award for Best Actress.
In 2016, Roberts made an impressive $12 million for films like Money Monster and Mother’s Day. Indeed, Julia Roberts has enjoyed an impressive fortune for her talents since the 90’s. Today, her net worth is estimated at $140 million.
16. Sandra Bullock
Your heart likely skipped several beats as you watched her race through the Los Angeles streets on a ticking time bomb of a bus with an equally talented Keanu Reeves. She was recognized for her performance with a Saturn Award.
That was in 1994. Since then, Sandra Bullock has started in numerous films and has endured as an irreplaceable Hollywood darling. In 2010, she was honored with an Oscar for her role in The Blind Side. Sandra Bullock enjoys a net worth near $200 million. With a paycheck of an incredible $14 million, she is definitely a Hollywood heavy hitter.
17. Kate Beckinsale
English actress Kate Beckinsale made a stunning debut in the 1993 film Much Ado About Nothing. Most impressively? She was juggling a rigorous course load at the University of Oxford at the time.
Since then, she has enjoyed a steady acting career. Watch her play a steely U.S. Marshal in Whiteout (2009) or a sly agent in the 2012 Total Recall. Kate Beckinsale has a net worth of $16 million.
18. Emma Watson
You likely watched her grow into the intelligent, graceful woman she is today over the course of the Harry Potter films. In them, she played the conscientious Hermione Granger.
Most recently, she played the beautiful bookworm Princess Belle in the Disney reboot of Beauty and the Beast, for which she earned $15 million. On top of a fruitful acting career, she balanced her academics with aplomb. She graduated from Brown University in 2014. Her net worth is an amazing $70 million.
19. Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner enjoyed her big break as Wanda in the 2000 hit comedy Dude, Where’s My Car?. Since then, her career as a dramatic actress has only blossomed.
In 2004, she played the starring role in another successful comedy, 13 Going on 30. In 2003, she switched things up and played a stunning Elektra in Daredevil. She might be best known for her role as Sydney Bristow in the long-lasting ABC spy show, Alias. For all her exceptional work, Jennifer Garner revels in a net worth of $60 million.
20. Cameron Diaz
Many younger viewers likely fell in love with her voice first, as Cameron Diaz is perhaps best known to younger audience members for her role as Princess Fiona in the Shrek franchise.
Of course, Cameron Diaz can do more than play a mean green ogre. She has been nominated for Golden Globe Awards on four separate occasions: for There’s Something About Mary (1998), Being John Malkovich (1999), Vanilla Sky (2001), and Gangs of New York (2002). Her net worth looms well over $100, estimated to be somewhere between $115 and $120.
21. Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow boasts an impressive record of films. She has starred in everything from the 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley to the 2005 film Proof. Additionally, she has played an imitable Pepper Potts in the Iron Man franchise. In 2015, for which she earned an estimated $9 million.
Her most critically acclaimed role was arguably as Viola de Lesseps in the 1998 romance Shakespeare in Love, for which she won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Her net worth is a healthy $80 million.
22. Tina Fey
Perhaps there is no actress quite as vibrantly versatile as Tina Fey. Since 1998, she has had America in tears of laughter with her work on Saturday Night Live. In particular, she plays a masterful and convincing Sarah Palin. For all her work, she has won several Emmys. She has even dabbled in screenwriting, her best known venture the 2004 film Mean Girls.
Fey got an incredible paycheck of $10.5 million appearing on films such as Sisters (2015), Date Night (2010), and Baby Mama (2008). She enjoys a hearty net worth of $54 million.
23. Emma Stone
Although she had a considerably established career beforehand, Emma Stone rose to greater fame in 2010 for her performance in the 2010 comedy Easy A. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her work.
Since then, Emma Stone’s career has only flourished. In 2017, she won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her performance in the musical film La La Land. She now enjoys a net worth of $18 million.
24. Julie Bowen
Julie Bowen has become something of a household name among television buffs. In the early 2000’s, she portrayed the starry-eyed aspiring writer Carol Vessey in the television show Ed. From 2005 to 2007, she played Sarah Shepard in the popular series Lost.
Julie Bowen is still going strong today as the neurotic Claire Dunphy from Modern Family, where she makes an impressive $500,000 per episode. She has scored numerous Emmy nominations for this role. On top of that, she has an impressive net worth of $16 million.
25. Julianna Margulies
You might know her best as the passionate, sometimes obstinate nurse Carol Hathaway from NBC’s renowned medical drama ER. She also played the dignified Alicia Florrick CBS’s acclaimed legal drama The Good Wife, for which she earned an estimated $10.5 million.
Julianna Margulies has earned many accolades for her portrayal of Alicia Florrick. In particular, she has won two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Television Association Critics Award, and a Golden Globe. Currently, her net worth is $22 million.
26. Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick became acquainted with the spotlight at a young age, getting her first feel of celebrity as a theater girl. She thrived, too, going on to win a Tony Award for her performance in High Society, a Broadway production.
Since then, she has continued to ascend the gilded ranks of stardom. In 2009, she portrayed a bright-eyed young woman in the film Up in the Air. She received an Academy Award nomination for her performance. For Pitch Perfect 3, Kendrick was rumored to make an estimated $6 million. Today, her net worth rests at $10 million.
27. Felicity Jones
Like many actresses that eventually experience unmatched fame, Felicity Jones began her acting career young, at the age of 12, when she appeared in a 1996 film called Treasure Seekers.
Since then, she has picked up various roles, both major and minor. Perhaps her most major role was Jane Hawking in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything. She received lavish praise for her performance, earning nominations for many major awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. She has a net worth of $6 million.
28. Ellen Pompeo
Ellen Pompeo is another actress who has enjoyed an illustrious television career. It all began when she debuted on the famed Law & Order in 1996.
Since then, she has shone in major roles in many popular television shows. She is perhaps most famous for her portrayal of Dr. Meredith Grey in Grey’s Anatomy, a role she has held since 2005. Pompero makes an estimated $300,000 per episode. Her net worth is estimated to be somewhere around $30 million.
29. Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne has established notable careers as both an actress and as a model. Hailing from the United Kingdom, she claimed the title of “Model of the Year” twice, a title awarded at the British Fashion Awards.
Acting wise, she scored the leading role of Margo in the 2015 film Paper Towns. In 2016, she joined the Suicide Squad cast. Having earned an estimated $46 million in 2016, Delevingne has a net worth of $145 million, and is currently considered the highest paid model in the world.
30. Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep carries herself with unmatchable grace. Demure and classy, she is impossible not to love. She has the accolades to back up her fame. With 20 Oscar nominations to her name, she has garnered more attention from the Academy than any other actor in history. She won three of those awards. Her stats are equally impressive for the Golden Globes: 30 nominations total, with eight of those being wins.
She has been hailed as one of cinema’s finest actresses, earning the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 as well as a yearly paycheck of $8 million. She has also won the prestigious Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award. Naturally, then, her net worth is quite enormous. It is estimated to be around $65 million.
31. Melissa McCarthy
Brimming with personality, Melissa McCarthy is the television star whose smile is dangerously contagious. She rose to fame in the 90’s, when she played Lorelai Gilmore’s close friend in the hit television series Gilmore Girls.
In 2011, she appeared in the hit comedy Bridesmaids. Her performance was so well-received that she scored an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. As of 2015, Melissa McCarthy’s name is proudly emblazoned on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 2016 she earned a whopping $33 million. On top of all this, she enjoys a net worth of $50 million.
32. Renee Zellweger
Renee Zellweger’s debut role was not so much glamorous as it was gory. Early in her career, she starred as Jennifer in the 1994 horror film Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.
Since then, she has racked up an impressive list of awards. They include two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, and three Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. Zelwegger banked an impressive $10 million in 2016, for her roles in movies The Whole Truth and Bridget Jones Baby. Moreover, her net worth is $60 million.
33. Kaley Cuoco
Many television buffs probably know her best as the charismatic and beautiful Penny from the popular show The Big Bang Theory, where she makes an incredible $1 million per episode. In fact, her career as a television actress began well before that.
The first show she ever starred in was 8 Simple Rules, a sitcom that aired on ABC from 2002 to 2005. She portrayed the character Bridget Hennessy. She has come far since then, scoring such prestigious awards as the Critics’ Choice and People’s Choice Awards. Her net worth is $45 million.
34. Kristen Wiig
Kristen Wiig has had a hand in many notable projects over the years, including Saturday Night Live, Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up and of course, 2011’s Bridesmaids.
She has appeared on various popular shows, including The Drew Carey Show, Portlandia, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She boasts an impressive seven Emmy nominations and a net worth of $20 million, with nearly $10 million earned in 2016, for her roles on Ghostbusters and Sausage Party.
35. Priyanka Chopra
Born in India, Priyanka Chopra has achieved many things over the course of her career–and not all are acting related. Perhaps most impressive, she never dreamed of being an actress.
Initially, Chopra thought she would study to be an engineer, until she was invited to explore the world of film in India. The winner of Miss World 2000, India celebrates her as one of its most promising talents and brightest rising star. She has an estimated net worth of around $11 million.
36. Gillian Anderson
If you are an X-Files fan, you are likely well-acquainted with Gillian Anderson and her legendary character Dana Scully. Indeed, not only was her character perhaps one of the most celebrated in television history, X-Files itself enjoyed a near-10 year run.
Anderson has many accolades to her name–everything from a Golden Globe to a Primetime Emmy. She also has a net worth of an impressive $35 million.
37. Nancy Cartwright
You might not recognize her right away, but you may very well recognize her voice once she starts talking. That’s because she voices America’s favorite cartoon troublemaker, Bart Simpson. Cartwright makes between $300,000 and $400,00 for every episode of The Simpsons.
Cartwright has provided voices for many other beloved characters, including the troublesome Mindy from Warner Brother’s Animaniacs, the nasally and easily-frightened Chuckie from Rugrats, and the adorable naked mole-rat Rufus from Kim Possible. Her net worth is a staggering $60 million.
38. Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington hastaken on various significant projects over the years. However, she owes much of her fame to her role as Olivia Pope in the popular ABC show Scandal, for which she makes $80,000 per episode.
Washington has been excelling in this role since 2012–and has the accolades to show for it. She has been nominated for a Golden Globe, as well as for two Primetime Emmys. She also made the 2014 “Time 100” list. Her net worth is $12 million.
39. Taylor Schilling
Right now, the Netflix’s series Orange Is the New Black is all the rage. You can thank Taylor Schilling for playing one phenomenal Piper Chapman.
Although the show is relatively young, she has already been nominated for Golden Globe Awards twice. She also scored a Primetime Emmy nomination. If that’s not enough, she’s enjoying a net worth of $1.5 million, which continues to climb as she makes $35,000 for every Orange in the New Black episode.
40. Mariska Hargitay
Law and Order: SVU has lasted an impressive 18 seasons. In that time, people have come and gone. Seeing Stabler leave was not easy. But one woman has remained loyal to her fans through 18 long seasons, and that is Olivia Benson, portrayed by Mariska Hargitay.
Mariska Hargitay has been nominated for countless Emmys for her role as Olivia Benson, one of which she won. She has also scored two Golden Globe nominations, one of which she won. She takes more an impressive $45,000 paycheck per episode, which certainly does not hurt her $45 million net worth.
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