Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker Got Bank
Angelina, Sarah Jessica Parker and Reese Witherspoon top the highest paid list in Hollywood.
The annual Forbes List of Highest Paid Actresses has come out. It’s enough to make you feel giddy and disappointed at the same time. Giddy because half the list is populated by women over the age of 40. Sad, because once you read on, you’ll understand.
What are the numbers? Angelina Jolie, who excels at playing the same role over and over, tied for first place with $30 million dollars. Not bad for someone whose last movie, The Tourist was laughed at by critics and U.S. audiences alike.
Sarah Jessica Parker is tied with Jolie because SJP was smart enough to get producer credit for her TV show, Sex And The City. The show is still running on cable channels across the world. Every time a show airs or a DVD is bought, money from the residuals goes into her coffers. Sarah Jessica’s fragrances give her around $18 million annually, and her position at Halston has also bolstered her accounts for the year.
Behind those two are Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. Both made $28 million for the year. Aniston’s Just Go With It was Aniston’s fourth highest earning movie in the states. Tied for fifth place are Julia Roberts and Kristen Stewart. Both brought home $20 million for the year.
What’s fascinating about this list is that there’s a tie for each of the top five positions. If Kristen Stewart wasn’t attached to the Twilight series (The Runaways did exactly that at the box office) and if Sarah Jessica Parker didn’t have outside interests, neither would be listed. SJP’s non-SATC movies (Did You Hear About the Morgans?, Smart People, Spinning into Butter) have all been duds.
And don’t you find it odd that Angelina, Reese and Jen’s movies do better outside the states than in the U.S.?
PJ Gach is Senior Editor: Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.