Maintaining leading-lady status in Hollywood requires more than starring roles.
The rÃ©sumÃ©s of Tinseltown’s A-list actresses feature offerings from movie and television work to endorsement and fashion deals. Along with the host of gigs come blockbuster paychecks. Proof: Hollywood’s 10 top-earning–and ever-active–actresses collectively banked $244.5 million between June 1, 2007 and June 1, 2008.
Topping the list is tabloid staple Cameron Diaz, who raked in $50 million during the 12-month period, thanks in large part to her lucrative reoccurring role as princess-turned-ogre in DreamWorks’ Shrek franchise.
Often typecast as the blonde ditz, Diaz also hit the big screen opposite Tinseltown goofball Ashton Kutcher in Twentieth Century Fox’s spring comedy, What Happens in Vegas. Up next: a silver-screen adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s best-selling novel My Sister’s Keeper and a fourth installment of Shrek.
Keira Knightley places No. 2 on the list, with annual earnings of $32 million. Third on the list is Hollywood sweetheart Jennifer Aniston. The former Friends star collected $27 million over the course of the year. Tied for fourth place on the list: Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow. Each banked $25 million during the year.