These Ladies Are the Highest Earning Actresses in Hollywood in 2011

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Jennifer Aniston, Katherine Heigl, Julia Roberts – these are the names you would expect to be earning the fattest salaries in Hollywood, right? Maybe even Meryl Streep? Think again people. Not one of these names made the top five on Forbes’ list (as of July 2012), which is pretty surprising, but then again those three aren’t in gigantic movies like Twilight. Vampires and lame teen dialogue pay pretty well, as it turns out. It also depends on how many films an actor is in during any given year, and if they’re off doing their passion project that’s an indie that pays peanuts but that might just win them an Oscar, they might not be raking in the cash. So let’s see who the top five females are…

5 Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron – $18 million per year: Since her Oscar win for Monster, Theron hasn’t been afraid to take a pay cut and keep up her indie street cred. In 2011 her flick Young Adult came out which was an OK movie, but it was no blockbuster. Then again she probably got the motherload for Prometheus, which helped land her at number five. She’s also the face of Dior so, her bank account is doing just fine, thank you very much.

4 Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie – $20 million per year: Here she is. Of course Angelina is on the list, the woman can do no wrong. She wears vials of blood around her neck, kisses her own brother, and then turns into Saint Jolie by having six kids and running around trying to save the world. She’s pretty amazing to watch on screen (she’s so perfect she might just be an alien), except when she does weird leg poses like she did at the Oscars. Still, when she’s in a movie, people watch. Pay up.

3 Sandra Bullock

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Sandra Bullock – $25 million per year: OK so this one’s a little surprising. Sure Bullock is one of those “America’s Sweetheart” type mega-stars, but she was in one movie that came out in 2011– Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Did anyone really even see that? Looked sad. She probably got a gigantic payday for it, and maybe she’s still raking in the bucks from her blockbuster hit The Blind Side (why anyone likes that movie is a total mystery). Whatever the reasons, she’s sitting pretty.

2 Cameron Diaz

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Cameron Diaz – $34 million per year: Diaz has made a great career playing the “perfect girl” – the hot, clumsy chick who loves every single sport and can play golf too. She’s a fantasy: men want her and women want to be her. When you remember that she was in Bad Teacher, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and The Green Hornet in 2011, it makes sense that she’s number two on the list. Busy lady. She might not be getting Oscars, but she’s getting paid.

1 Kristen Stewart

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Kristen Stewart – $34.5 million per year: Ugh, Twilight. You can’t fight the power of pre-teen lust and longing for dudes like Edward Cullen. All the teen girls want to be Isabella (aka Kristen Stewart), and they have no social life (except going to the mall) so they see these films, 5, 7, 10 times! It’s no wonder movies with such horrible dialogue and stories make gazillions. So, there you have it: the highest paid actress. Where’s Meryl Street when you need her?

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