Tom reportedly made $75 million, Taylor made $57 million and Kristen made $34.5 million. With that in mind, Forbes has now turned on its television news, listing the 20 highest paid actresses on the boob tube.
The word "actress" is certainly a stretch, since Forbes includes reality TV personalities like Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Bethenny Frankel. And, as Entertainment Weekly notes, the list doesn't include Saturday Night Live's Kristen Wiig because they put her on the movie actresses list. But some TV stars that did make the list — like Melissa McCarthy, Kristen's Bridesmaids co-star — are only in the top 20 for TV stars because their movie checks helped bump them up the list. So it's a weird selection, made weirder by the idea that last year's list was topped by a tie between Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria and 30 Rock’s Tina Fey and now they are third and fifth, under a few reality stars.
But even TV’s top money-maker, endorsement queen Sofia Vergara of Modern Family, “only” made $19 million. Lesson of the day: The biggest money in entertainment is in movies and pop music. Take note, college kids!
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Here are the top-earning TV actresses of 2012: 1. Sofia Vergara, $19 million 2. Kim Kardashian, $18 million 3. Eva Longoria, $15 million 4. Bethenny Frankel, $12 million 5. Khloe Kardashian Odom, $11 million 5. Tina Fey, $11 million 7. Mariska Hargitay, $10 million 8. Zooey Deschanel, $9 million 8. Felicity Huffman, $9 million 8. Ellen Pompeo, $9 million 11. Kate Walsh, $8 million 11. Teri Hatcher, $8 million 11. Marcia Cross, $8 million 11. Kaley Cuoco, $8 million 15. Alyson Hannigan, $7 million 15. Marg Helgenberger, $7 million 17. Melissa McCarthy, $6 million 17. Julianna Margulies, $6 million 17 . Kyra Sedgwick, $6 million 20. Courteney Cox, $5 million