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Angelina Jolie tops Forbes list of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses

By Dorothy Pomerantz
Forbes

It's been three years since Angelina Jolie's last big movie, "The Tourist," with Johnny Depp. It underperformed for a film with that kind of star power, bringing in $278 million on a $100 million budget.

In the interim, Jolie wrote and directed her first film, the Bosnian War movie "In The Land of Blood and Honey," and privately dealt with a major health issue. After finding out that she was a carrier of the BRCA1 gene, Jolie opted to have a double mastectomy.

Jolie probably could have kept her decision a secret. Somehow, the celebrity press never caught on to why the star was suddenly out of the public eye. Instead, she wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about why she decided to have the mastectomy. The piece was honest, controversial and very brave.

Bing: Jolie pens Times op-ed

Hollywood hasn't shied away from Jolie. She's still one of the few actresses who can demand a paycheck north of $15 million for the right movie -- like Disney's retelling of the old Sleeping Beauty story, "Maleficent." The film, which hits theaters next summer, marks Jolie's return to blockbusters and big money. Jolie tops our list of Hollywood's Top-Earning Actresses with an estimated $33 million in earnings between June 2012 and June 2013.

That's $13 million more than Jolie earned last year and $9 million more than the second-ranked actress on our list, Jennifer Lawrence. Hollywood's new It Girl had a huge year in 2012. Not only did she win the Best Actress Oscar for "Silver Linings Playbook," she helped the first movie in "The Hunger Games" franchise earn $690 million on a budget of $80 million. While Lawrence was paid under $1 million to appear in the first film, Lionsgate was more than happy to bump up her pay for "Catching Fire," which hits theaters in November. She'll also co-star in the next X-Men film, "Days of Future Past," in which she plays a young Mystique.

More from Forbes: In Pictures: The Highest Paid Actresses of 2013

Kristen Stewart, who topped the list last year with $34.5 million, ranks third this time around with $22 million. We credited Stewart with her upfront pay on "Snow White and the Huntsman" last year. Stewart has appeared on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list four times but this could be her last year. With the "Twilight" series finished, Stewart's biggest income source is drying up. For now, Stewart seems happy to do smaller films like the recent "On the Road." Based on Jack Kerouac's famous book, it only grossed $8.7 million at the box office. She'll have to find another successful franchise if her earnings are going to shoot back up again to "Twilight" levels.

To compile our list we talked to agents, managers and other in-the-know folks to estimate entertainment-related revenue for each celebrity between June 2012 and June 2013. We did not deduct for taxes, agent fees or any of the other costs of being a celebrity.

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In fourth place this year: Jennifer Aniston with $20 million. Thanks to "Friends," Aniston never really needs to work again. That freedom has allowed her to work in lower-budget comedies that seem to appeal more to her sense of fun than any profit motive. Her next movie is "We're the Millers." The comedy, which cost an estimated $30 million to make, is about a pot dealer who puts together a fake family to move a large shipment of marijuana from Mexico to the U.S.

Rounding out the top five is Emma Stone. The young actress, who debuted on the Celebrity 100 this year, earned an estimated $16 million between June 2012 and June 2013.

More from Forbes.com:
In Pictures: The Highest Paid Actors Of 2013
In Pictures: The Most Powerful Actresses Of 2013
In Pictures: The Top-Earning Celebrities Under 30

33Comments
Jul 29, 2013 10:28AM
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It's amazing that Kristen Stewart is that highly paid when she is truly one of the worst actresses in the world. She is so flat, bland and lifeless - it's actually painful to just look at her. She did an interview on The Daily Show and I've never seen a more disinterested and boring person with the audacity to call themselves and actor. 
Jul 29, 2013 9:40AM
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 Remember when you needed TALENT to be a "star"?
Jul 29, 2013 9:39AM
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And people wonder why and gripe about the price of a movie ticket being so high.
Jul 29, 2013 10:00AM
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ANISTON? ARE YOU KIDDING?  She plays the same character every time - Rachel Green in different settings.
Jul 29, 2013 10:22AM
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Kristen Stewart will Never get earning's like Twilight again! She can't act to save her life and has No emotions at all, Hell she can't even smile for pictures! Her best bet is to keep making the perv's out there happy by showing her Nonexistent body, like she did in "On the road"!

 

Jennifer Lawrence on the other hand is about the most real actress in hollywood right now! She's very humble, wise, talented and beautiful, Especially for being so young! She's not out there trying to show off or act like the world revolves around her like Most the young actresses today! She is also smart enough to stay away from drugs(except maybe a little alcohol) and porn! So sadly we may never have the privilege of seeing exactly how beautiful she is in her birthday suit, but I'm sure we will see Lots more great performances from her!! 

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