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Friday, December 7, 2007

Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie Top Actress Pay Scale

Reese Witherspoon, Angelina Jolie Top Actress Pay Scale
Reese Witherspoon and Angelina Jolie are Hollywood's most desirable leading ladies, at least if you measure by paycheck.

According to the annual list of the industry's top-paid actresses compiled in The Hollywood Reporter, Witherspoon and Jolie rule the roost with a reported asking price of between $15-to-20 million per picture.

The trade paper is quick to note that while Witherspoon and Jolie might take reduced rates for a passion project like Witherspoon's fall dud "Rendition" or Jolie's "A Mighty Heart," the actresses command big bucks for projects in their creative wheelhouses. That would include romantic comedies for Witherspoon and features like "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" for Jolie.

Jolie, for example, will likely make full price for upcoming features like "Wanted" and "The Changeling," while the trades have previously both reported and accepted denials that Witherspoon was being paid $29 million for Universal's "Our Family Trouble."

Coming in third was Cameron Diaz, whose asking price is also more than $15 million, a figure skewed by the whopping $30 million the actress reportedly took in for just voicing a character in "Shrek the Third."

Despite a prodigious string of box office underperformers, last year's No. 2 Nicole Kidman slipped only to No. 4 with a price of between $10-and-15 million. Kidman continues to alternate between big budget studio projects likely to meet her asking prices ("Invasion" and the upcoming "The Golden Compass") and indies like "Margot at the Wedding," where she presumably takes far less.

Following Kidman are Renee Zellweger, Sandra Bullock and former highest paid actress Julia Roberts, who also make between $10-and-15 million.

The Top 10 is rounded out by Drew Barrymore, Jodie Foster and Halle Berry.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that a slew of young actresses are right on the cusp of the list and that another year of projects could prove if the likes of Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams and Jennifer Garner will be able join the esteemed ranks.


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