July 6th, 2011
11:39 AM ET

Jolie, SJP tie for top of highest paid actress list

Which Hollywood woman is making the most bank? It's a toss-up - between Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Forbes has unveiled its top earning women in Hollywood list with Jolie and SJP sitting at the top, having each taken in an estimated $30 million between May of 2010 and May of 2011. Forbes came up with their estimations by chatting up industry insiders, and the earnings reflect pretax gross income, and doesn't account for any deductions for management, agent or attorney fees.

Jolie, 36, added "Salt" and "The Tourist"  to her resume in 2010, and while the latter may not have impressed many stateside it certainly did overseas. Thanks to international support, the movie, co-starring Johnny Depp, went on to make $280 million.

Parker, meanwhile, is still raking in "Sex and the City" dough. Since she wore both actor and production hats on the series, she's getting a nice cut from the reruns. "Sex and the City 2" also didn't receive a lot of critical love, but the 2010 movie still went on to earn $290 million. Not to mention the fact that Parker also earned $18 million from her line of perfumes.

Coming in behind those two top earners are Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, who earned $28 million a piece in that time frame. Julia Roberts, whose film "Larry Crowne" had a disappointing showing at the box office opening weekend, comes in fifth, having earned $20 million, the same as "Twilight Saga" star Kristen Stewart.

For the rest of the list, visit Forbes.com.

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  1. For the record

    For the record, "horse face" was used 27 times so far in these comments. That feels a little low in my opinion. Keep em comin

    July 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Angie

    Whatever you think of these two women, they make millions for their industry, so yes, they do deserve to get paid and well.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. Glenn

    Sarah Jessica Parker? But she looks like a foot! (thank you Seth McFarlane)

    July 7, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chucklehead

    One looks like a horse and the other one is just a ho.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. bachmanntwit

    Michele Bachmann keeps her valuables in a hollowed out buttplug.

    July 7, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Paul

    Is this just American actresses? I ask because Emma Watson made at least 30 million for the last Harry Potter flicks, which would easily put her at or near the top.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brad Pitt

    I'm g ay and im only with that h-o to watch her have s ex w other men. i like watching their b@lls hit upon her skinny boney azz afterwards i throw her a sandwich but she refuse to eat

    July 7, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. whatever

    Whether you like it or not, Angelina and Sarah are the highest paid actresses. I personally like Angelina's. If you don't like their movies, just don't watch them, that easy. Most people posting in this article have just come to show their low self esteem. Horse face? skeleton..? I would really like to see what these people posting here really look like..

    July 7, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. Just Saying 2


    July 7, 2011 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • surprised

      Oh really? and she must be the only one not only in Hollywood but in the whole world who does that, surprising...

      July 7, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Marie

    Why so much hatred...The article is not about Jolie and / or SJP's appearance / look- horse face, dog, etc.- Human (Imagine that...)... It is about the Highest Paid.... not the MOST PERFECT / MOST BEAUTIFUL

    July 6, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TootsInYourPanties

    I am deeply in love wth Angelina Jolie. OMG, Yes. Her chichis are So Nice.

    July 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. diane

    bottom line, you have some one who makes a bizzilion dollars annually – are they hording or contributing? Isn't it sad that we have individuals who are multimillionaires who find great pleasure in partying while we have the elderly yearning for help despite the fact they have contributed throughout their life to government programs that can't or won't help them. Shame on you Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, Britany Spears, Tom Cruise, Charlie Sheen, etc

    July 6, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Marie

    1) Why is Age a Factor?? The article is Suppose to be about the HIGHEST PAID ACTOR....
    2) Specifically, Any particular reason that Jolie's age MUST (ALWAYS, IT SEEMS) be stated... ??? I don't see SJP's noted.....
    or did I miss it?

    July 6, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tino

    Are you kidding me, SJP, as you call her, is the top paid actress in Hollywood!!! HOLY S**T! That's how much the quality of "stars" has degenerated over the past decade. She's a lousy actress and has a horse face. In fact she doesn't act, she's always SJP on or off screen. Well, at least none of it is my money, I don't go to the movies anymore since the prices went above 5 bucks, unless it's a movie I really think worth seeing on the big screen and none of those would include SJP.

    July 6, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Siojan

    Haven't seen these last movies of Jolie, but she has definitely shown some acting chops in the past. Anybody remember Gia? She was exceptional. And as far as SJP goes, who cares if she's not everyone's idea of beauty? What has that got to do with her talent anyway?

    July 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • clevercandi

      I believe her philosophy during the "Gia" days was, "I never met a drug I didn't like.".

      July 7, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  16. Charles

    I say raise all their taxes. Make them pay more. Tax these rich Hollywood people! Vote Democrats.

    July 6, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  17. ibrad

    How`s that ...30 million for these two women who I wouldn`t even watch a commerical with nevermind a 90 minute movie. Hollywood lost it`s stardom many many years ago!

    July 6, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  18. maary

    Sloppy kisses for her brother????
    Wow.. just who we should be holding up as a role model...:(

    July 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Tom Simon

    These people are way too self important and make way too much money. The best films are now coming out of small production studios in Eastern Europe. Hollywood is a all flash and bim bam – our culture has become all surface and no depth.

    July 6, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  20. King Big D

    It's funny that women that are ugly always talk and make funny of the pretty ones. I think several of you drank a big jar of Nancy Grace Haterade hahahaha

    July 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Samsdeb

    What really amuses me about most of these comments is that the article says nothing about quality of acting, looks (obviously) or what anyone thinks of their films. It just says they make a lot of money doing a lot less work than most of us will ever live to see.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ms codpiece

    no one said they were good....just that they made a lot of money. there is a difference between making money and talent....ask meryl stripe...lol.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Kudu

    Why would anyone pay to watch horse-face Parker?

    July 6, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mrs. M

    Somebody needs to teach these fools how to do simple math. The highest paid actor/actress is the one who makes the most money for doing the least amount of work.

    July 6, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  25. MXD

    It's sad that lower quality movies do so well overseas. Kind of like Europeans liking horrible, outdated, cheesy rock. Why am dat??

    July 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Flatulent Fred

    SJP looks like Ruth Buzzi. Am I the only one who sees this?

    July 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  27. oh really?

    WHY?? Their movies are box office flops. Hollywood stinks.

    July 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  28. dave p

    old nancy grace must live in a glass house,one day it will crack,loud mouth bh.

    July 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  29. mai2centz

    Both of these washed up hags are mediocre, at best. American entertainment sucks, at best.

    July 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Lori

    S.J.P.???? You have got to be kidding! She's about as entertaining as a door knob!

    July 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  31. chang

    want my `2 minutes back, and the 5 seconds it took to type this....

    July 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  32. JT


    July 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  33. J

    Jolie looks like a skeleton wearing a wig. Brad Pitt can do much better. She reminds me of one of those bobble headed figures you put on your dashboard. I think if we could get a low angle picture of Jolie I think we would see that her neck is not attached to her head. We'd see that her head is floating atop a coil spring.

    July 6, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  34. ncmyk

    what a crappy article.

    most people will read the headline and think they are going to see what actress commands the most money for an acting performance. the true measure of an actress at the top of her game.

    instead, the article is about who had the highest income of the year, no matter what they did and how many times. perfume income – give me an effin' break.

    July 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  35. jAMES

    Jolie looks like a Sears mannequin. The other one looks like a young witch. 30 million dollars? I honestly don't see it. I mean, who is flocking to the theaters to see either of these 2. America has really lowered it's standards. We use to think Kathy Bates and Merril Streep were idol worthy. Now we idolize a chick who has been photographed making out with her brother and wearing sling blades blood around her neck. ... and the other one is not only ugly, but she can't act.. no wonder the rest of the world laughs at us.

    July 6, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Meki60

    What, horse-faced Parker, she would need $30M to get me interested.

    July 6, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  37. olivadehavinotadamnedthig

    an... jol... makes crap movie for bucks ~ panders her rep ~ very billybobish
    depp sure was an chump money grubber
    actually have never seen a good aj movie ~ laura croft? hahaha
    sjp ~ needs a n/ose job really bad and her mouth corrected straight
    the gouges running down her cheaks are terrible
    make a movie with that albino chinese model ~ tres gauche

    July 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Phantom

    Jennifer Aniston is hotter, but Angie is by far the best actress in this woeful list. SJP? Good God, what a cow. Even in the early days of SINTC she was a joke compared to Cattie, who was not only flaming hot, but acted circles around her.

    July 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  39. paul higgy

    everyone knows hollywood is all about makeup,and make believe..this is just a list that someone come up with. the two ladies in question are excellent actresses. there are a lot more.so get over yourself,if you think these ladies would ever even look once at you.lol.

    July 6, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Analytic

    It is nice to predict how much our stars are making. Angelina Jolie deserves both the remuneration and recognition. She is an Angel of Humanity. There are many people who make lot of money, but there are only a few who will give back and serve the society. We may think acting is very easy, but when it comes to real performance it's really very hard. Academy, Golden Globe etc awards are ecognizing the best performers. It's always good to encourage best people in all the fields.

    July 6, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Patty Greene

    From "Square Pegs" to 30 mil a year. Gotta love it! Us nerds rule!

    July 6, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  42. TSEdwards


    July 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Stable Called (@ TSEdwards)

      Can you tax horses? How will they pay? Payments of hay?

      July 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • bgal

      uh, clearly money.. idiot. Did you not see the $30 million? Or did you jump right into your horribly unfunny joke to try and get someone to laugh along with you because your self esteem is so low?

      July 6, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Edsr

    You folks did not POST my entry regarding Sandy Bullock........did I say something naughty or do you simply censor everything that does not agree with you?

    July 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Hoofleau

    If these are the top two earners, then movie producers need a new casting couch. Sometimes it gets boring to see the same faces in every other movie production. It gives a feeling of "been there, done that".

    July 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  45. jjdecor

    This is really pitiful!! the movies they are making $ on were HORRIBLE I couldn't watch them all the way through especially SATC 2. If making the most $ means you are the best that sucks cause neither of these 2 are exceptionally good actors. I'm glad I didn't pay any money to see any of these movies.

    July 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      Me neither. I haven't seen any of these flicks, but SOMEBODY has to be. Who is so overrun with time that they can afford to throw away 2 hours of it (plus $40 on tickets) to see these chicks in their awful movies?!
      America IS getting dumber...

      July 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Dave

    Angie I can understand, but Sarah Horseface Parker? Good Lord, she's the Cheez Whiz of acting.

    July 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Snarky

    My god SJP has a nasty horse face. I think it's starting to infect Jolie as I'm starting to see some horse like qualities in that mug too.

    July 6, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Stable Called (@ Snarky)

      It's not that her face resembles that of a horse... she IS a horse. Thought everyone knew this!!!

      July 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruz

      Horses association can sue you for this.

      July 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • just sayin'

      well, luckily for you neither of these ladies will give you the time of day, except maybe angelina jolie because she's a humanitarian and might feel sorry you. but i wouldn't bet on it.

      July 6, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ just sayin'

      I think a lot of us would agree that them not giving us the time of day is the BEST thing they can do. Besides, what did they say about looking a gift horse in the mouth?

      July 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth Hurts

      Who really cares if they pay attention to us or not? They're celebrities, for goodness sake. Why should any of our lives be dependent on Hollywood stars let alone washed up celebrities? If you think we honestly care if a celebrity notices us or not, then you obviously need some mental therapy. Perhaps you need to share some Quaker Oats with Sarah Jessica Parker. Or you could jump off a bridge or OD on drugs... your choice.

      July 6, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Reilleyfam

    None of these have any talent at all. I think Casey Anthony deserves money more than these losers. SJP, Jennifer Aniston – these are our best actresses? How sad.

    July 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aubrie


      July 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood Jablome

      Yes, she deserves money for being a better actress.

      July 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denizen Kate

      The article said nothing about "best," just "highest paid." Not the same thing at all.

      July 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Frank_from_Deeeetroit

    Angelina needs to eat a couple of cheeseburgers, Sarah has a face like a horse.

    July 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jujubeans


      July 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      From Horse Face to Household Name – A Look Back at Sarah Jessica Parker's Incredible Career

      -Best Onion headline every

      July 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • bgal

      I agree with the Jolie too skinny statement. But horse face? She can't help it she was born with a larger nose and longer face. But she's a good person and not a terrible actress at all. I'm sure you're a real beauty Frank.

      July 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  50. huh?

    funny. neither of them can act.

    July 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |


    July 6, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |

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