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'Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence highest paid actress in Hollywood, earning $52 million
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Twenty-five-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, who plays heroine Katniss Everdeen in the "Hunger Games" sci-fi film series, is by far the best-paid actress currently working in film. Lawrence made $52 million before taxes in a 12-month period. The second highest paid actress on the list of the top 10, Scarlett Johansson, trails behind at $35.5 million.
Twenty-five-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, who plays heroine Katniss Everdeen in the "Hunger Games" sci-fi film series, is by far the best-paid actress currently working in film.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Only one non-American actress made the list, Chinese actress Bingbing Fan, who came in fourth. Earning $21 million, Fan is probably best known for her role in "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Melissa McCarthy, ranked third with $23 million, is the only other actress to earn over $20 million. "The Bridesmaids" star has proven she is as capable as holding a film in the center spot. "Spy" and "Tammy> grossed a combined $335 million worldwide. Challenging notions of body image, McCarthy is now turning to fashion, launching an all-sizes clothing line.
"I started to think if I could do anything to build women up rather than the constant tear down I'm going to do it," McCarthy says.
There remains an inequity among actors and actresses in the current "media-scape." The World's 18 Highest-Paid Actresses earned a combined $281 million before taxes and fees, which is $660 million less than the 34 World's Highest-Paid Actors, who banked a cumulative $941 million.
Only four actresses banked above $20 million, while 21 actors banked $20 million-plus.
The Hollywood pay gap has been well publicized. Wikileaks revealed that Lawrence and her female "American Hustle" costar received a lower cut of profits than their male counterparts did. The male actors in that film, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner received a nine percent cut of profits, while Lawrence and Amy Adams pocketed just seven percent.
Lawrence is an exception in male-dominated Hollywood: Lawrence's "Hunger Games" is one of few major movies with a woman as its main character. It is less common for women to get the sort of lead role, which would warrant the massive backend deals many male counterparts get.
And fame and fortune can be truly fickle: Last year's top-earning actress, Sandra Bullock, saw her payday drop to $8 million from $51 million after a quiet 12 months.
The current top ten of highest paid actresses are:
1. Jennifer Lawrence: $52 million
2. Scarlett Johansson: $35.5 million
3. Melissa McCarthy: $23 million
4. Fan Bingbing: $21 million
5. Jennifer Aniston: $16.5 million
6. Julia Roberts: $16 million
7. Angelina Jolie: $15 million
8. Reese Witherspoon $15 million
9. Anne Hathaway $12 million
10. Kristen Stewart $12 million
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