Angelina Jolie named biggest earning Hollywood actress

Even a three-year hiatus from acting, combined with personal health issues, have not stopped Jolie from outgunning Jennifer Lawrence and Kristin Stewart

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She’s been absent from the big screen since 2010’s The Tourist, but Angelina Jolie’s work off-screen, and the promise of a 2014 summer blockbuster, have led her to be named top paid Hollywood actress of the last 12 months.

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Jolie has been busy writing and directing her own film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, about the Bosnian war, and filming her next project Maleficent. The retelling of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty will be out next summer and has contributed to her total earnings of $33 million between June 2012 and June 2013. All this while dealing with health issues which resulted in her decision to undergo a preventative double mastectomy. 

Coming in second in the annual list by US business magazine Forbes is Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook darling Jennifer Lawrence, whose work for the Hunger Games franchise and X-Men series has boosted her annual earnings to $26 million. 

Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame, famous Friend Jennifer Aniston and girlfriend to the Amazing Spider-Man Emma Stone round out the top five.

Top 10 highest paid actresses 

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  1. Angelina Jolie $33 million
  2. Jennifer Lawrence $26 million
  3. Kristen Stewart $22 million
  4. Jennifer Aniston $20 million
  5. Emma Stone $16 million
  6. Charlize Theron $15 million
  7. Sandra Bullock $14 million
  8. Natalie Portman $14 million
  9. Mila Kunis $11 million
  10. Julia Roberts $11 million