Hollywood has produced great actresses whose name itself ensures success at the box office. Many blockbuster films that were acclaimed for bringing in huge revenues give credit to these super-actresses for their success. Along with fame and commercial success, these actresses like Angelina Jolie, Demi Moore and others have been able to demand a price that matches or supersedes their male counterparts.
The richest of all Hollywood actresses was Dina Merrill whose net worth exceeded $5 billion. However, her wealth also came from her being the heir to a top consumer product company. She passed away in May 2017. Her demise left a big gap in the topmost position in the rich list of actresses. Here is a count-down to the top 10 wealthiest actresses in the world in 2020
#10. Demi Moore
Net Worth: $150 million
Demi Moore was born on November 11, 1962, and started working at the age of 16 after dropping out of High School. In 1981 she appeared in the men’s magazine Oui and also made her debut in films. She was seen on the television series General Hospital. But it was only in 1984 with her movie Blame it On Rio, that she received recognition. Next year she was seen in St. Elmo’s Fire. In 1986, she achieved stardom with About Last Night.
She has starred in many high-grossing films in the 1990’s like Ghost, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination; A Few Good Men, Indecent Proposal and many more. She has been voted as the most beautiful woman several times. She appeared in the nude when she was pregnant, for a magazine cover that made news headlines. She was also the highest paid actress at one time, with $12.5 million paid to her for Striptease in 1996.
After G.I. Jane in 1997 she took a break and later in 2003 appeared in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Bobby in 2006. She was earlier married to Bruce Willis and later to Ashton Kutcher.
#9. Miley Cyrus
Net Worth: $165 million
Miley Cyrus was born on November 23, 1992, and her real name is Destiny Hope Cyrus. She started working as a child artiste in the television series Doc and the film Big Fish. Later she became famous as a teen idol when she starred as Miley Stewart on the television series Hannah Montana in 2006. The series ran for four seasons and her father Billy Ray Cyrus also starred in the series.
Miley Cyrus has three of her albums listed as number-one albums on the US Billboard 200 List; from 2997 with Meet Miley Cyrus, and later she had Breakout and Bangerz She also has her numbers debuting on the top five in the US, such as The Time of Our Lives, Can’t Be Tamed and Younger Now. She also released her album Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz for free online streaming in 201. She has also got nine top-ten entries on the US Billboard Hot 100 List.
Miley Cyrus debuted in films in 2008, as a voice actress in the animated film Bolt. Then in 2009, she starred in the feature films Hannah Montana: The Movie and later in the film The Last Song. She has won several awards and nominations and has featured on the Time 100 list of most influential people in 2008 and 2014. She is an animal rights advocate and has become a vegan.
#8. Julia Roberts
Net Worth: $170 million
Julia Roberts was born October 28, 1967. She became the most popular Hollywood actress in 1990 after her romantic film with Richard Gere; Pretty Woman became a worldwide success. She won a Golden Globe award for her performance. She made her television debut in 1987 with the series Crime Story and also worked in several other projects.
Ten years later, in 2000 she played the lead role in Erin Brockovich for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She has been nominated four times for Academy Awards and eight times for Golden Globe awards. She is considered as one of the most successful Hollywood actresses with her films amassing huge success at the box office. Some of these are Mystic Pizza, Steel Magnolias, Sleeping with the Enemy, The Pelican Brief, Hook, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Runaway Bride, Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and many more.
She was also appreciated in Eat Pray Love and more recently in 2017 in Wonder. Her latest film due for release in 2018 is ‘Ben Is Back’. During the 1990’s she was the highest-paid actress in the world, and she received $25 million for Mona Lisa Smile released in 2003. She has been voted the World’s most beautiful woman several years in a row.
#7. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Net worth: $200 million
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born as Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus on January 13, 1961. Her father Gérard Louis-Dreyfus was a billionaire businessman, but her parents divorced soon after. She is a well-known actress, comedian, and producer. She has received the highest number of wards in television history which includes 11 Emmy awards and 9 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Some of her best-known TV comedy series are Saturday Night Live, which ran from 1982 to 1985; Seinfeld from 1989–1998 and The New Adventures of Old Christine, which was telecast from 2006 to 2010. Her current, much-acclaimed show Veep which started in 2012 is still going strong.
She made TV debut with the show Saturday Night Live which ran from 1982 to 1985. Next came her much-acclaimed role as Elaine Benes in Seinfeld, which ran from 1989 to 1998. Her recent much-acclaimed show Veep which started in 2012 has brought her major accolades. HBO has renewed her contract for the role of Selina Meyers, for the seventh and final season. Her most recent achievement is the announcement made in May 2018, that she will receive America’s highest comedy honor, the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
She made her movie debut in 1986 with Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters. She has also worked in films like Deconstructing Harry, Enough Said and many more.; and has given her voice in A Bug’s Life and Planes. In 2010, she got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Brad Hall, whom she met while in college; and their two children.
#6. Jennifer Aniston
Net Worth: $200 million
Jennifer Aniston was born on February 11, 1969. She is a successful actress, producer, and businesswoman. Both her parents were actors. According to Forbes, in May 2017, Aniston’s net worth was $200 million. She attained worldwide fame with her role of Rachel Green in the hugely popular TV series Friends. It is a most successful sitcom that ran for ten seasons from 1994 to 2004. It fetched Jennifer a Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe and many more awards. In American television, it became one of the greatest female characters.
She has worked in several highly successful box-office movies such as Bruce Almighty, The Break-Up, Marley & Me, Just Go With It, Horrible Bosses, Friends with Money, The Good Girl and many more. She also founded her production company Echo Films.
She has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has also been voted as the world’s most beautiful women. She married Brad Pitt, and after her divorce, she remarried again to Justin Theroux. Her latest movie Murder mystery is slated for release in 2020.
#5. Angelina Jolie
Net Worth: $200 million
Angelina Jolie was born on June 4, 1975; and besides being a successful actress, she is also a filmmaker and humanitarian. She has been called Hollywood’s highest paid actress. She has won Academy award, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes Awards, besides several other honors. She made her debut at the age of 7 as a child actor with her father Jon Voight, in 1982 movie Lookin’ to Get Out. In 1993 she began her acting career with the film Cyborg 2. Later she worked in Hackers, TV films George Wallace and Gia; and in ‘Girl, Interrupted’.
She became a successful star with Bone Collector and Gone in 60 seconds. However, she touched fame with Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in 2001. In 2003 she starred in the next Lara Croft Film, The Cradle of Life. Subsequently, she worked in several successful films like Alexander, Mr and Mrs Smith, Wanted, A Mighty Heart and Changeling. Her movies Salt and Maleficent were a big commercial success.
She has also given her voice to films like Shark Tale and all Kung Fu Panda films. She has also made and collaborated to make movies like Land of Blood and Honey, Unbroken, By the Sea, and First They Killed My Father, among more to come.
She is also known for her humanitarian efforts and has received numerous awards. She was also an envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She has been called the most influential and powerful women people in the American entertainment; as well as the world’s most beautiful woman. In 2016, she separated from her husband Brad Pitt, with whom she has six children, three of whom are adopted.
#4. Victoria Principal
Net Worth: $210 million
Victoria Principal is not just an actress but an equally successful entrepreneur and author. She was born on January 3, 1950. She is best known for her role as Pamela Barnes Ewing on television series Dallas. This soap opera ran from 1978 to 1991 during which she had been nominated twice for Golden Globe Award.
Victoria Principal made her debut with a TV commercial at the age of five. After graduation, she wanted to study medicine, but a road accident in which she took months to recover, made her change her plans. She moved to Hollywood in 1970, and in 1972 The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean were released in which acted opposite Paul Newman. She won a Golden Globe nomination. Later in 1973, she appeared in the movie The Naked Ape for which she even appeared in the nude in Playboy magazine.
She also started her own TV film production company, Victoria Principal Productions. In 1989, she created a line of skincare products, Principal Secret which brings in about $1 billion in sales revenues. She also wrote books on beauty, skincare and health – The Body Principal, The Beauty Principal, The Diet Principal and Living Principal.
#3. Sandra Bullock
Net Worth: $220 million
Sandra Bullock is the popular American actress who shot to fame with the 1994 blockbuster hit Speed which also starred Keanu Reeves. Before that, she also appeared in Sylvester Stallone film The Demotion Man. She was born on July 26, 1964, and made her acting debut in the 1987 thriller Hangmen. She then appeared in TV film, Bionic Showdown, and the Bionic Woman. But it was not until Demolition Man that she could claim success.
Subsequent to Speed, she starred in several films like While You Were Sleeping, The Net, A Time to Kill, Practical Magic and Hope Floats. Her more successful films later, were Miss Congeniality, Two Weeks Notice, Crash, The Proposal, The Heat, and Gravity. One of her recent success was the movie that was released this year – Ocean’s 8.
She has won the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award besides several nominations. She has been one of the highest paid actresses and also declared as the Most Beautiful Woman. She has her own production company Fortis Films and has produced and starred in some of the films.
#2. Jessica Alba
Net Worth: $350 million
Jessica Alba is one of the most famous American actress and businesswoman. She was born on April 28, 1981, and made her debut when she was 13 in 1994 with Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack. She got fame at the age of 19 when she played the lead actress role in the TV series Dark Angel which ran from 2000 to 2002. This gave her a nomination for the Golden Globe.
She later appeared in several blockbuster films like Honey, Sin City, Fantastic Four, Into the Blue, Fantastic Four’s Rise of the Silver Surfer and many more like Machete, Machete Kills and t Mechanic Resurrection. Jessica Alba has won several awards including the Choice Actress Teen Choice Award and Saturn Award for Best Actress.
She is also a successful businesswoman and is a co-founder of The Honest Company, a consumer goods company dealing with baby care, personal and household products.
#1. Jami Gertz
Net Worth: $2 billion
Jami Gertz is a well-known actress, producer and philanthropist. Born on October 28, 1965, she is well-remembered for her roles in television. She started her career in 1981 with the film On the Right Track and Endless Love. She has worked several successful TV series including Square Pegs. She has also worked in the hugely popular TV series Ally McBeal.
She is still remembered for her 1996 movie Twister. The latest movie she featured in, was Dealing with idiots in 2013, and her last television series were, This is Us in 2016, and Difficult People in 2017
She and her husband Antony Ressler, whom she married in 1988; are part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. She resides with her family in Beverly Park and also have a home in Malibu, California.
The actresses featured above have broken the glass ceiling in terms of remuneration and have displayed that woman-power is here to stay. The difference in terms of wealth between the genders is diminishing. The list serves as an inspiring reminder to the upcoming stars and actresses in Hollywood. In case you feel there has been an omission or you wish to add your views, you can post your opinion in the comments section.
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