Witherspoon Rises to Top of Salary List

America's latest sweetheart commands up to $20M per movie
By John Lister,  Newser User
Posted Nov 30, 2007 3:00 PM CST
US actress Cameron Diaz reacts to photographers at the London premier of their animated film ' Shrek the Third' in London Monday June, 11, 2007. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) Rendition was a dud, but Reese Witherspoon's peachy $15 million to $20 million fee per movie puts her atop this year’s highest-paid actress list. But she and other leading ladies—such as runner-up Angeline Jolie—often accept lower payoffs to keep their schedules packed, the Hollywood Reporter observes.

Jolie accepted $8 million for her work on Beowulf because it was quick to film. Cameron Diaz is the only other woman asking a minimum $15 million, while Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Sandra Bullock, and Julia Roberts fetch a mere $10 million to $15 million. Drew Barrymore, Jodie Foster, and Halle Berry round out the top 10. (Read more Hollywood stories.)