Money in the bag: Meet Hollywood’s highest paid TV actresses

By Wilfred Okiche

Forbes magazine has released it’s annual list of the highest paid women on TV. From the women of Wisteria lane to those at the crime scene units, these lovelies are smiling all the way to the bank.

Tina Fey and Eva Longoria; $13million –Tying for number one, the duo of Eva and Tina lead the pack. While Tina is the head writer, producer and star of sitcom “30 Rock”, the bulk of Longoria’s paycheck comes from lucrative endorsement deals with LG and L’oreal. Oh! and starring as Gabrielle on the hit ABC series “Desperate Housewives”.

Marcia Cross, Mariska Hargitay and Marg Helgenberger $10million –She may play uptight on TV’s “Desperate Housewives”, but Marcia Cross proves she is no pushover when it comes to making money.

Hargitay’s “Law &Order:SVU’’pulls in an average 53million viewers per week while  Marg Helgenberger has earned her dues after 11years on the original CSI series, in which time she has outlasted 3 leading men.

Felicty Huffman and Teri Hatcher  $9million – In case you have not noticed, the women of “Desperate Housewives” dominate this list and even though the show is currently in it’s final season, the ladies are more bankable than ever.

Estimates are from May 2010 to May 2011 and include gross earnings only.

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