No Blacks Make Forbes Highest-Paid Actresses ListPublished by Clay Cane on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 12:00 am.
Forbes released their list of the highest-paid actresses from June 2009 to June 2010. There was a lil’ something missing in the top 10 — some color. No Kerry Washington, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, or even Zoe Saldana. One would think times are getting easier for Black women in Hollywood, but in 2010 women of color are still competing for financial respect in the same ways Hattie McDaniel and Dorothy Dandridge had to back in the day.
I give a big congratulations to the ladies who are the highest paid, but I can’t ignore the fact that many of these actresses haven’t had a hit movie in years — by no fault of their own, but still grossing $27 million. Jennifer Aniston ranks number 4 on the list but has made critical and box office flops for years (2009’s Love Happens and 2010’s The Bounty Hunter are great examples).
Reese Witherspoon didn’t even release a film in 2010. She lent her voice to 2009’s Monsters vs. Aliens, but her last “hit” movie was 2005’s Walk The Line. Sarah Jessica Parker, I love her dearly, nonetheless, outside of Sex and the City, her films have consistently flopped. Even Sex and the City 2 was a box office disappointment (debuting at number 4 opening weekend) — not reaching anywhere near the box office numbers it expected.
There is Cameron Diaz, whose father is Cuban, however, some would argue that she is perceived as White despite her Latin heritage. She recently said to Playboy, “Where I grew up all the Diazes had brown hair, brown skin and brown eyes, so there was a bit of ‘You’re not a Latina.’ I do identify with my culture. My dad’s first language was Spanish, but he didn’t teach it to us because he was made fun of growing up and didn’t want that to happen to my sister and me. He regretted that choice later.”
This is not to blame the actresses on the list — they are trying to make a dollar like everyone else. However, the fact that these actresses can have consistent flops for years and the powers that be in Hollywood will pay them more than a Zoe Saldana (she has eight films to her credit in 2009 and 2010!) and pay them more than women who are having bigger hit movies and working more frequently… wow!
Check out the list below.
1. Sandra Bullock: $56 million
2. Reese Witherspoon: $32 million
3. Cameron Diaz: $32 million
4. Jennifer Aniston: $27 million
5. Sarah Jessica Parker: $25 million
6. Julia Roberts: $20 million
7. Angelina Jolie: $20 million
8. Drew Barrymore: $15 million
9. Meryl Streep: $13 million
10. Kristen Stewart: $12 million