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Do you think you know who the highest paid actresses of 2017 were? You may be surprised. Between June 1st, 2016 and June 1st, 2017 the actresses’ incomes were tracked by Forbes. The following are the top five highest grossing actresses of the past year.


Emma Stone was 2017’s highest-paid actress, raking in $26 million pretax. Most of this revenue came from the hit, La La Land, a musical romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle. It stars Ryan Gosling as a jazz pianist and Stone as an aspiring actress, who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles while pursuing their dreams.


Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer amassed $25.5 million in 2017.  The veteran actress made smart decisions with her money, holding a stake in luxury haircare line Living Proof, quietly accruing revenue from the syndicated tv show Friends, and endorsing lines like Aveeno and Smartwater. Jennifer Aniston comes in as the second highest paid actress of 2017.


Jennifer Lawrence went from number one to number three on the list in 2017, but don’t worry, she still cashed in $24 million. Without a Hunger Games movie, most of Lawrence’s paychecks came from forthcoming Darren Aronofsky thriller Mother! and Red Sparrow. Her longstanding Dior endorsement pays about $5 million dollars a year as well.


Melissa McCarthy at $18 million, Melissa McCarthy came in number four on the list of highest-paid actresses. While her tv show, Mike and Molly, is not still on the air, she earned an eight-figure fee, upfront, to star in the Ghostbusters remake. Look forward to her upcoming film, Life of the Party, for which she is already cashing checks!


Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis was the fifth highest paid actress in 2017, bringing in $15.5 million. Following the success of Bad Moms, where she plays a hard-working mom pushed beyond her limits, eventually ditching her conventional responsibilities for a jolt of long overdue freedom and fun, Mila Kunis is a hot commodity in Hollywood. Kunis also cashes in with advertisements for Gemfields jewelry and Jim Beam whiskey while retaining her long-standing gig as the voice of Meg in Family Guy, making around $200,000 an episode. She certainly had a very busy, but very lucrative 2017.


Emma Stone, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy and Mila Kunis proved that 2017 was a very lucrative year for actresses.