Eva Longoria, Tina Fey named Top Female TV Earners by 'Forbes'


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What’s the opposite of blerg? Tina Fey won’t be dusting off that classic Liz Lemonism for a while because she was just named TV’s highest-paid actress by Forbes. Fey tied with Eva Longoria for the top spot, with each actress raking in $13 million between May 2010 and May 2011. Fey took the lead for her multitasking role as a star, producer, and head writer on 30 Rock, plus the earnings from her book Bossypants, which just sold its millionth copy. Longoria’s success came not only from her role on Desperate Housewives but also from lucrative endorsement deals with L’Oréal and LG.

Longoria was joined by fellow Housewives Marcia Cross (#3), and Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman, who tied for sixth place with $9 million apiece. Law & Order: SVU star Mariska Hargitay and soon-to-depart CSI regular Marg Helgenberger earned a healthy $10 million to tie Cross for third place. Rounding out the group, Cougar Town‘s Courteney Cox and Ellen Pompeo of Grey’s Anatomy both earned $7 million, and The Good Wife star Juliana Margulies took home $6 million last year.

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  • obama

    The rich get richer.

    • Boat Friend

      I hope to see Mindy Kaling on this list next year. She is an Exec. Producer on the Office and her book is coming out soon!

      • fancypants

        Yes, she’s hilarious. Kelly is, IMO, the funniest character on The Office and Kaling has written some of the best episodes.

      • Hollywood Plant

        Tina is gold!

      • michelle

        obama: No, numbskull. People who work hard get richer and people who waste their lives in the comments section of entertainment websites stay poor.

      • bill

        my bestfriend makes $77 an hóur on the cómputer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7,487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here CashHàrd.cóm

      • PDDB

        Mindy might have some more success because of her upcoming book being released but she’s a long way before she can beat the likes of Juliana Margulies and Courteney Cox. Almost all of the women on this list have lucrative and multiple endorsement deals. They’ve also been on tv far longer than Mindy and are much more recognizable. Most of the cast of The Office are executive producers, not just Mindy. She may not make the Top Female TV Performers’ List but I am sure Mindy isn’t starving.

      • PDDB

        “…Top Female TV Earners’s List”……

      • PDDB

        “…Top Female TV Earners’ List….”

        Sigh. It’s definitely Monday.

    • dee

      Oh grown up. Actors have ALWAYS been paid a lot in Hollywood.

    • O

      And the poor get poorer.

      • Celebs are greeeeeedy

        Greedy celebrities.

  • Kim

    Mariska is the only one deserving of that kind of money, based on her talent.

    • Dthor

      Couldn’t disagree more

    • lisa g.

      She’s not a good actress!

    • Lori


    • Liza

      TOTALLY agree about Mariska! One of the best out there!
      As for the headline of this article, huh? Tina Fey and Eva Longoria TIED,….Tina Fey (who is over-rated, in my opinion) isn’t up there alone.

  • Stacie

    Yay Tina Fey! I like that her earnings didn’t have to come from product endorsements. Riting and being createive is good now, ja?

    • Janitor

      Oh the irony of your emphasis on ‘Riting’!

      Still, good for Tina Fey though!

      • The Irony Police

        That’s not irony.

      • Ted

        You are always going to have that handful of people who are still upset at Fey for lampooning Sarah Palin. There is no balm for their hurt feelings (see Mr. Wallace below)

      • Lori

        I loved her Sarah Palin but that is comedy not acting. Be honest.

  • Kerry

    Really, Kim? I love Mariska, but Tina Fey works her butt off on 30 roc and wrote a book. She is hands down one of the funniest people around and deserves it.

    • Brian Wallace

      “One of the funniest people around?!?!?!” I’d hate to have your sense of humor. She’s not funny. She’s that “clever”, girl nerd who can’t get a data and has about two eggs left. Hey, I think one of your many cats needs fed.


      • Haha

        Can’t get a data? Do you mean date?

      • Not Moby

        Hmmm? I thought being clever was part of being funny.

      • d

        Obviously Kerry isn’t the only one who find Tina funny given that she’s number one on the list. You don’t like her, that’s fine, but relax.

      • TvTroz

        Can’t get a “data”? Nerds are very good with data… Oh, sorry, Brian, you misspelled “date”, I see… probably because you haven’t been in one for so long? :) Tina Fey is awesome. That is all

      • Kerry

        Well, as a “clever nerd girl” I’m glad to see a feloow “clever nerd girl” win. I’m a bit more concerned about your sense of humor if you did not laugh once while reading Bossypants or in Mean Girls.

      • lisa g.

        Ita w/ Brian!

      • UGH

        Tina Fey is NOT funny, people.

      • Brian is an idiot

        ‘One of your many cats needs fed’??

      • Lori

        I loved a couple of her skits on SNL. As for calling her an Actress?? Uh no. She is a comedian. That sounds right.

      • PL

        And since when did you win the Mark Twain Prize, the youngest recipient ever. Oh, that’s right. Mark Twain wasn’t funny.

      • Jan

        The Republicans still haven’t forgiven her for her dead-on impersonation.

      • Susan

        I don’t think 30 Rock is funny. But I did like Tina on SNL.

      • winnie

        Tina Fey has been married for many years and just gave birth to a baby about six weeks ago. So I don’t think she’s worried about dating or her ovaries. Why are you?

      • Lori

        She hasn’t really done much acting that is memorable. All anyone knows her for is the Sarah Palin gig. Other than that, I can remember her except for when she was at SNL doing the comedy news.

      • Esox

        It’s a Brent Spiner thing.

  • Prof

    30 Rock, The Desperate Housewives, The Good Wife, and Meredith Grey. I’m loving this list. Though I wouldn’t mind if the housewives took a slight pay cut because that show’s budget seems to get lower every year and the cast keeps getting smaller. The huge cast is what made it a hit in the first place.

    • Jackie

      ‘Desperate Housewives’ just began it’s final season, and there hasn’t been any news of the ladies from that show starting any new projects, so I’m sure their salaries will go way down.

  • Snooki

    About twice as many people watch Jersey Shore as watch 30 Rock. Therefore, Snooki should earn twice as much as Tina Fey!

    • David

      Fox News logic: Just because something is popular doesn’t equal quality

  • Tina rules

    You go, Girl!

    • Woot


      • fancypants

        lol! I love Mean Girls but I never get that reference in the context of the film. Was there a character in the movie w/ that name that I missed?

      • fancypants

        Ok I just watched the clip on youtube. But I think the funniest part of that scene is “And none for Gretchen Weiners, bye.”

  • Barry

    Make fun of a true American patriot & you get “rewarded” by the liberals of America.

    • zee

      aww poor bawwy…

      • bangers and mash

        LOL, zee!

        Yeah poor, poor Barry. How dare Tine poke fun of his wanking material.

        Hey Barry. Sex and Travel.

    • Jamie

      Who are you talking about? What true American Patriot did she make fun of?

      • Jeanne

        I imagine poor Barry is referring to Tina’s impression of True Patriot Sarah Palin.

      • Jamie

        @Jeanne Thank you. I actually feel stupid for not realizing that. What can I say, I guess quitting your job halfway through and having a reality show on TLC doesn’t make you a true Patriot on my book.

      • winnie

        I’d love to see her Audie Murphy skit!

    • Jan

      Your definition of patriot needs some work.

    • Barry

      Sounds like you enjoy banging the mashed potatoes.

    • Hudson

      being a patriot has nothing to do with your political affiliation. Republicans hijacking the word patriot notwithstanding.

  • Not Moby

    Yet sadly, Ashton Kutcher will still make more just for showing up on the most uncreative show on television.

    • Lori

      And soon to be the most unsuccessful show this year. I would like to get paid 25 million in a settlement with Lorre and WB, and 100 million in syndication rights into Charlie’s bank account. Charlie has won.

  • Captain Canuck

    What’s really crazy is Charlie Sheen is making more than any of them to NOT appear on a TV show. Tere is something serioulsy wrong with that.

    • Lori

      They need more Tiger Blood probably.

  • hoganbcmj

    Go Tina! I love you, girl. And don’t listen to the haters. You are HILARIOUS! xo


    How about an article about the top earners in general? Why just the ladies? What’s next top earning gays? Top earning non whites? Top earning lip syncers? Reality Stars? Glee cast members?

    • Maggie

      Shut up.

      • Lori

        Some peace. A little piece of whitey pie. A little piece of richy rich’s pie. A little piece of YOUR pie. Yeah, some peace you got there! scammer


    Imagine the power of the people if we weren’t being divided by BS politics? Ahah that’s exactly the point. The machine keeps us at eachother’s throats.

    • Jan

      Maggie already said it best: Shut up.

  • Kevin

    One’s a mexican ho, the other is just a ho Need to check the papers on the one I doubt she’s here legal

    • RSJ

      She still earned 13 million, how much did you earn.

      • Lori

        Charlie earned more than all of them combined not to work. So what?

    • bangers and mash

      That is some stellar grammar there, Cletus. Maybe you should back away from the sheep and enroll in some classes.

  • Mike

    13 million is a lot of money. But there are so many more men making much much more than that for just acting. Well I guess there’s Oprah.

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