Sofia Vergara tops Forbes 2014 list of highest-paid TV actresses

Actress Sofia Vergara at the Emmy Awards on Actress Sofia Vergara at the Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Valerie Macon

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It's a three-peat for Sofia Vergara, as the "Modern Family" star tops the Forbes magazine list of highest-paid TV actresses for a third consecutive year.

Vergara's $37 million dwarfs the earnings of TV's highest-paid actor this year, $26 million man Ashton Kutcher. Though she is paid a reported $325,000 per episode in her five-time Emmy Award-winning ABC comedy, less than some stars of other hit sitcoms, the bulk of her earnings comes from endorsements and licensing deals with the likes of Diet Pepsi, CoverGirl, Head & Shoulders, AT&T and the medication Synthroid, Forbes said.

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Coming in at No. 2 for a second year in a row, though last year it was in a tie, is "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" star Mariska Hargitay with $13 million. Last year's fellow runner-up, "The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, falls to No. 3 with $11 million, her same earnings as last year. Julianna Margulies, Ellen Pompeo and Cobie Smulders tied for fourth place, with $10 million each.

Like all these actresses, the vast bulk of the remainder are repeat performers, although this year's list is composed of 14 rather than 20 actresses.

The list used research from Forbes' annual "Celebrity 100," which measured entertainment-related earnings between June 1, 2013, and June 1, 2014, using databases and through conversations with managers, producers, lawyers and others.

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