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Emma Stone tops Forbes’ list of highest-paid actresses

Emma Stone earned an estimated $26 million

Emma Stone earned an estimated $26 million from June 2016 to June 2017, according to Forbes magazine. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Frederick M. Brown

After a year off the list and last ranking No. 16 in 2015, Emma Stone reigns atop Forbes magazine’s 2017 list of highest-paid actresses.

The 28-year-old “La La Land” Oscar-winner earned an estimated $26 million in the period surveyed: June 1, 2016, to June 1, 2017. Stone made her movie debut in “Superbad” (2007) and has played high-profile roles in such films as “Zombieland” (2009), “The Help” (2011), “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” (2014), Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man” (2015) and the Cameron Crowe flop “Aloha” (2015). She next plays Billie Jean King opposite Steve Carell’s Bobby Riggs in the sports docudrama “Battle of the Sexes,” opening Sept. 22.

Last year’s top placer, fellow Academy Award-winner Jennifer Lawrence, who turned 27 on Tuesday, dropped to No. 3 with an estimated $24 million, down from her $46 million in 2016. While the current period included only a single movie, “Passengers,” and no “Hunger Games” or “X-Men” franchise films, Lawrence received money for the upcoming “Mother!” and “Red Sparrow” plus a contract with the fashion house Dior.

Jennifer Aniston, 48, rose two spots to No. 2, earning an estimated $25.5 million, less from the comedy “Office Christmas Party” and the upcoming drama “The Yellow Birds” than from endorsements for Emirates airlines, Smartwater and Aveeno. Forbes noted that she was part-owner of the hair-care line Living Proof, which was sold to Unilever in December.

New this year, besides Stone, are Emma Watson (“Beauty and the Beast”), 27, tied with Charlize Theron (“The Last Face”), / 42, at No. 6, with $14 million, and Cate Blanchett (“Song to Song”) 48, tied with Julia Roberts (“Money Monster”), 49, at No. 8, with $12 million.

Forbes derives these figures based on data from Nielsen, ComScore, Box Office Mojo and IMDB and from speaking with industry professionals, estimating pretax gross income from acting, endorsements and other sources.

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