Sofia Vergara tops Forbes highest paid U.S. TV actresses

NEW YORK Wed Jul 18, 2012 11:46am EDT

Actress Sofia Vergara poses on the red carpet at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, April 28, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Actress Sofia Vergara poses on the red carpet at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, April 28, 2012.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Modern Family" actress Sofia Vergara edged out Kim Kardashian as the highest-earning woman in U.S. television, taking in $19 million for the past 12 months on a list released by Forbes.com on Wednesday.

The Colombian-born Vergara took the No. 1 spot thanks to her Emmy Award-winning role on the ABC sitcom, a clothing line, endorsement deals and her partnership role in Latin World Entertainment, an entertainment company that Forbes said "was poised to become a new media powerhouse."

The 40-year-old actress beat out Kim Kardashian, who came in second, earning an estimated $18 million from her reality TV series, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians", a clothing line, endorsement deals, a huge Twitter and media presence augmented by a recent romance with singer Kanye West, Forbes said.

Eva Longoria came in third with her role on the long-running show, "Desperate Housewives", which ended this year, endorsement deals and sales of a cookbook, two fragrances and a sprinkling of small movie roles, Forbes said.

Fellow "Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman also made the top ten, earning $9 million.

Comedian Tina Fey, creator and star of NBC comedy "30 Rock" was ranked at No. 6, earning an estimated $11 million.

To compile the list, Forbes considered upfront pay, residuals, endorsements and advertising work, without deducting agent fees or expenses related to being a celebrity.

The full list can be seen here

(Reporting By Christine Kearney; Editing by Kenneth Barry)

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Comments (3)
oldtimer78 wrote:
Let us hope that all these fabulously rich celebrities use some of their wealth to alleviate the suffering of Third World folk. Nobody actually needs such incomes, even after the Government has taken much away in taxes.

Jul 18, 2012 1:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dancin_gal720 wrote:
At least Sofia has talent unlike #2 on the list that got fame all because of a sex tape and greedy for fame family

Jul 18, 2012 2:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ps2os2 wrote:
Can someone tell me why the “K” person should get paid any money what so ever?
I feel dirty that she should get paid one red cent. She despoils the airways with her reality crap.

Jul 18, 2012 12:43am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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