Tina Fey, Eva Longoria Are TV’s Richest Actresses

The actresses top the ‘Forbes’ list, each earning $13 million.

By Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

There’s not much to be desperate about if you’re playing a TV housewife these days.

Come to think of it, it also pays to play a late-night comedy producer, a police detective, a forensic specialist, a lawyer, a surgeon or a cougar.

Forbes’s annual list of TV’s highest-paid actresses includes four Desperate Housewives, with Eva Longoria raking in the most bucks—$13 million to be exact—along with 30 Rock’s Tina Fey.

Fellow Housewife Marcia Cross, Law & Order: SVU’s Mariska Hargitay and CSI’s Marg Helgenberger each earned $10 million between May 2010 and May 2011, according to the magazine, while Wisteria Lane’s Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffman each made $9 million. At $7 million: Cougar Town’s Courteney Cox and Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo. And The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies, everyone’s favorite jilted politician’s wife, nabbed $6 million.

With this being the last season of Housewives, next year’s list is sure to see some new blood. Although the idea of Liz Lemon and Gabrielle Solis livin’ it up Odd Couple style? We hear spin-off.

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First Published September 30, 2011

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