There’s Only One Black Entertainer On 2020’s Highest Paid Actresses List
Photo Credit: LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: (L-R) Actresses Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Viola Davis attend the 43rd NAACP Image Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on February 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)
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There’s Only One Black Entertainer On 2020’s Highest Paid Actresses List

Viola Davis is the only Black actress to make Forbes’ list of 2020’s highest-paid actresses. The top of the list went to Sofia Vergara, who earned $43 million.

Among the top 10 actresses on the list included Angelina Jolie ($35.5 million), Gal Gadot ($31.5 million), Melissa McCarthy ($25 million), Meryl Streep ($24 million), Emily Blunt ($22.5 million), Nicole Kidman ($22 million), Ellen Pompeo ($19 million), Elisabeth Moss ($16 million) and Davis ($15.5 million).

While Forbes acknowledges that this is the first time Davis has made the Forbes list thanks to her high payouts for How to Get Away With Murder and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the pay disparity is still in effect for Black actresses trying to compete with their peers.

Also something to take into account is that Forbes is counting Vergara’s non-acting paychecks as well, such as her furniture collection at Rooms To Go and her apparel line at Walmart.


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