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Nicole Kidman Tops Annual Actress Salary List

Reese Witherspoon Comes in at No. 2

By (BI) Susanna Daniel

LOS ANGELES -- The Hollywood Reporter released its fifth annual list of the 10 highest-paid actresses on HollywoodReporter.com, ahead of its 15th annual Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue being released on Dec. 5.

Risk-taking has paid off in 2006 for Nicole Kidman, who nabbed a career best salary for Warner Bros. Pictures' planned August release "The Invasion" after a string of daring choices. Kidman takes over the top spot bringing in $16 million - $17 million per film. Reese Witherspoon, on the heels of her Oscar win for "Walk the Line," moves up to No. 2, followed by Renee Zellweger, both earning $15 million per picture.

This year, Kirsten Dunst makes her first appearance on the list commanding $8 million - $10 million per film while Halle Berry, after falling off last year, rejoins the group at No. 6.

Julia Roberts, who has topped the list since its inception, is not included this year because she did not star in a live-action film released in 2006.

The complete 2006 list is as follows:

1. Nicole Kidman $16 million - $17 million
2. Reese Witherspoon $15 million
3. Renee Zellweger $15 million
4. Drew Barrymore $15 million
5. Cameron Diaz $15 million
6. Halle Berry $14 million
7. Charlize Theron $10 million
8. Angelina Jolie $10 million
9. Kirsten Dunst $8 million - $10 million
10. Jennifer Aniston $8 million

2005
1. Julia Roberts $20 million
2. Nicole Kidman $16 million - $17 million
3. Reese Witherspoon $15 million
4. Drew Barrymore $15 million
5. Renee Zellweger $10 million - $15 million
6. Angelina Jolie $10 million - $15 million
7. Cameron Diaz $10 million - $15 million
8. Jodie Foster $10 million - $12 million
9. Charlize Theron $10 million
10. Jennifer Aniston $9 million

2004
1. Julia Roberts $20 million
2. Cameron Diaz $20 million
3. Nicole Kidman $15 million
4. Reese Witherspoon $15 million
5. Drew Barrymore $15 million
6. Halle Berry $14 million
7. Sandra Bullock $12 million - $15 million
8. Angelina Jolie $12 million - $15 million
9. Renee Zellweger $12 million
10. Jennifer Lopez $12 million

2003
1. Julia Roberts $20 million
2. Cameron Diaz $20 million
3. Nicole Kidman $15 million
4. Reese Witherspoon $15 million
5. Drew Barrymore $15 million
6. Halle Berry $14 million
7. Sandra Bullock $12 million - $15 million
8. Angelina Jolie $12 million - $15 million
9. Jennifer Lopez $12 million
10. Renee Zellweger $10 million - $12 million

2002
1. Julia Roberts $20 million
2. Cameron Diaz $20 million
3. Drew Barrymore $15 million
4. Jodie Foster $15 million
5. Reese Witherspoon $15 million
6. Sandra Bullock $12 million - $15 million
7. Angelina Jolie $12 million - $15 million
8. Nicole Kidman $12 million - $15 million
9. Jennifer Lopez $12 million
10. Renee Zellweger $10 million

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