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Hollywood's most bankable actresses

Last updated on: October 6, 2009 14:46 IST

Hollywood's most bankable actresses

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British-born actress Naomi Watts has been named by Forbes magazine as the Hollywood actress who gives the best return on the money she is paid.

The 41-year-old star's last three films made 44 dollars for every 1 dollar she was paid to appear.

To make the list, the esteemed magazine analyzed the salaries and box office returns of the top 100 female stars in Hollywood.

The worldwide success of King Kong in 2005, and last year's well-received The International, helped Watts to beat actresses who receive fatter cheques such as Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie.

The amount the films made was then compared to the amount of money the actress cost to give a "return on investment" (ROI), reports The Telegraph.


Image: Naomi Watts
Photographs: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
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Jennifer Connelly

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Jennifer Connelly was the second most bankable actress, as for every dollar she earned her films took in 41 dollars.


Image: Jennifer Connelly
Photographs: Jim Ruymen/Reuters
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Rachel McAdams

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Canadian actress Rachel McAdams was third earning 30 dollars for every 1 dollar she was paid to appear.


Image: Rachel McAdams
Photographs: Fred Prouser/Reuters
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Natalie Portman

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Trailing behind McAdams is Natalie Portman whose ROI is 44 dollars.


Image: Natalie Portman
Photographs: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
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Meryl Streep

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Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep raked in the moolah with an ROI of 27 dollars.


Image: Meryl Streep
Photographs: Fred Prouser/Reuters
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Jennifer Aniston

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Un-lucky in love Jennifer Aniston is not so unlucky when it comes to money. The Friends' star ROI is 26 dollars.


Image: Jennifer Aniston
Photographs: Fred Prouser/Reuters
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Halle Berry

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Halle Berry has got both the looks and the moolah. She rakes in 23 dollars for her efforts.


Image: Halle Berry
Photographs: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
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Cate Blanchett

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Playing a queen does become Cate Blanchett whose ROI stands at 23 dollars.


Image: Cate Blanchett
Photographs: Anthony Harvey/Reuters
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Anne Hathaway

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Anne Hathaway sure has come a long way since her Princess Diaries days. An ROI of 23 and an Oscar nomination for Rachel Getting Married is just the tip of the iceberg for this talented actress.


Image: Anne Hathaway
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
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Hilary Swank

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The enormously talented Hilary Swank wraps up the top 10 with an ROI of 23 dollars.


Image: Hilary Swank
Photographs: Christian Hartmann/Reuters
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Source: ANI