Despite the Hollywood pay gap, these 20 queens of the big screen are still raking in million-dollar contracts – and they’re putting the “business” into “show business” as well. By combining a flair for the dramatic with an enterprising eye, they’ve cleverly built upon their huge fan following to negotiate mega-buck endorsement deals and launch their own lucrative consumer lines. Here are the blockbuster beauties that know how to bank the greenbacks…
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20. Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer has banked quite a bit throughout her career, to say the least. Her $80 million fortune comes from a successful run of high-profile movie roles, including a slinky spin as Catwoman in Batman Returns. In 2000, meanwhile, Pfeiffer consolidated her standing as a bona fide leading lady when she received a $10.5 million paycheck for the thriller What Lies Beneath.