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Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Take That To the Bank

For the longest time, pulling in the millions was something only male stars did, but now making mega-bucks isn't just a boys club. Meet Hollywood's million dollar ladies.

Julia Roberts was Hollywood's first $20 million woman. And even now, as the Oscar winner takes home $25 million a film, she's still uncomfortable talking about her soaring salary.

"Breaking down a barrier for salaries for women wasn't something that even occurred to me," Roberts admitted. "I remember once being on a movie set where some of the boys in the movie asked me how much I weighed and how much I was getting paid. Then they found out how much I was worth pound for pound, which I thought really put it in a good perspective."

And Julia's not the only leading lady cashing in. Entertainment Weekly's Ari Karpel told us that Cameron Diaz made $20 million for "Charlie's Angles: Full Throttle."

And Karpel revealed that franchises like "Bridgette Jones's Diary" and "Legally Blonde" have put their stars in the $15 million club: "Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger and Cameron Diaz are all in franchise movies that have sequels that guarantee significant box office year after year."

Nicole Kidman also banked $15 million for starring in "The Stepford Wives." And although Kidman hasn't earned as much as Roberts or Diaz, there is no denying her star power. "She's the most in-demand and therefore the most powerful," Karpel noted.

Halle Berry, Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock and Angelina Jolie also claim more than $10 million a picture, but the undisputed queen of the media mavens is Oprah Winfrey. Her bank is full with more than $1 billion.

It looks like these talented women are finally getting what they deserve, and their bank accounts prove it.

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