She’s Coined Up! Kerry Washington One of TV’s Highest Paid Actresses

September 5, 2013  |  

For the first time since the inception of Forbes‘ “Highest-Paid TV Actress” list two years ago an African-American woman has landed a position on the coveted roster. Along with the Kardashians and Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington joins the ranks of coined-up women who are doing their thang on television, The Huffington Post reports.

She landed in last place on the list, but Washington raked in $3 million for her fabulous work as Olivia Pope on Scandal, Forbes said:

Look for Washington to mount this list in 2014: in addition to a salary increase she’ll begin to enjoy earnings off of a unique (and early) syndication deal: starting this fall each episode of Scandal is expected to air on BET no earlier than eight days after its original broadcast.

It was Sofia Vergara, known for her sassy Latina presence on Modern Family,who scraped up the most cash collecting a whopping $30 million salary due to her endorsement deals with Pepsi, K-Mart, and CoverGirl. Since about two-thirds of Vergara’s earnings stem from sponsorships, if Washington could score a few more endorsement deals, she, too, could land within the top five spots on the list. She’s currently one of the faces of Movado.

The Kardashian clan landed 16 spots higher than Kerry Washington sitting with $10 million (each) at No.4. It’s clear that a higher influx of cash doesn’t translate to who is more talented. (Yes, shade.) “Keeping Up With the Kardashians continues to be a ratings win for E! while clothing lines at Sears and QVC aren’t showing any sign of slowing down,” Forbes added.

More reserved and less open than the Kardashians, Washington stuns as she graces October’s issue of Glamour. In the magazine, she explains why she feels no obligation to tell her business to the public.”I have girlfriends in this business, who talk about their personal lives, and it works for them, and I love it. But not for me,” she said according to The Daily News.

Rich Terrell, a Twitter user, described Kerry Washington’s rising success the best: “U killin’ the game right noww:: hit show, movies, mag covers, brains, inner/outer beauty.. #Blessed

Collectively, all 20 actresses on the list made $183 million between June 2012 and June 2013.

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