The A-list star secures the number-one spot despite taking medical time off

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
July 31, 2013 08:30 AM
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When it comes to earnings, Angelina Jolie is Hollywood’s queen.

Forbes has named Jolie, 38, the highest-earning actress from June 2012 to June 2013, even though she hasn’t starred in a major film in three years and took time off for her elective double mastectomy.

The magazine released its list of highest-paid actresses on Monday and credits Jolie’s star turn in the upcoming film Maleficent for helping her secure the top spot, with an impressive $33 million in overall entertainment-related earnings. (Forbes estimates she took home at least $15 million for the role.)

The Disney film, a retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty story from the perspective of the evil queen (played by Jolie), hits theaters next summer and marks her first return to a big-budget film since appearing alongside Johnny Depp in The Tourist in December 2010.

Jolie beat out recent Best Actress Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence for the top spot by a wide margin. Forbes estimates Lawrence took home about $26 million in the past year, but with plenty of room to grow: the next installment in The Hunger Games franchise is set for release in November.

Kristen Stewart came in third with $22 million, and is still cashing in on the Twilight series, although the magazine wonders for how much longer.

Jennifer Aniston came in fourth with $20 million, and reportedly takes pay cuts to appear in films like We’re The Millers and Horrible Bosses, which it says seems to appeal to her fun, comedic side.