Emma Stone crowned highest paid actress in Hollywood

By Gemma Strong

Oscar winner Emma Stonehas been named Hollywood's highest-paid actress of 2017 by Forbes. The 28-year-old made $26 million in the last year, the majority of which came from her performance in La La Land, which took more than $445 million worldwide. She was closely followed by Jennifer Aniston, 48, who brought home $25.5 million, much of which came from endorsements, such as SmartWater and Emirates airline. Last year's number one, 27-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, was in third position with earnings of $24 million – down on 2016's $46 million.

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Melissa McCarthy, 46, was at number four with $18million, while Mila Kunis, 34, came in fifth position with $15.5million. British actress Emma Watson, 27, was this year's only newcomer, thanks to Beauty and the Beast, which grossed $1.26billion at the box office. She earned $14million in the past 12 months.

Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence were in second and third place respectively

This year, three women breached the $20million mark, compared to four women in 2016. American star Emma recently spoke out about Hollywood's pay disparity, stating that her male co-stars had often taken cuts to ensure equality between the genders. "In my career so far, I've needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them," she said. "And that's something they do for me because they feel it's what's right and fair. That's something that's also not discussed, necessarily: that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, 'That's what's fair.'"

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