Sofia Ver­gara tops money list — again

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — En­ter­tain­ment Tonight

It’s good to be Sofia Ver­gara. The 44-year-old ac­tress took top hon­ors Wed­nes­day when Forbes re­leased its list of the world’s high­est-paid TV ac­tresses of 2016. The “Mod­ern Fam­ily” star was ranked No. 1 for the fifth year in a row, bring­ing in a whop­ping $43 mil­lion this year be­fore man­age­ment fees and taxes, which, ac­cord­ing to the magazine, is also more than any male tele­vi­sion ac­tor has made.

Ver­gara’s mul­ti­ple lu­cra­tive en­dorse­ments are re­spon­si­ble for her im­pres­sive earn­ings, in­clud­ing her deals with Head & Shoul­ders and CoverGirl.

The No. 2 spot on Forbes’ list be­longs to 30-year-old Ka­ley Cuoco, who earned $24.5 mil­lion, mostly for her role as Penny in “The Big Bang The­ory.” Cuoco has the big­gest TV deal among ac­tresses, mak­ing $1 mil­lion per episode. Last year, Ver­gara and Cuoco tied for the No. 1 spot. Round­ing out the top-five high­est-paid ac­tresses of 2016 are Mindy Kal­ing (“The Mindy Project”) with $15 mil­lion and Mariska Har­gi­tay (“Law & Or­der: Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit”) and Ellen Pom­peo (“Grey’s Anatomy”), who tied for the No. 4 spot with $14.5 mil­lion each.

But there’s a chance that Cuoco’s days on the list are num­bered. Ru­mors have been swirling that the 10th sea­son of “The Big Bang The­ory” could be the last, as the main stars have only signed con­tracts through the end of this sea­son.

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Sofia Ver­gara ranks No. 1 on Forbes’ list of the world’s high­est-paid TV ac­tresses for the fifth year in a row.

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