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Hollywood's most bankable actresses

May 29, 2009 14:58 IST

Hollywood's most bankable actresses

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Reese Witherspoon has reason to flash her sunny smile. The Legally Blonde actress is the only woman to appear on The Ulmer Scale's global bankability survey of actors in Hollywood. And she has topped the women's top 10 list as well.

The Ulmer Scale's Actors Hot List measures the power surges and drops of more than 1,400 stars around the world according to their bankability -- defined by James Ulmer [an international editor, columnist and founder of the company] as the degree to which an actor's name alone can trigger full financing for a movie.


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2. Julia Roberts

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Former number one female star Julia Roberts slipped 11 points to 12th place with 80 points, moving off the A+ list for the first time in 15 years, largely due to her reduced workload in the past two years.


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Photographs: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters
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3. Kate Winslet

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The actress, who won her first Oscar for her role in The Reader, came in third with 80 points.


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4. Cameron Diaz

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At fourth place is the Charlies' Angels star with 76 points.


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5. Keira Knightley

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The Brit star scored 76 points to make it to the top five.


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6. Meryl Streep

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The 15-time Oscar nominated actress scored 75 points. Streep has had a great 2008 with films like Mamma Mia! and the Oscar nominated Doubt.

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Photographs: Jason Reed/Reuters
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7. Scarlett Johansson

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The sexy actress managed to make it to the list after she scored 73 points.


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8. Nicole Kidman

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One-time number two actress Nicole Kidman slipped to eighth place with 73 points, sliding off the A list altogether.


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Photographs: Steve Marcus/Reuters
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9. Angelina Jolie

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A growing brood and domestic chores seem to have affected the world's most beautiful woman's ranking, as she scored 71 points only.


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Photographs: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
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10. Penelope Cruz

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A recent Oscar winner for her role in Vicki Barcelona, Cruz barely made it to the list with 69 points.


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