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Hollywood's most bankable actresses

May 29, 2009 14:58 IST

Image: Reese Witherspoon

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.

2. Julia Roberts

Image: Julia Roberts
Photographs: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

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.

3. Kate Winslet

Image: Kate Winslet

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

4. Cameron Diaz

Image: Cameron Diaz
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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

5. Keira Knightley

Image: Keira Knightley
Photographs: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

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

6. Meryl Streep

Image: Meryl Streep
Photographs: Jason Reed/Reuters
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.

7. Scarlett Johansson

Image: Scarlett Johansson

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

8. Nicole Kidman

Image: Nicole Kidman
Photographs: Steve Marcus/Reuters

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

9. Angelina Jolie

Image: Angelina Jolie
Photographs: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

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

10. Penelope Cruz

Image: Penelope Cruz

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