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Sofia Vergara Leaps Pair of Kardashians For Highest Paid TV Actress

Forbes has unveiled its annual list of highest paid TV actress and 'Modern Family' star Sofia Vergara (photosSofia Vergara photos) tops the list with $19 million.

Vergara narrowly beat out Kim Kardashian (photosKim Kardashian photos), who had a banner year in terms of viewership for her reality show 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians' and the wedding special that was watched by over 10 million viewers.

Her sister, Khloe, who has her own spin-off series 'Khloe & Lamar, also made the list in fifth with $11 million.

Proving endorsement deals are the most lucrative, the 40-year-old Vergara earned the $19 million largely in part to being the face of everyone from Cover Girl and Diet Pepsi to Burger King in Spain. She also earned a $7 million advance for her Kmart clothing line in 2012.

Eva Longoria (photosEva Longoria photos), who wrapped up on 'Desperate Housewives' eight-season run this spring, placed third on the list. She earned $375,000 per episode on the ABC series, and has a reality and scripted series in production. Longoria has endorsement deals with L'Oreal Paris and Pepsi.

Take a look at the twenty highest earning TV actresses below:

1. Sofia Vergara, $19 million
2. Kim Kardashian, $18 million
3. Eva Longoria, $15 million
4. Bethenny Frankel (photosBethenny Frankel photos), $12 million
5. Khloe Kardashian (photosKhloe Kardashian photos) Odom, $11 million
5. Tina Fey, $11 million
7. Mariska Hargitay, $10 million
8. Zooey Deschanel, $9 million
8. Felicity Huffman, $9 million
8. Ellen Pompeo, $9 million
11. Kate Walsh (photosKate Walsh photos), $8 million
11. Teri Hatcher, $8 million
11. Marcia Cross, $8 million
11. Kaley Cuoco (photosKaley Cuoco photos), $8 million
15. Alyson Hannigan, $7 million
15. Marg Helgenberger, $7 million
17. Melissa McCarthy, $6 million
17. Julianna Margulies, $6 million
17. Kyra Sedgwick, $6 million
20. Courteney Cox, $5 million

July 19, 2012 |

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