These are the highest paid black actresses of all time. These women have worked hard to get to the top…see who made the list! Enjoy.
10. Jennifer Hudson (3 films) Lifetime gross: $293,750,056
- In 2004 she one of the finalists on the third season of American Idol.
- In the 2006 film Dreamgirls won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- She also won a Golden Globe Award
- Also a BAFTA Award
- Also a NAACP Image Award
- And finally, also a Screen Actors Guild Award.
- She won a Grammy Award for her eponymous debut album, Jennifer Hudson.
9. Beyonce Knowles (5 films) Lifetime gross: $437.3
- During her participation in her band “Destiny’s Child”, Beyonce released her debut solo album Dangerously in Love. Her hits ”Crazy in Love” and “Baby Boy” became one of the most successful albums that year. She earned five Grammy Awards because of them.
- I Am… Sasha Fierce, released in November 2008. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and the album earned six Grammy Awards which broke the record for most Grammy’s won by a female artist in a night.
- She has 16 Grammy awards—13 as a solo artist and 3 as a former member of Destiny’s Child
- For “Dreamgirls” she earned 2 Golden Globe nominations.
- Forbes ranked Knowles at number two on its list of “the 100 Most Powerful and Influential Celebrities in the world.”
- She is also listed as the most powerful and influential musicia.
- Time magaing ALSO included Knowles on its list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”.
8. Thandie Newton (22 films) Lifetime gross:$664.9
- The Pursuit of Happyness
- Run, Fat Boy, Run
- Mission: Impossible II
7. Nia Long (22 films) Lifetime gross: $691,414,242
- In 2005 Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Theatrical Film (Alfie) in the BET Comedy Awards.
- In 2000 she won a Black Reel Award for Best Actress in The Best Man.
- In 2005 she won Outstanding Actress in a Television Drama (”Third Watch”).
- In 2004 she won Outstanding Actress in a Television Drama (“Third Watch”)
- In 200 she won Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (The Best Man).
6. Angela Bassett (24 films) Lifetime gross: $750,045,528
- She was nominated for What’s Love Got to Do with It in the category of Best actress in 2004
- She won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2007–NAACP award
- She won Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Akeelah and the Bee in 2006–Block Movie Award
- She’s won an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
5. Regina King (18 films) Lifetime gross: $1,050,799,524
- She was nominated for a BET Award in 2010 for Best Actress.
- She won a BET award in 2005 for Best Actress.
- She received a NAACP Award in 2005 in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a movie for Ray
4. Jada Pinkett Smith (21 films) Lifetime gross: $$1,417,189,353
- The only award she ever won was a NAACP Image award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series in Hawthorne.
3. Queen Latifah (28 films) Lifetime gross: $$1,431,366,338
- She has earned a Golden Globe award.
- Two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
- Two Image Awards.
- A Grammy Award.
- And she has also received six additional Grammy nominations for her vocal work.
- Also an Emmy Award nomination
- And an Academy Award nomination for her film work.
2. Halle Berry (27 films) Lifetime gross: $1,592,734,690
- Halle Berry has received an Emmy award, a Golden Globe award, a SAG award, and an NAACP Image Award for her work in “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge”.
- She also has won an Academy Award for Best Actress and she was also nominated for a BAFTA Award for her work in Monster’s Ball.
- She is the only african american woman to have won the academy award for Best Actress.
1. Whoopi Goldberg Lifetime gross: $1,800,253,561
- In The Color Purple she played Celie for which she received a nomination an Academy Award for Best Actress.
- She also won her first Golden Globe Award for the same role!
- In “Ghost”, her performance won her another Golden Globe
- Also she won an Academy Award for “Ghost” in the category of Best Supporting Actress.
- She has been remarkably nominated for 13 Emmy Awards.
- She has also won a Tony award for her work in Theatre.
- She also has four People’s Choice Awards and is lucky enough to be one of the actresses who has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.