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The highest-paid TV actress? Sofia Vergara tops Forbes list for 5th straight time

Sofia Vergara is having another good year.

The “Modern Family” star topped Forbes magazine’s list of highest-paid television actresses for a fifth year in a row, raking in a reported $43 million.

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Sofia Vergara again topped the Forbes' list of highest-paid TV actresses, last year raking in $43 million.

That’s a 66 percent jump over last year’s earnings by the Colombian actress. While Vergara earns millions from her Emmy-nominated role as Gloria on the ABC sitcom, most of her income stems from lucrative endorsement and licensing deals, including Head and Shoulders shampoo, a Rooms-to-Go furniture line, and even cheetah-printed nurse scrubs.

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Coming in second on the Forbes list was Kaley Cuoco, who earned a hefty $1 million per episode paycheck for her work on "The Big Bang Theory" and making an overall $24.5 million last year.

Mindy Kaling earned the bronze medal spot on the Forbes list. The creator, producer and star of Hulu’s “The Mindy Project” earned $15 million last year, not only for her work on the show but from book deals. In addition to one she authored by herself, Forbes reported Kaling received an advance of more than $7 million for an upcoming book of essays she is working on with B.J. Novak, her former co-star from “The Office.”

Forbes determined its list of the 15 highest-paid television actresses based on earnings data from June 1, 2015 to June 1, 2016.

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"Scandal" star Kerry Washington came in at No. 6 on the Forbes list.

Others who made the cut included Vergara’s “Modern Family” co-star Julie Bowen, who came in at No. 10 with $10 million. “Quantico” star Priyanka Chopra was listed at No. 8 with earnings of $11 million, and Stana Katic of "Castle" came in a spot ahead of Chopra at Nov. 7 by banking $12 million last year.

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Stana Katic of "Castle" fame also made the cut.

Additional actresses on the list include "Veep" star and executive producer Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (tied for No. 13 with $7.5 million), Mariska Hargitay (tied for No. 4 with $14.5 million) of the "Law and Order SVU" franchise, and Kerry Washington (No. 6 with $13.5 million), whose "Scandal" paycheck was boosted by endorsement deals with Neutrogena, Movado and Apple Music.

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