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Which Desperate Housewives Star Is the Highest Paid Actress on TV?

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Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria, Terri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman
Desperate Housewives, Eva Longoria, Terri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Felicity Huffman ABC/FLORIAN SCHNEIDER

As if there wasn't enough jealousy on Wisteria Lane already!

Those list-making fools over at Forbes have released a list of the top 10 highest paid actresses on TV—and all four of the leading ladies from Desperate Housewives are on it. However, only one of them is tied for first place.

So, which scene-stealer is sharing the seven-figure spotlight with a triple-threat Emmy-winner?

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The sexy-even-in-sweats Gabrielle, aka Eva Longoria, banked $13 million between May 2010 and May 2011 to join 30 Rock mastermind Tina Fey at the top of the list.


While Teri Hatcher may have been the name driving Desperate Housewives when it premiered in 2004 and Felicity Huffman was considered the serious thespian in the neighborhood, it was Longoria whose star skyrocketed thanks to some smokin' hot scenes on TV, her high-profile romances in real life and her red-carpet style.

Longoria, while nominated for a Golden Globe in 2006, is the only one of the four original leads who has not been nominated for an Emmy. Huffman won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005.

Not that her costars are making peanuts.

Marcia Cross is sitting pretty right behind Longoria and Fey with $10 million, putting her in the ranks of small-screen crime fighters Mariska Hargitay and Marg Helgenberger.

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Stewing in $9 Million Land, meanwhile, are Hatcher and Huffman. Of course, the great equalizer is that all four Desperate stars will be looking for new jobs come springtime, as their series' eighth season is going to be its last.

Courteney Cox is enjoying post-Friends life in Cougar Town, surely helped along by $7 million, the same amount earned by Ellen Pompeo (Grey's Anatomy is named after her, after all).

Rounding out the top 10 is The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies, an Emmy winner for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series less than two weeks ago.

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