Longoria: TV’s Highest-Paid Actress

There’s nothing “desperate” about Eva Longoria’s earning potential. The Mexican-American actress has been named TV’s highest-paid actress by Forbes magazine.

The “Desperate Housewives” starlet—the only Latina on the list—tied with “30 Rock” star Tina Fey for the top spot, with each actress netting $13 million between May 2010 and May 2011.  It’s an improvement for Longoria, who ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ Prime Time’s 10 Top-Earning Women list last year, which included non-acting celebrities.

Like her co-stars on ABC’s long-running series “Desperate Housewives,” the 36-year-old Longoria earns $400,000 per episode for portraying Gabrielle Solis. So why is Longoria the highest-paid “housewife” on Wisteria Lane? Well, she’s got some pretty lucrative endorsement deals with L’Oreal and LG, which help her make some serious bank.

But Longoria doesn’t keep all her earnings to herself. She donates much of her personal income to charity. She was recently named a Lifetime Impact Honoree for her philanthropic work at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon in Beverly Hills.

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