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Sofia Vergara tops list of highest-paid TV actresses

Actress Sofia Vergara poses on the red carpet at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in Washington, April 28, 2012.

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Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara edged out Kim Kardashian as the highest-earning woman in U.S. television, taking in $19-million (U.S.) for the past 12 months on a list released by Forbes.com on Wednesday.

The Colombian-born Vergara took the No. 1 spot thanks to her Emmy Award-winning role on the ABC sitcom, a clothing line, endorsement deals and her partnership role in Latin World Entertainment, an entertainment company that Forbes said "was poised to become a new media powerhouse."

The 40-year-old actress beat out Kim Kardashian, who came in second, earning an estimated $18-million from her reality TV series, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, a clothing line, endorsement deals, a huge Twitter and media presence augmented by a recent romance with singer Kanye West, Forbes said.

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Eva Longoria came in third with her role on the long-running show Desperate Housewives, which ended this year, endorsement deals and sales of a cookbook, two fragrances and a sprinkling of small movie roles, Forbes said.

Fellow Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman also made the top ten, earning $9-million.

Comedian Tina Fey, creator and star of NBC comedy 30 Rock, was ranked at No. 6, earning an estimated $11-million.

To compile the list, Forbes considered upfront pay, residuals, endorsements and advertising work, without deducting agent fees or expenses related to being a celebrity.

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