12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, September 10, 1997
The Associated Press
NEW YORK - The dinosaurs of
"The Lost World" carried Steven
Spielberg to the top of Forbes maga-
zine's list of the 40 best-paid entertain-
ers - and lifted the story's author,
Michael Crichton, to No. 4, the highest
any writer has reached.
Spielberg earned $313 million in
1996-97 for directing and producing the
sequel to "Jurassic Park" and from
Crichton, who wrote the book
"The Lost World," also benefited
from the film. His $102 million take
was more than books alone could
Right behind Spielberg was another
special-effects movie maven, George
Lucas, who re-released his sci-fi tril-
ogy, "Star Wars," "The Return of the
Jedi" and "The Empire Strikes
tops best-paid list
Back," this year and raked in $241
Oprah Winfrey, last year's No. 1, fin-
ished third with $201 million. Last year,
she needed a mere $171 million to top
Winfrey and Spielberg had been trad-
ing first and second place since 1993.
Spielberg was last No. 1 in 1995.
The rankings, included in the maga-
zine's Sept. 22 issue, combine enter-
tainers' two-year estimated gross
earnings in an attempt to compile a
more accurate assessment of overall
The Beatles came in at fifth, even
though they haven't recorded in
more than a quarter century, and
Jerry Seinfeld was sixth with $94
Some of the entertainers who fell off
the Top 40 this year were Sandra
Bullock, Tom Hanks, David Letterman,
Luciano Pavarotti and Denzel
They helped make way for first-
timers, including comedian-tool man
Tim Allen (No. 13), winner of a fat
contract to stay with ABC and "Home
Improvement"; singer Celine Dion
(No. 15), who sold 30 million records
in two years; and the movie directing-
producing team of Ron Howard and
Brian Grazer (No. 24), responsible for
"Apollo 13," "Liar, Liar" and
Other newcomers were pop group
Spice Girls (No. 32); Michael
Flatley (No. 25), the Irish-step-
dancing star of the movie "Lord of
the Dance"; and the writer-produc-
ers of TV's "Friends" - Kevin
Bright, Marta Kauffman and David
Crane (No. 39).
Raking in the dough: Steven
Spielberg made it to the top of
Forbes magazine's list of the 40 best
entertainers. Spielberg (left) is doing
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