Elizabeth Taylor Joins Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley on Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities List
Just over two years after his death, Michael Jackson remains the most lucrative entertainment property from beyond.
Forbes released its 2011 roster of the top-earning dead celebrities, and Jackson tops them all with $170 million in revenue. Not only does he best anyone dead, he tops most living pop acts as well. Only U2 grossed more since October 2010.
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Also retaining his spot from the previous list is Elvis Presley. His numbers are dwarfed by Jackson's, but 34 years after his death, he brought in $55 million over the last year. The recent Cirque Du Soleil show highlighting his music, Viva Elvis, helped him retain his spot.
New additions to the list include the late Elizabeth Taylor. Dying at 79 in March of this year, Taylor ties John Lennon for the number 5 spot. They both earned $12 million.
Taylor's perennially successful fragrance, White Diamonds, counts for the bulk of her profits.
Another notable addition to the list is Marilyn Monroe. Gone for 51 years, Monroe has previously been a "near miss" for the Forbes list. This year she comes in third, earning $27 million.
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Monroe's renaissance in pop culture, thanks in no small part to the Weinstein Company's upcoming biopic My Week With Marilyn, has been attributed to her jumping up the chart.
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