Actress Reese Witherspoon has surpassed Hollywood superstar Julia Roberts to become the highest paid actress of all time.

The WALK THE LINE star, will earn $29 million (GBP17 million) for upcoming horror film OUR FAMILY TROUBLE - beating the $24 million (GBP14 million) 38-year-old Roberts was reportedly paid for Mona Lisa Smile.

The 29-year-old is widely tipped to win the Best Actress award at Sunday's (05MAR06) Academy Awards ceremony for her acclaimed role in the Johnny Cash biopic.