updated 12/05/2008 AT 12:20 PM ET
•originally published 12/05/2008 AT 2:20 PM ET
Katherine Heigl has come a long way since carrying a gun-totting doll in 1998’s Bride of Chucky.
The Grey’s Anatomy star and newly minted screen queen has made a tremendous leap onto the A-List, counting herself among the top five of Hollywood’s highest-paid actresses, according to the Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment: Power 100 list.
The 30-year-old movie newbie, who made her major box office debut in 2007’s Knocked Up (which has grossed more than $148 million) and followed the comedic hit up with 27 Dresses, took the fifth spot on the prestigious list behind such powerhouses as Angelina Jolie (No. 1), Julia Roberts (No. 2), Reese Witherspoon (No. 3) and Cameron Diaz (No. 4).
In July, Forbes listed Heigl at No. 73 on the Celebrity 100 list, making her the highest-paid TV actress, with earnings at $13 million for her role as Dr. Izzie Stevens on Grey’s – which earned her an Emmy in 2007.
“This is my dream come true,” she said of her Emmy win. “I’ve been doing this for 17 years and people don’t count [the years] ‘cause I started as a kid, but I counted because I’ve worked my a– off.”
Heigl can next be seen on the big screen in the 2009 romantic comedy The Ugly Truth, opposite Gerard Butler.
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