Saturday Night Live is one of the most iconic television shows of all time. The sketch comedy series has been a launching pad for some of the biggest names in Hollywood, such as Eddie Murphy, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Myers, Chris Rock and many more. The legendary show is created by Lorne Michaels and first premiered on October 11, 1975 on NBC. The series was an instant success and is now one of the longest running television shows of all time. The series has been generally dominated by men. However, many female cast members found a way to shine through and put the spotlight on themselves. They took SNL out of the boys’ dirty locker-room and took the series in a new direction. The series has included some of the most talented female comedians of all time. An early standout in the series was the extremely talented Gilda Radner, who was a member of the original cast. Along the way, the series has had many talented females that went on to archive great success in their careers, including Sarah Silverman, Janeane Garofalo and Joan Cusack. However, this list will focus on the female cast members that are slightly more associated with SNL. Here is a look at 10 of the richest female cast members of SNL that went on to gain success in their careers.
10) Casey Wilson – Net Worth: $2 Million
Casey Wilson was a cast member on SNL for two seasons, from 2008 to 2009. Although Casey Wilson was on SNL, she is not as associated with the series as other actress are. She herself has admitted to SNL not being a “good fit” for her. However, she did play several memorable characters, including impressions of Katy Perry, Rachael Ray and an original character Dusty Velvet, a strip club dancer that is paralyzed from the neck down. She’s had greater success since leaving the series. She played Penny on the hit series, Happy Endings and will be starring in the new show, Marry Me.
9) Cheri Oteri – Net Worth: $2 Million
Cheri Oteri was a Saturday Night Live Cast member from 1995 to 2000, for a total of 5 seasons. She played many notable characters, but one of the most memorable was Arianna, who was a member of the Spartan Cheerleaders, along with the legendary Will Ferrell. She’s also appeared in movies: Grown Ups 2, Scary Movie and Southland Tales.
8) Rachel Dratch – Net Worth: $3 Million
Rachel Dratch was a cast member on SNL for 7 seasons, from 1999 to 2006. She was known for her many memorable characters, most notably Debbie Downer. She appeared in films such as, Click, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and more recently, Just Go With It. She’s also been in a number of TV shows including, 30 Rock, King of Queens and The Middle.
7) Jane Curtin – Net Worth: $3 Million
Jane Curtin was a part of the original cast for Saturday Night Live. She was a cast member from 1975 to 1980 for 5 seasons. She was co-anchor for Weekend Update segment with Chevy Chase and then Dan Aykroyd. During her time on the show, she was known as “The Queen of Deadpan” and often played the straight women to foils like Gilda Radner. She then had a starring role in the hit series Kate and Allie, in which she won the Primetime Emmy for lead actress in 1985. She’s also had starring roles in the film Coneheads, and the TV series 3rd Rock from The Sun.
6) Maya Rudolph – Net Worth: $4 Million
Maya Rudolph was a cast member on SNL for 8 seasons, from 2000 to 2007. She was known for her wide range of characters and her ability to play different ethnicities. She impersonated celebrities like: Paris Hilton, Lucy Liu and Beyonce and has appeared in films such as Idiocracy, Grown Ups and Bridesmaids. Next, she will be starring in The Nest, alongside SNL alumni Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. She also had her own variety show, The Maya Rudolph Show in May of 2014.
Fun Fact: Her mother is famed singer-songwriter Minnie Riperton. Maya’s name is repeated at the end of one of her mother’s most famous songs, Lovin You, from 1975. A very young Maya had accompanied her mother to the studio that day.
5) Molly Shannon – Net Worth: $5 Million
Molly Shannon joined Saturday Night Live in 1995, and remained with the series until 2001. She was a cast member for 7 seasons and was a breakout star. Her success is very significant in that it led to an increase in female writers on SNL. One of her most successful characters was the socially awkward Catholic school girl, Mary Katherine Gallagher. The character even had its own spin-off film, Superstar, which was released October 8, 1999.
4) Kristen Wiig – Net Worth: $12 Million
Kristen Wiig was a part of SNL from 2005 to 2012, for a total of 8 seasons. She was known for her many impersonations, such as imitating Taylor Swift, Jamie-Lee Curtis and Kris Jenner. She has appeared in a number of films including Knocked Up, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and the animated films Despicable Me and its sequel. She is perhaps best known for co-writing and starring in the tremendously successful film, Bridesmaids.
3) Amy Poehler – Net Worth: $18 Million
Amy Poehler was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for 8 seasons, from 2001 to 2008. Prior to that, she was known for her work with the Upright Citizens Brigade. She became co-anchor on Weekend Update with Tina Fey, making them the first ever female co-anchors. She has appeared in a number of films, such as Mean Girls, Baby Mama and the upcoming film, The Nest. She also co-hosted the Golden Globes with Tina Fey two years in row. She has starred in the hit NBC series, Parks and Recreation as Leslie Knope for 7 seasons. Poehler reportedly makes $250,000 per episode.
2) Tina Fey – Net Worth: $45 Million
Tina Fey is considered by many to be one of the funniest and most talented writers/ performers in the history of SNL. She was a cast member for 8 seasons, from 1997 to 2006, even though she had admitted to struggling at first on SNL. She became the first ever female head writer in 1999, and would also go on to be co-anchor with Jimmy Fallon for Weekend Update. After Fallon left, Amy Poehler joined Fey to make them the first female pair to co-anchor Weekend Update. The duo have reunited several times, including for the film Baby Mama and they co-hosted the Golden Globes two years in a row to critical acclaim. They will also be starring in the upcoming film, The Nest. Fey also wrote and co-starred in the movie Mean Girls. After leaving SNL, Fey created and starred in the critically acclaimed TV series 30 Rock, based on her time at SNL. She has won 8 Emmy Awards for her work in television and reportedly makes $500 thousand per episode of 30 Rock.
1) Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Net Worth: $200 Million
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is one of the most successful actresses of all time. She was a member of the Saturday Night Live Cast for three seasons. She joined the cast in its third season in 1982. She was asked to join after a performance in Chicago with The Practical Theatre Group. At the time, she was the youngest female cast member to join the series at only 21 years old. She worked alongside notable actors, Martin Short, Billy Crystal and writer Larry David. Of course, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld created one of the most iconic TV shows of all time, Seinfeld. Julia was cast as a part of Seinfeld, in one of her most memorable roles as Elaine Benes, which she portrayed for nine seasons. She than had the starring role on The New Adventures of Old Christine for 5 seasons. Currently, she stars on Veep, which is going into its fourth season on HBO. She has been nominated 18 times at the Emmy Awards and has won 5 times. She reportedly earns $150 thousand per episode.