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When a Hollywood star is said to make $20 million a picture, how much does he actually get to keep?

--Pam Lackey, Albuquerque, N.M.

Of an actor's $20 million salary, 10 percent goes to his agent. His business manager and lawyer each get 5 percent. About $7 million goes to taxes, unless the money is diverted into tax shelters. So, in general, from a $20 million salary, the star takes home only about $9 million. Some actors have a career manager--separate from the business manager--who lops off another 10 percent, leaving a net income of $7 million. Which is still enough to pay the plastic surgeon.

--Sean Smith

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