Schwimmer Money: 1990s TV Stars Who Were Rolling in the Dough

The ‘90s weren’t just the golden age of fashion (tattoo chokers and brown lipstick, anyone?), they were also a golden age of cheesy television. Here are some of the most ridiculously overpaid TV stars of the 1990s.

The Olsen Twins

When Full House hit the airwaves in 1987, nobody would have guessed that the breakout stars of the show would be 9-month-old twins Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. But by 1991, their character Michelle Tanner was ranked as the most recognizable and likeable character on TV, which, as we learned from the laughably bad yet somehow totally watchable Lifetime movie the Unauthorized Full House Story, greatly angered their fellow castmates.

Their initial combined salary was $2,400 per show, which jumped to $25,000 by the third season with the help of the girls’ shrewd lawyer. By the end of the show’s run, the twins were making a combined salary of nearly $80,000 per episode. Not bad for a couple of eight-year-olds!

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