Jacqueline Voltaire

Jacqueline Voltaire (November 6, 1948 – April 8, 2008) was a British-born Mexican actress, model and singer, known for her successful career in telenovelas, especially on Televisa. Voltaire also appeared in Mexican and international films, including Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain in 1973, John Sayles' Men with Guns and Dune, which was directed by David Lynch.[1]

Jacqueline Voltaire
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Jacqueline Anne Walter Clisson

November 6, 1948
Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
DiedApril 8, 2008(2008-04-08) (aged 59)
Mexico City, Mexico
Other namesJackie
OccupationActor, model, dancer

Voltaire was born as Jacqueline Anne Walter Clisson in Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom, on November 6, 1948.[2] She lived in several countries and continents during her early life, including France, Germany, the United States and parts of Africa, before settling in Mexico, where she lived for over thirty years.[2] She first worked as a dancer and performer. She danced in some of the world's most famous nightclubs, including the Moulin Rouge, the Casino de Paris and Le Lido.[2] She became fluent in Spanish, Italian and French through her career and travels.[2]

Voltaire made her big screen debut after settling in Mexico in the 1971 film Un Quijote sin mancha, opposite Mario Moreno, who was better known as Cantinflas.[2] Voltaire officially joined the National Association of Actors (ANDA), the Mexican actors guild, in February 1979,[2] where she held membership number 19216.[3] Voltaire appeared opposite a number of well known Mexican and international actors including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Queta Carrasco, Mauricio Garcés, Sharon Stone, Óscar Chávez, Silvia Pinal, Patrick Stewart, Roberto Gómez Bolaños and Susana Dosamantes.[2] In the 1990s and 2000s, Voltaire became known as one of Mexico's famed telenovela stars, but continued to work in films. She won a MTV Latinoamérica award in the category "Most bizarre sex scene" in 2005 for a scene in the film Matando Cabos with actor Silverio Palacios.[2] She also worked as an image consultant during the later years of her career.[2]

Voltaire's last role in television was on the Mexican telenovela Palabra de Mujer, in which she played the character of Flora Navarro.[3] Her last stage role was in the Mexican staging of the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, renamed Una Eva y dos patanes, opposite actors Alessandra Rosaldo and Eugenio Derbez.[2]

Jacqueline Voltaire died at a hospital in Mexico City on April 8, 2008, of melanoma (a most dangerous type of skin cancer) at the age of 59. Her remains were cremated on April 10, 2008.[1][2]


La Verdad Oculta (2006)



  1. ^ a b "RIP: Reel Important People -- April 14, 2008". Cinematical. 2008-04-14. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Falleció actriz y modelo Jacqueline Voltaire". Diario de Quintana Roo. 2008-04-08. Archived from the original on 2011-07-22. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  3. ^ a b "Muere la actriz Jacqueline Voltaire a causa de cáncer". El Universal. 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2008-05-05.

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