Jacqueline White (character)

Jacqueline White
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt character
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First appearance "Kimmy Goes Outside!" (2015)
Created by Tina Fey
Portrayed by Jane Krakowski
Aliases Jackie Lynn White (birth name)
Jacqueline Voorhees (former)
Species Human
Gender Female
Occupation Socialite
Flight attendant
Family Fern White (mother)
Virgil White (father)
Significant other(s) Julian Voorhees (ex-husband)
Russ (boyfriend)
Children Buckley Voorhees
Relatives Xanthippe Voorhees (ex-stepdaughter)
Nationality American

Jackie Lynn "Jacqueline" White (formerly Jacqueline Voorhees) is a character on the sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Character lifeEdit

Born Jackie Lynn White to Fern (Sheri Foster) and Virgil White (Gil Birmingham) of the Lakota people, White grew up hating her Native American heritage and wishing she were white. She left home and purchased contact lenses to make her eyes blue, dyed her hair blonde, and changed her name to Jacqueline.

She became a flight attendant, and met then married billionaire businessman Julian Voorhees (Mark Harelik). The two began an affair, and upon Jacqueline becoming pregnant, Julian divorced his current wife Helene (Christine Ebersole), leaving him in custody with their daughter Xanthippe (Dylan Gelula). Jacqueline had her son Buckley several months later, followed by Jacqueline and Julian's wedding.

Julian was frequently out of town on business ventures, leaving Jacqueline at home with Buckley, Xanthippe, the housekeeper Vera, and the dog, a genetically modified Yorkshire terrier. Buckley was taken care of by a number of nannies, but they always left due to his hyperactivity and Xanthippe's bad girl attitude or were fired. Jacqueline has undergone a fair amount of plastic surgery and has done several unique activities for physical fitness.

She continued her socialite life for several years, and at some point published a cookbook, before eventually meeting Kimmy Schmidt, who she hired as an assistant and a new nanny for Buckley. She ends up growing fond of Kimmy, and confesses that she thinks Julian's been cheating on her with somebody in Japan. She does several things to try to catch him in the act, all of which fail, before realizing he was sleeping with their therapist.

Despite some hesitation about financial loss, Jacqueline divorces Julian, putting Xanthippe back in custody with her birth mother, and leaving Buckley in Jacqueline's custody.

Following the divorce, Jacqueline decides to return to her roots, however she is found unhelpful and idiotic in her old home, and ends up returning to New York, which she struggles to maintain her socialite status while bonding with Buckley and trying to use her status to support oppressed Native Americans. She is in a relationship with a rich older lawyer named Russ.

Critical responseEdit

Jane Krakowski received praise for her role and was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2015[1] and was also nominated for the 2015 Gold Derby TV Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.[2] The next year, she won the 2016 Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Jacqueline White.[3]

Year Category Nominee Result
2015 Gold Derby TV Award Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Nominated
2015 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
2016 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won


  1. ^ "Jane Krakowski - Television Academy". Television Academy. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  2. ^ Montgomery, Daniel (2015-09-17). "Gold Derby TV Awards: 'Game of Thrones' sweeps, big wins for Amy Schumer, 'Parks and Rec'". Goldderby. Retrieved 2016-12-20. 
  3. ^ Sharf, Zack. "Critics' Choice Awards 2016: La La Land Wins Best Picture - IndieWire". www.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2016-12-20.