Jenette Goldstein

Jenette Elise Goldstein (born February 4, 1960) is an American actress, best known for her Saturn Award-winning role as Private Vasquez in the 1986 science fiction horror action film Aliens, as the foster mother in Terminator 2, as Diamondback in Near Dark (1987) and Detective Megan Shapiro in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), and as the Irish Mother in Titanic (1997). She also appeared in 2 episode of the TV series Star Trek: Short Treks (2019) as the USS Enterprise Computer.

Jenette Goldstein
Born (1960-02-04) February 4, 1960 (age 61)
OccupationActress, businesswoman
Years active1986–present
AwardsSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actress (1987)

Early lifeEdit

Goldstein was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Beverly Hills.[1] Her family is Jewish[2] (from Russia, Morocco, and Brazil).[3]


Goldstein's first film role was in James Cameron's Aliens (1986), as the Hispanic character PFC Jenette Vasquez. Due to its title, she initially thought the film was about immigration and arrived at her audition for the part of a tough-as-nails space marine in a short skirt and high heels.[2] She also appeared as the vampire Diamondback in Near Dark (1987), Officer Meagan Shapiro in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Janelle Voight in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), the USS Enterprise science officer in Star Trek Generations (1994), and an Irish immigrant mother in Titanic (1997).

Goldstein is now the proprietor of the store "Jenette Bras",[4] a large-cup bra specialist known for its slogan "The alphabet starts at 'D'".[2][5][6]

Filmography & TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Aliens PFC Vasquez WonSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
NominatedDVD Exclusive Award for Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD)
1987 Near Dark Diamondback NominatedSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1987 Max Headroom Bella Episode: "Dream Thieves"
1988 The Presidio Patti Jean Lynch
Martini Ranch: "Reach" Unknown role Music Video
Miracle Mile Beverly Hills Chick #1
1989 Lethal Weapon 2 Detective Megan Shapiro
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day Janelle Voight / T-1000
1991 MacGyver Rachel Bradley Episode: "The Prometheus Syndrome"
1992 Civil Wars Patricia Twain Episode: "Drone of Arc"
1993 Donato and Daughter Detective Judy McCartney TV movie
1994 Star Trek Generations USS Enterprise-B Science Officer
1994 L.A. Law Tanya Geiss Episode: "Cold Cuts"
1995 Fair Game Rosa
1995 The Client Karen Kelso Episode: "The Peach Orchard"
1997 Touch Me Gabrielle
Titanic Irish Mother
1998 Senseless Nurse Alvarez
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Alice the Maid
Living Out Loud Fanny
1998 7th Heaven Mrs. Reese Episode: "The Legacy"
1998-2004 ER Helicopter Pilot/Judy Stiles 2 Episodes
1999 Smut Unknown role
2000 Strong Medicine An unnamed friend Episode: "Dependency"
2001 Six Feet Under Obstetrician Episode: "The Trip"
2001 It Is What It Is Rivka Stern
2002 Clockstoppers Doctor
Home Room Main Nurse
2003 Alias Medical Bay Technician Episode: "Double Agent"
2003 Duplex Moderator
2004 24 Rae Plachecki 2 episodes
2005 The Inside Traci Armstrong Episode: "Loneliest Number"
2008 Autopsy Nurse Marian
2010 Medium Mrs. Pinsley Episode: "Allison Rolen Got Married"
2013 A Hollywood Affair Agent Episode: "Agent Meeting"
2014 Under the Hollywood Sign Mary
2019 Star Trek: Short Treks USS Enterprise computer (voice) 2 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Star Trek: Invasion Typhoon Engineer
2002 X-Men: Next Dimension Jean Grey / Phoenix
2009 Real Heroes: Firefighter Esmeralda "Ezzy" Vasquez

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Tough, But Totally Female". Los Angeles Daily News. August 4, 1986. Retrieved March 3, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Wills, Adam (June 10, 2009). "An evening with Vasquez:"Actress Finds Feminist Fanboys in 'Alien' Places"". Jewish Journal. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  3. ^ ""Aliens" Star Jenette Goldstein Reflects on Controversial Casting -- And Shares Touching "Titanic" Story About James Cameron". toofab. April 25, 2016.
  4. ^ "About | Jenette Bras". 2020. Retrieved May 12, 2020.
  5. ^ Padilla, Max "Store openings: Jenette Bras, Vamp Shoes", All the Rage, Los Angeles Times blog, May 15, 2009. Retrieved June 15, 2009
  6. ^ Binkley, Christina (May 13, 2010). "Bra Building: New Engineering for Bigger Curves". Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company. Retrieved May 12, 2020. (subscription required)  

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