Jenette Goldstein

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Jenette Goldstein
Jenette Elise Goldstein

(1960-02-04) February 4, 1960 (age 58)
OccupationActress, businesswoman
Years active1986–2008
Known forAliens (1986)
Home townBeverly Hills, California, U.S.
AwardsSaturn Award for Best Supporting Actress (1987)

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 action film Aliens.

Early life[edit]

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


Her 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][verification needed] 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, a large-cup bra specialist known for its slogan "The alphabet starts at 'D'".[2][4][5]


Year Film Role Notes
1986 Aliens PFC Jenette 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
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
1993 Donato and Daughter Detective Judy McCartney TV movie
1994 Star Trek Generations U.S.S. Enterprise-B Science Officer
1995 Fair Game Rosa
1997 Touch Me Gabrielle
Titanic Irish Mother
1998 Senseless Nurse Alvarez
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Alice the Maid
Living Out Loud Fanny
1999 Smut Unknown role
2001 It Is What It Is Rivka Stern
2002 Clockstoppers Doctor
Home Room Main Nurse
2003 Duplex Moderator
2008 Autopsy Nurse Marian

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "Tough, But Totally Female". Los Angeles Daily News. August 4, 1986. Retrieved March 3, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Adam Wills, "Actress Finds Feminist Fanboys in 'Alien' Places", Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, June 10, 2009, p. 9 (retrieved June 15, 2009).
  3. ^ ""Aliens" Star Jenette Goldstein Reflects on Controversial Casting -- And Shares Touching "Titanic" Story About James Cameron". toofab. April 25, 2016.
  4. ^ "All the Rage", Los Angeles Times blog, May 15, 2009 (retrieved June 15, 2009).
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