Jackie Siegel

Founder, Victoria’s Voice Foundation

Jackie Siegel is best known for her role in the award-winning documentary feature, Queen of Versailles (Magnolia Pictures), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and continues to be one of the most popular movies on Netflix. The documentary was also included on Vogue’s list of “66 Best Documentaries of All Time.” Jackie earned the title “Queen” when in 2003 she and husband, David Siegel, began an extravagant project to build the largest private residence in the U.S. named Versailles.

However, the ambitious construction abruptly halted to a grind as the 2008 recession dented their fortune. The rise and fall of their grand ambitions were captured in the critically acclaimed 2012 documentary based on their plans for the 108,000 square-foot mansion near Orlando, FL. Currently on track for completion in the fall of 2024, there’s rumor that the French original may look modest by comparison to the Siegel’s version with 13 bedrooms, 10 kitchens, an ice skating rink, not to mention a 5,000-square-foot closet.

As an intriguing fixture in pop culture, Siegel has made headlines with mainstream media (including Us Weekly and People Magazine) and has appeared on hit television shows like Bravo’s Flipping Out and Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. She also appeared as a guest on the reality series, Below Deck. Her new TV series The Queen of Versailles Reigns again has aired in Discovery Plus with a 2nd season to debut in HGTV this fall.

She is also in the process of developing a Broadway show with the same producers of Wicked with Kristen Chenoweth accepting the role as The Queen of Versailles. Mrs. Siegel seats on the board of Westgate Resorts the largest privately owned timeshare organization while she maintains investments in various real estate and alternative investments.

However, in 2016, David and Jackie’s world changed forever when their then 18-yeardaughter, Victoria, died of a drug overdose. This tragedy has trajected them into a new life purpose: to save lives through drug prevention programs. As a result, the Siegels have created a foundation in Victoria’s memory called Victoria’s Voice. Its purpose is to bring drug prevention education into the schools, offer healthy social media opportunities for young people, and assist first responders in receiving and administering Narcan (Naloxone) to an overdose victim, which has proven to save lives. When Victoria was discovered, she still had a heartbeat. It’s possible she could have been saved if the first responders had been equipped with Narcan. She continues to schedule a full calendar as a model, actress, and philanthropist, but since Victoria’s loss, more priority is now given to Victoria’s Voice foundation as she and her husband tirelessly work to bring local communities, state legislatures and even the federal government in agreement to do more about the opioid epidemic and its often tragic results.

The former Mrs. Florida America is actively involved in the national Mrs. America organization and now many of the beauty queens have become outspoken advocates of Victoria’s Voice and saving lives. After Victoria’s death, a friend of hers suggested to the Siegels that they look in her bedside table and read through a diary Victoria kept. They decided to leave it just as she left it with drawings, poems, heartfelt feelings of loneliness and sadness. It is a very emotionally-charged read that all need to take heed of. It is a glimpse into the heart of a hurting teen that reveals to parents not uncommon struggles of their children. “If only one life can be saved through our efforts,” says Mrs. Siegel, “it will have been worth all of the time, effort, and money.” The book is aptly titled, “Victoria’s Voice.”


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