The Queen of Versailles is ready for her close-up — again.
Jackie Siegel wants the world to know that she and her husband, time-share mogul David Siegel, are still alive and kicking. She is planning a sequel to the 2012 “Queen of Versailles” documentary, which made the Central Florida couple famous.
“I still want a follow-up that will answer questions that were raised in the original ‘Queen of Versailles,'” said Siegel, 49. “We are still planning to finish Versailles, and we plan to live there.”
What form the sequel will take is still a mystery, but Siegel has lots of plans.
Earlier this week, she was at the Parliament House gay-themed resort, with a camera crew in tow, to judge a drag-queen and talent contest. She revealed that drag queens could be part of her next endeavor.
The small screen looks to be in her future, too. Siegel says she and her husband recently filmed an episode for a celebrity-wife-swap TV show, and they’re shopping it around. This would be her second attempt at reality TV. Back in 2012, Siegel had announced plans for a reality show with NBC Universal’s Wilshire Studios. But she said this week that that was no longer in her plans.
The Siegels’ 15 minutes of fame were launched with the “Queen of Versailles,” which originally focused on the construction of their 90,000-square-foot home, called Versailles, on Lake Butler in Orange County.
Jackie Siegel, right, and promoter Kevin Callahan, at the Parliament House on March 16.
But it wound up depicting the impact of the recession on the wealthy and the Siegels’ extravagant lifestyle. The movie won acclaim, and the Siegels bought out the opening-night shows at the Enzian in Maitland and arrived in a custom party bus to watch the movie.
“We have the same reaction to the film,” David Siegel, 79, said on opening night. “The only difference is that Jackie is loving it and I’m hating it.”
Indeed, even before the movie opened in theaters, things quickly got messy.
David Siegel sued the filmmaker for making “false and defamatory statements.” He would end up losing that lawsuit in March 2014 through an arbitration process, where the arbitrator noted that Jackie and David “actively promoted” the film while claiming it was defamatory. The Siegels also filed a lawsuit over the rights to a follow-up film, and they won that dispute.
Today, the Siegels and Westgate Resorts are riding high again in an improving economy. As the Sentinel has reported, David Siegel been on a buying spree — having purchased the Orlando Predators indoor-football team and new real-estate holdings such as the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. He also raised minimum wage at the Westgate last October to $10 per hour for everyone.
As for Versailles, which the couple put on the market for $100 million when they were going through hard financial times, it is now being completed. Jackie Siegel says they no longer plan to sell it.
They haven’t abandoned their other Central Florida mansion in Windermere, known as Seagull Island.
“We have eight children, which is a large family, so some of us may live at Seagull Island and some at Versailles,” Jackie Siegel said.
Staff writer Hal Boedeker contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-420-5660.
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