Top Honors for Jaclyn Jose: A Legendary Actress and Icon in Showbiz at 60

Jaclyn Jose, the prolific film and television thespian who made history as the first Filipino and Southeast Asian to win the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, passed away on March 2 due to a heart attack at the age of 60. She is survived by her daughter Andi Eigenmann and son Gwen Garimond.

Eigenmann announced the news of her mother’s passing during a televised announcement, asking for privacy and respect as their family grieves. Jose, born on October 21, 1963, in Angeles City, Pampanga, had a successful career in both film and television.

Jose’s career highlights include winning numerous awards such as the Cannes Film Festival best actress trophy for her performance in Brillante Mendoza’s “Ma’ Rosa.” She was known for her “no-acting style of acting” and her dedication to independent filmmakers.

Her sudden death came as a shock to her colleagues in the industry, with Vilma Santos and Alfred Vargas expressing their deep sadness at the loss. Senator Jinggoy Estrada also filed a resolution to honor Jose, recognizing her contributions to Philippine cinema.

Despite her numerous accolades, Eigenmann emphasized that Jose’s greatest legacy will be the impact she had on the lives of those around her. Jose’s work, children, grandchildren, and the many lives she touched will ensure that her legacy lives on.

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