Oh Jackie!

NEW YORK — The stereotypical museum director’s wife is not the kind of woman who picks up a black patent leather catsuit at the mall on the offhand chance that she’ll need it someday. But then, actress Jacqueline Anderson...

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She says her husband has always encouraged her to dress however she wants.

"She’s always been — since she was very young — eager to define a realm for herself and not be in lockstep with what’s approved," Maxwell Anderson says. "And one of her many charms is her innate sense of how to mix things up and stir things up. She enjoys making a gesture that’s unanticipated." The couple, who share a 19-year age difference, met at Emory University in Atlanta while she was a student and he was the director of the Carlos Museum, and have a seven-year-old son, Chase, together.

When he was appointed the director of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Jacqueline, at age 20, headed to Toronto. "It was a little intimidating at first being a museum director’s wife. For a while, I tried to be a little more conservative — it’s a pretty staid crowd," she says. "But now, I’m like, you know what? This is who I am."

Her theatrical style has also come in handy on the set. She’s a regular on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and has appeared on "Ed" and "Hack," as well as in films like "Investigating Sex" and the upcoming "Chester Story" and "Jesus, Mary and Joey." Not surprisingly, she often incorporates her own wardrobe into her roles. Like when she landed the part of Delilah in "Half-Baked" as a vixen who totes an electric bow and arrow, she knew just what costume the role demanded.

One black patent leather catsuit that was hanging in her closet.
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