During the past 80 years, Jacquie Svidran has transformed herself into a menagerie of unique and memorable characters.
On stage she has played roles ranging from a jovial Catholic nun to a Jewish matchmaker to Queen Victoria.
Television audiences in Alaska knew her as “Mother Moose,” a role that required her to wear a 75-pound puppet head.
“I had a brake cable inside that I pulled to make the eyes roll, and these bosoms were as big as basketballs,” she said, describing the costume. “I could only wear it about 15 minutes, then I’d have to take it off and rest.”
In the movies, she has portrayed a bag lady and a mourner at a funeral. Those small movie roles included scenes in “Pandora’s Clock,” with Richard Dean Anderson, “The Beans of Egypt, Maine,” with Martha Plimpton and “Prefontaine” with Jared Leto.