Anne Archer
Birth Date:
August 24, 1947
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, USA
Famous for:
Her role in 'Fatal Attraction' (1987)
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Fatal Attraction


Academy Award-nominated actress Anne Archer, the daughter of actors Marjorie Lord and John Archer, garnered rave reviews for her portrayal of Beth Gallagher in the smash hit thriller "Fatal Attraction" (1987, also starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close).

Making her film debut in the western movie starring James Coburn, "The Honkers" (1972), Archer has starred in such films as "Lifeguard" (1976), "Hero at Large" (1980), "Raise the Titanic" (1980), "Waltz Across Texas" (1982), "Patriot Games" (1992), "Short Cuts" (1993), "Clear and Present Danger" (1994), "Rules of Engagement" (2000), "The Art of War" (2000), "The Iris Effect" (2004), "November" (2004), "Man of the House" (2005) and "End Game" (2006).

Next, she will star in the upcoming films "Felon," "Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey" (voice), "The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "Antique" and "Freedom for Joe."

On television, Archer played Carol Sanders on ABC’s sitcom based on the hit 1969 comedy-drama film "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice" (1973) and portrayed Cassandra Wilder (1985) on the CBS primetime soap opera "Falcon Crest." She also had recurring roles in "Boston Public," "The L Word," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "Ghost Whisperer." She will play Laurel Limoges in the upcoming drama series "Privileged," which is slated to premiere on The CW Television Network in the 2008 fall television season.

The 5' 7" “Miss Golden Globe 1971,” who once did a TV commercial for Broncho Chevrolet, a car dealership in Odessa, Texas, was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the “100 Sexiest Stars in Film History” (#62) in 1995.

Church of Scientology

Childhood and Family:

Daughter to actress Marjorie Lord and actor John Archer, Anne Archer was born on August 24, 1947, in Los Angeles, California, where she studied theater arts at Claremont Men's College. She has one brother named Gregg Archer.

After her parents divorced, Anne's father remarried and gave her two half siblings, John and Lisa Archer. Her father died of lung cancer on December 5, 1999, at age 84.

From August 16, 1969, to March 1977, Anne was married to William Davis, with whom she has one son, Thomas W Davis (born on August 18, 1972). On December 10, 1978, she married Terry Jastrow, and has one son with him, Jeffrey Tucker Jastrow (born on October 18, 1984). In 1982, Anne and Jastrow wrote, produced, and starred in the pleasant romance "Waltz Across Texas."

A longtime member of the Church of Scientology, Anne now serves as the International Spokesperson for Applied Scholastics International, which is affiliated with the church. Her son, Tom Davis, is the head of the church's Celebrity Center. Anne also has been an active supporter of Planned Parenthood and a supporter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights.

Patriot Games


Born to a family of actors, Anne Archer followed in her parents' footsteps and honed in on her craft at Claremont Men's College, during which time she appeared as Ramona in the 1969 version of "Ramona.”

In her early 20s, she was spotted as a guest in an episode of CBS’ drama series "Storefront Lawyers," CBS’ crime drama "Hawaii Five-O," ABC’s crime drama "The F.B.I.," ABC’s police drama "The Mod Squad," NBC’s drama starring Raymond Burr, "Ironside," ABC’s western "Alias Smith and Jones," ABC’s "Love, American Style," ABC’s paranormal thriller series starring Gary Collins and Catherine Ferrar, "The Sixth Sense," and CBS’ detective show starring Mike Connors, "Mannix."

After being selected “Miss Golden Globe 1971,” Archer made her big screen debut in director Steve Ihnat's western movie starring James Coburn, "The Honkers" (1972), and Paul Bogart's adaptation of Louis L'Amour's novel, "Cancel My Reservation" (1972), starring Bob Hope.

In 1973, Archer got her first lead role on television when she was cast as Carol Sanders, opposite Robert Urich's Bob Sanders, David Speilberg's Ted Henderson, and Anita Gillette's Alice Henderson, on ABC’s sitcom based on the hit 1969 comedy-drama film directed by Paul Mazursky, "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice."

After appearing in writer/director Charles Eastman's boxing drama film "The All-American Boy" (1973), in which she co-starred with Jon Voight, Archer starred in a string of made-for-television movies. She appeared in the Golden Globe-winning, novel-based crime drama "The Blue Knight" (1973; starring William Holden), the remake of "The Mark of Zorro" (1974; starring Frank Langella), the unsold TV series pilot "The Log of the Black Pearl" (1975; starring Kiel Martin), the mystery crime drama "A Matter of Wife... and Death" (1976), the dramatic "The Dark Side of Innocence" (1976; with Joanna Pettet, John Anderson, and Kim Hunter), and the novel-based drama "The Pirate" (1978), in which she played the female lead. She also co-starred with Jane Seymour in the miniseries based on the novel by Norman Bogner, "Seventh Avenue" (1977).

Archer also guest-starred in NBC’s show loosely adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s best-selling series of children's book, "Little House on the Prairie," "McCloud,” "Switch,” "Petrocelli," and ABC’s crime drama starring David Janssen, "Harry O."

As for the big screen, Archer could be seen in Richard T. Heffron's "Trackdown" (1976) and Daniel Petrie's romantic drama feature "Lifeguard" (1976), in which she starred as Sam Elliott's high-school sweetheart Cathy. She also played the female lead in Ted Post's action adventure film starring Chuck Norris, "Good Guys Wear Black" (1978), and in the dramatic movie "Paradise Alley" (1978), which was written, directed, and starred in by Sylvester Stallone.

In the early '80s, Archer made her New York (off-Broadway) stage debut in "A Couple White Chicks Sitting Around Talking." Afterward, she returned to the big screen and starred with John Ritter in Martin Davidson's comedy "Hero at Large." She then appeared with Jason Robards, Richard Jordan, and David Selby in Jerry Jameson's big screen version of a 1976 adventure novel by Clive Cussler, "Raise the Titanic," and opposite Ryan O'Neal in the caper film by Ernest Day, "Green Ice," which was inspired by Gerald A. Browne's novel.

She also starred as starred in Ernest Day's independent drama film "Waltz Across Texas" (1982), with Roger Moore in Bryan Forbes's take on Sidney Sheldon's novel, "The Naked Face" (1984), and alongside Mike Connors in Tony Lo Bianco's thriller "Too Scared to Scream" (1985). Anne next starred in the short-lived family drama series "The Family Tree" (1983), and acted opposite Sharon Gless and Dee Wallace in the true story-based TV movie "The Sky's No Limit" (1984).

The mid '80s saw Archer portray Cassandra Wilder in the CBS primetime soap opera "Falcon Crest and spend the rest of the decade acting in the TV movies "A Different Affair" (1987) and the true story-based "Leap of Faith" (1988), in which she starred as a cancer victim. She also starred opposite Brian Dennehy in Joan Darling's independent comedy movie "The Check Is in the Mail..." (1986).

The smash hit "Fatal Attraction" (1987, directed by Adrian Lyne) proved to be Archer's breakthrough role. Her portrayal of Beth Gallagher, the sexy and sympathetic wife of a man (played by Michael Douglas) who has a weekend affair with a woman (played by Glenn Close) who becomes obsessed with him, earned her a Best Actress in a Supporting Role nomination at the Academy Awards. She also received nominations at the AFTA Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and the Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture.

Following her big break, Archer played Dr. Cathy Ryan, the wife of Harrison Ford's Jack Ryan, in Phillip Noyce's film adaptation of Tom Clancy's novel, "Patriot Games" (1992). She would reprise the role in the 1994 film, "Clear and Present Danger." She was then seen in Robert Altman's "Short Cuts" (1993) and was nominated for a Razzie Award the following year for Worst Supporting Actress for her work in the film “Body of Evidence” (1993).

Hitting the new millennium, Archer acted in the L.A. stage production "The Poison Tree" and played the wife of an American ambassador in William Friedkin's drama movie starring Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones, "Rules of Engagement." The next year, she received rave reviews for her role in “The Vagina Monologues” at Canon Theatre (May; 2001), and replaced Amanda Donohoe in the role of Mrs. Robinson in the London stage version of "The Graduate" (June; 2001). In 2004, she co-starred with Joe Mantegna in "Uncle Nino" and starred as Courteney Cox's mother in the drama "November."

Anne recently appeared in the films "Man of the House" (2005; starring Tommy Lee Jones, Cedric the Entertainer, and Christina Milian), "Cut Off" (2006; with Malcolm McDowell and Faye Dunaway), and "End Game" (2006; starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Angie Harmon, and James Woods). She also starred in the TV movies "Judicial Indiscretion" (2007) and "Family Practice" (2008) and now plays Beth Gordon on the CBS supernatural series starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, "Ghost Whisperer."

Next, Archer will star in the upcoming films "Felon," a drama written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh starring Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff, "Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey," an animated sci-fi film in which she will provide her voice alongside Christian Slater, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and "The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," a Mark Waters' romantic comedy film that is a new take on Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and stars Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. She will also team up with Kristen Bell, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kevin Zegers, and William H. Macy in writer/director Renji Philip's drama film "Antique" and with Lee Burns and David Paladino in Stephen Bridgewater's "Freedom for Joe."

Additionally, TV viewers will catch her in the upcoming drama series "Privileged," which is slated to premiere on The CW Television Network in the 2008 fall television season. In the show that stars former “Reba” star Joanna Garcia, and is based on the Alloy Entertainment book "How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls" by best-selling author Zoey Dean, Archer will portray cosmetic mogul Laurel Limoges.


  • Golden Globe: Best Ensemble Cast, "Short Cuts," 1994

  • Venice Film Festival: Volpi Cup - Best Ensemble Cast, "Short Cuts," 1993

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