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Anne Archer
Archer in 1989
Born (1947-08-24) August 24, 1947 (age 76)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materPitzer College
Years active1970–present
  • William Davis
    (m. 1969; div. 1977)
  • Terry Jastrow
    (m. 1979)
Children2, including Tommy Davis

Anne Archer (born August 24, 1947) is an American actress. Archer was named Miss Golden Globe in 1971,[1] and in the year following, appeared in her feature film debut The Honkers (1972). She had supporting roles in Cancel My Reservation (1972), The All-American Boy (1973), and Trackdown (1976), and appeared in Good Guys Wear Black (1978), Paradise Alley (1978) and Hero at Large (1980).

Archer earned widespread acclaim for starring as Beth in the erotic psychological thriller film Fatal Attraction (1987), which earned her nominations for the Academy Award, BAFTA Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Furthering this success was her role in Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993), which won her a Golden Globe Award and a Volpi Cup, and appearances in Paradise Alley (1978), Raise the Titanic (1980), Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994).

Since the 2000s, Archer has sporadically worked in acting. She appeared in the film Lullaby (2014) and made her stage debut as Mrs Robinson in the West End production of The Graduate in 2001. She played the eponymous actress in The Trial of Jane Fonda at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and had recurring roles on television shows such as Boston Public (2003), It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2006) and Ghost Whisperer (2006–2008).

Early life[edit]

Archer was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of actors John Archer and Marjorie Lord.[2] She graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, in 1968.[1]

Archer married William Davis in 1969. They had one son, Thomas William "Tommy" Davis, born on August 18, 1972. The couple divorced in 1977.[3] She married Terry Jastrow in 1979.[3] They have one son together, Jeffrey Tucker Jastrow, born on October 18, 1984.[3][4] She was originally a Christian Scientist,[5] but she and her husband have been members of the Church of Scientology since 1975.[6] Archer's stepfather was the Los Angeles banker and philanthropist Harry Volk.[7]

Between 1982 and 1986, she was a spokeswoman for Applied Scholastics, the literacy training organization sponsored by the Church of Scientology.[2][8] Her son Tommy was the head of the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre International in Los Angeles.[9][10] In 1991, Archer spoke publicly about her abortion in the book The Choices We Made: Twenty-Five Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion.[11]


Archer began her career after graduating from college. She appeared as Ramona in the "Ramona Pageant" in Hemet, California, before moving to New York. In the 1970s she appeared in television series, including Hawaii Five-O, The Mod Squad, Ironside, and Little House on the Prairie. She also was a regular cast member on the short-lived ABC sitcom Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice in 1973.[12][13] She was named Miss Golden Globe in 1971.[1]

Her first feature film was 1972 comedy The Honkers co-starring opposite James Coburn and Lois Nettleton. She later had supporting roles in Cancel My Reservation (1972), The All-American Boy (1973), and Trackdown (1976). In 1976, she had a female leading role in the drama film Lifeguard starring alongside Sam Elliott. She auditioned for the role of Lois Lane in the 1978 superhero film Superman, a role eventually awarded to Margot Kidder.[1] Archer continued to appear in feature films, including Good Guys Wear Black (1978) starring Chuck Norris, Paradise Alley (1978) opposite Sylvester Stallone, and Hero at Large (1980), co-starring John Ritter.

In early 1980s, Archer appeared in several smaller movies and made-for-television movies. In 1983, she moved to television with a leading role in the short-lived NBC drama series The Family Tree, playing a divorced woman with three children.[14] In 1985, she joined the cast of CBS prime time soap opera Falcon Crest, playing manipulative businesswoman Cassandra Wilder for one year. In 1987, she starred alongside Michael Douglas and Glenn Close in the psychological thriller film Fatal Attraction. The film became a huge box office success, and Archer was nominated for a BAFTA, Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Beth Gallagher.[1]

In 1990, she had leading roles in three movies: Love at Large alongside Tom Berenger, Narrow Margin, and Eminent Domain. She starred alongside Harrison Ford in the 1992 spy thriller film Patriot Games and its sequel Clear and Present Danger (1994). In 1993, she starred opposite Madonna and Willem Dafoe in the erotic thriller Body of Evidence; the film was widely panned and at the 14th Golden Raspberry Awards Archer received nomination for Worst Supporting Actress.[15] Later that year, she starred in the Robert Altman ensemble comedy-drama film Short Cuts, which received a special Golden Globe Award and Venice Film Festival Special Volpi Cup.

In 2000, Archer co-starred in the war film Rules of Engagement and the action film The Art of War. Her other notable film credits include Man of the House (2005) opposite Tommy Lee Jones, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009; also featured her former Fatal Attraction co-star Michael Douglas, although they shared no scenes together), and Lullaby (2014). In 2001, Archer portrayed Mrs. Robinson at the Gielgud Theatre in a West End production of The Graduate.

In 2014 and 2016, she played Jane Fonda in the premiere production of the play The Trial of Jane Fonda, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[16][17] Also in 2000s, she had recurring roles on several television shows such as Boston Public, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Ghost Whisperer. From 2008 to 2009, she starred in the short-lived CW comedy-drama Privileged.[12][18]



Year Title Role Notes
1972 The Honkers Deborah Moon
1972 Cancel My Reservation Crazy Hollister
1973 The All-American Boy Drenna Valentine
1976 Trackdown Barbara
1976 Lifeguard Cathy
1978 Good Guys Wear Black Margaret
1978 Paradise Alley Annie O'Sherlock
1980 Hero at Large Jolene Marsh
1980 Raise the Titanic Dana Archibald
1981 Green Ice Lillian Holbrook
1982 Waltz Across Texas Gail Weston
1984 The Naked Face Ann Blake
1985 Too Scared to Scream Kate Bridges
1986 The Check is in the Mail... Peggy Jackson
1987 Fatal Attraction Beth Gallagher Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1990 Love at Large Miss Dolan
1990 Narrow Margin Carol Hunnicut
1990 Eminent Domain Mira Borski
1992 Patriot Games Cathy Ryan
1993 Body of Evidence Joanne Braslow
1993 Family Prayers Rita Jacobs
1993 Short Cuts Claire Kane
1994 Clear and Present Danger Cathy Muller Ryan
1994 There Goes My Baby Narrator (voice)
1996 Mojave Moon Julie Rigby
1998 Nico the Unicorn Julie Hastings
2000 Innocents Beryl Denright
2000 Whispers: An Elephant's Tale Gentle Heart Voice
2000 Rules of Engagement Mrs. Mourain
2000 The Art of War Eleanor Hooks
2002 The Gray in Between Ursula
2003 Uncle Nino Marie Micelli
2004 November Carol Jacobs
2005 Man of the House Prof. Molly McCarthy
2005 The Iris Effect Sarah Hathaway
2006 Cut Off Louise
2006 End Game The First Lady
2008 Felon Maggie
2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Vonda Volkom
2010 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Gal 2000 (voice)
2014 Lullaby Rachel
2017 Trafficked Mother Monica

Television films[edit]

1975 Little House on the Prairie Kate Thorvald Notes
1973 The Blue Knight Laila
1974 The Mark of Zorro Teresa
1975 The Log of the Black Pearl Lila Bristol
1975 A Matter of Wife... and Death Carol
1976 The Dark Side of Innocence Nora Hancock Mulligan
1978 The Pirate Jordana Mason
1984 The Sky's No Limit Dr. Susan Keith Browning
1987 A Different Affair
1988 Leap of Faith Debby Franke Ogg
1992 The Last of His Tribe Henriette Kroeber
1992 Nails Mary Niles
1994 Jane's House Mary Parker
1994 Because Mommy Works Abby
1995 The Man in the Attic Krista Heldmann
1996 Jake's Women Maggie
1998 Indiscretion of an American Wife Julia Burton
1998 My Husband's Secret Life Theresa "Sissy" Sullivan
2002 Night of the Wolf Claire McNichol
2007 Judicial Indiscretion Monica Barrett
2008 Family Practice Helena Kinglare

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1970 Men at Law Annette Porter Episode: "Shadows of Doubt"
1970 Hawaii Five-0 Jane Michaels Episode: "Beautiful Screamer"
1971 The F.B.I. Lynne Ashton Episode: "Downfall"
1971 Mod Squad Jennifer Episode: "Color of Laughter, Color of Tears"
1971 Ironside Myra St. John Episode: "Murder Impromptu"
1971 Alias Smith and Jones Ellen Lewis Episode: "Shootout at Diablo Station"
1971 Love, American Style Louise Segment: "Love and the Fountain of Youth"
1972 The Sixth Sense Elizabeth Danbury Episode: "Can a Dead Man Strike from the Grave?"
1973 Mannix Anne Avery Episode: "A Problem of Innocence"
1973 Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice Carol Sanders 12 episodes
1974 Harry O Sharon Dempsey Episode: "Guardian at the Gates"
1975 Little House on the Prairie Kate Thorvald Episode: "Doctor's Lady"
1975 Petrocelli Sherril Brewster Episode: "Shadow of Fear"
1975–1976 Switch Laurie 3 episodes
1976 McCloud Wilhelmina Kirk Episode: "Our Man in the Harem"
1976 Petrocelli Episode: "Shadow of a Doubt"
1976 Harry O Felicia Applequist Episode: "The Mysterious Case of Lester and Dr. Fong"
1977 Seventh Avenue Myrna Gold 3 episodes
1983 The Family Tree Annie Benjamin Nichols 6 episodes
1985 Falcon Crest Cassandra Wilder 22 episodes
1994 Leslie's Folly Leslie TV short
1995 Present Tense, Past Perfect Kate TV short
1999 Camino de Santiago Isabelle Derek 3 episodes
2000 Beggars and Choosers Beverly Boyden Episode: "Moles, Meatloaf, and Myrna Loy"
2003 Boston Public Patricia Emerson 3 episodes
2004 The L Word Lenore Pieszecki 3 episodes
2006 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Barbara Reynolds 3 episodes
2006–2008 Ghost Whisperer Beth Gordon 4 episodes
2008–2009 Privileged Laurel Limoges 13 episodes
2016 The Grinder Lenore Episode: "For the People"
2018 Law & Order: SVU Trudy Morris Episode: "Mama"
2022 The Dropout Charlotte Shultz Miniseries

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1974 53rd Photoplay Awards New Female Star Nominated
1988 45th Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress Fatal Attraction Nominated
60th Academy Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1989 42nd British Academy Film Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
1993 50th Venice International Film Festival Special Volpi Cup for Best Ensemble Cast Short Cuts Won
1994 51st Golden Globe Awards Special Award for Ensemble Won
14th Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Supporting Actress Body of Evidence Nominated
2017 18th Women's Image Network Awards Humanitarian Award Honored


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