Anne Archer: American actress (1947-)
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Anne Archer
American actress

Anne Archer

Anne Archer
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Intro American actress
Is Actor Film actor Stage actor Television actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 24 August 1947, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Age 76 years
Star sign Virgo
Mother: Marjorie Lord
Father: John Archer (actor)
Children: Tommy Davis
Pitzer College
Golden Globe Ambassador 1970
IAS Freedom Medal  
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Anne Archer (born August 24, 1947) is an American actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1987 film Fatal Attraction. Her other film appearances include Paradise Alley (1978), Patriot Games (1992), Short Cuts (1993), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and Lullaby (2014). 

On stage, she starred as Mrs. Robinson in the West End production of The Graduate in 2001, and in the title role of The Trial of Jane Fonda at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Early life

Archer was born on August 24, 1947, in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actors John Archer and Marjorie Lord.

She is a graduate of Pitzer College in Claremont, California (1968.)


Archer began acting professionally after finishing her graduation from Pitzer College. She appeared as Ramona in the "Ramona Pageant" in Hemet, California before moving to New York. 

She made her screen debut in 1970, in the role of Annette Porter in an episode of Men at Law. Her other TV credits in the early 70s include Hawaii Five-O, The Mod Squad, Ironside, and Little House on the Prairie. She was a regular on the short-lived sitcom Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice in 1973.

Archer was named Miss Golden Globe in 1971. 

Archer's first feature film was The Honkers (1972) co-starring opposite James Coburn and Lois Nettleton. The same year, she was seen in Paul Bogart's mystery-comedy Cancel My Reservation, starring Bob Hope and Eva Marie Saint. In 1976, she starred as Cathy in Lifeguard, opposite Sam Elliott.

Archer was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Beth Gallagher in the film Fatal Attraction (1987). Her other prominent film roles include Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994). 

In 2001, Archer portrayed Mrs. Robinson at the Gielgud Theatre in a West End production of The Graduate. Also in the 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 The CW comedy-drama Privileged.

In 2014, she played Jane Fonda in the premier production of the play The Trial of Jane Fonda, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Most recently, Archer played FBI Director Jordan in two episodes of the TV series Paper Empire. She is also working on Stephen Savage's drama Ulysses Coyote, in which she will be sharing the screen with Mhairi Calvey and Emily Peachey. The release date is yet to be announced. 

Personal life

Archer married William Davis in 1969; the couple divorced in 1977. They had one son, Thomas William "Tommy" Davis, born on August 18, 1972. 

She married Terry Jastrow in 1979 and had one son together, Jeffrey Tucker Jastrow, born on October 18, 1984.

Archer was originally a Christian Scientist, but she and her husband have been members of the Church of Scientology since 1975. Between 1982 and 1986, she was a spokeswoman for Applied Scholastics, the literacy training organization sponsored by the Church of Scientology. Her son Tommy Davis was the head of the Church of Scientology's Celebrity Centre International in Los Angeles.

In 1991, Archer spoke out about her abortion in the book The Choices We Made: Twenty-Five Women and Men Speak Out About Abortion.



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  
1980 Hero at Large Jolene Marsh  
1980 Raise the Titanic Dana Archibald  
1981 Green Ice 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 Golden Globe Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Venice Film Festival Special Volpi Cup Award 
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  
2014 Lullaby Rachel  
2017 Trafficked Mother Monica  

Television films

Year Title Role 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 Pirates Jordana Mason  
1984 The Sky's No Limit Dr. Susan Keith Browning  
1987 A Different Affair N/A  
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

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 N/A 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" 
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