Aug. 24th, 1947
Los Angeles, California, USA
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Anne Archer was nominated for an Academy Award«, a Golden Globe and the British (BAFTA) Academy Award for her role as Michael Douglas (I)' sympathetic, tortured wife, Beth Gallagher, in Adrian Lyne╣s 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction (1987). Archer is also well-known for her poignant Golden Globe-winning performance in the ensemble cast of Robert Altman (I)╣s Short Cuts (1993) and for playing CIA agent Jack Ryan's beleaguered wife, Cathy, in Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994), both based on Tom Clancy (I) bestsellers.
She recently completed a starring role opposite Courteney Cox in the independent feature November (2004) and is currently in production on Revolution Studios' comedy _Man of the House (2005)_, portraying Prof. Molly McCarthy opposite Tommy Lee Jones. She will soon be seen in Showtime's provocative new series "The L Word" (2004) with Jennifer Beals (I), Mia Kirshner and Pam Grier.
Born into a show business family, she followed in the footsteps of her parents, actress Marjorie Lord (TV's "Make Room for Daddy" (1953)) and actor John Archer (I) (_White Heat (1960)_). Archer studied theatre arts at Claremont College before debuting on the motion picture screen opposite Jon Voight in The All-American Boy (1973). She won critical acclaim for her leading role in Lifeguard (1976/I) as Sam Elliott (I)'s old flame.
Throughout her motion picture career, Archer has starred opposite some of Hollywood's most dynamic and respected leading men, not only Michael Douglas (I) and Harrison Ford (I), but also Gene Hackman in Narrow Margin (1990), Tom Berenger in director Alan Rudolph's romantic comedy Love at Large (1990), Donald Sutherland (I) in _Eminent Domain_ (1995) and Sylvester Stallone in Paradise Alley (1978). In 2000 she appeared in _Art of War, The (2000/I)_ with Wesley Snipes and Rules of Engagement (2000) (her first project with Tommy Lee Jones), which was one of the box office hits in Spring of that year.
With husband Terry Jastrow (an Emmy-winning sports producer), she co-produced and starred in the feature Waltz Across Texas (1982), a modern romance set in the Texas oil fields. In 1998 Archer worked with husband Jastrow again as co-producer and co-host, with Isabella Rossellini, on ABC's "The World Fashion Premiere from Paris," a history-making two-hour special. Again the following year she served as a producer on the telecast. With complete backstage access, the shows spotlighted the haute couture shows of the most famous designers in the world.
Archer has essayed dramatic roles as complex and disparate characters in cable productions of equally distinct genres. She stared with Michael Murphy (I) in the contemporary romantic drama Indiscretion of an American Wife (1998) (TV) for Lifetime and opposite William Petersen in Present Tense, Past Perfect (1995) (TV), based on a bittersweet story by Richard Dreyfuss, who also directed the Showtime drama. Previously for the same network she portrayed Dennis Hopper's sexy former wife in the contemporary, gritty Nails (1992) (TV) and for HBO again starred with Jon Voight in the period piece The Last of His Tribe (1992) (TV).
Her television performances have also included Neil Simon (I)'s _Jakes' Women" (1996) (TV)_ opposite Alan Alda and CBS's _"Jane's House" (2000)_ opposite James Woods (I). Recently she received acclaim for a three episode arc on Fox-TV's series "Boston Public" (2000), created by David E. Kelley (I).
Her stage work includes the world premiere of "The Poison Tree" at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum, the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" in Massachusetts and the starring role in the London West End production of "The Graduate," for which she received rave reviews. Archer's New York stage debut was as Maude Mix in the celebrated Off-Broadway production of John Ford Noonan╣s "A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking."
- Her film performances in _Dark Summer (2000)_ (qv) and _Mojave Moon (1996)_ (qv) are the ones she is currently most proud of.
- Auditioned for the role of Lois Lane in _Superman (1978)_ (qv), but lost to 'Margot Kidder' (qv).
- (1995) Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#62).
- Daughter of 'John Archer (I)' (qv) and 'Marjorie Lord' (qv).
- Once did a TV commercial spot for Broncho Chevrolet, a car dealership in Odessa, Texas.
- Mother of two boys named Thomas Davis ('Tom Davis (VI)' (qv)) (b. August 18th 1972) and Jeffrey Tucker Jastrow (b. October 18th 1984).
- Has a brother named Gregg Archer and two younger half-siblings named John Archer and Lisa Archer.
- Miss Golden Globe 1971