Anne Archer

Anne Archer Biography

Anne Archer (born August 24, 1947) is an American actress who has performed in feature films, television, and stage and was named Miss Golden Globe in 1971. She has appeared in a wide range of films such as Paradise Alley, Short Cuts, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Man of the House and Fatal Attraction, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.


Archer's first TV appearance was in 1970 on the series Men at Law. Her first feature film was The Honkers (1972). Archer was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role as Beth Gallagher in Adrian Lyne's 1987 blockbuster Fatal Attraction. She played a deceived, then violently protective mother of a six-year old daughter, and wife of stalked philanderer Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas), whose weekend tryst with mentally unstable book editor Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) results in more than he bargained for. Her other prominent movie roles include Patriot Games (1993) and Clear and Present Danger (1994). In 2001 Archer portrayed 'Mrs. Robinson' at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End production of The Graduate. She has made several appearances on television, including Hawaii Five-0, Beautiful Screamer, Little House on the Prairie, Falcon Crest, Boston Public, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Privileged and Ghost Whisperer playing Melinda's mother.

Personal life

Archer was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actors Marjorie Lord and John Archer. Archer married William Davis in 1969 though the couple divorced in the mid-1970s. She then married Terry Jastrow in 1979. Archer has two sons, one from each marriage.


Archer, who was originally a Christian Scientist, and her husband Terry Jastrow have been members of the Church of Scientology since 1975. Between 1982 and 1986 Archer 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, California.


Year Title Role Notes
1972 ' Deborah Moon
1972 Cancel My Reservation Crazy Hollister
1973 ' Drenna Valentine
1976 Trackdown Barbara
1976 Lifeguard Cathy
1978 Good Guys Wear Black Margaret
1978 Paradise Alley Annie
1980 Hero at Large J. Marsh
1980 Raise the Titanic Dana Archibald
1981 Green Ice Holbrook
1982 Waltz Across Texas Gail Weston
1984 ' Ann Blake
1985 Too Scared to Scream Kate Bridges
1986 ' Peggy Jackson
1987 Fatal Attraction Beth Gallagher
1990 Love at Large Miss Dolan
1990 Narrow Margin 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
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 ' Eleanor Hooks
2002 ' Ursula
2003 Uncle Nino Marie Micelli
2004 November Carol Jacobs
2005 Man of the House Prof. Molly McCarthy
2005 ' Sarah Hathaway
2006 Cut Off Louise
2006 End Game The First Lady
2008 Felon Maggie
2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Vonda Volkom
2013 Lullaby Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1970 Men at Law Annette Porter Episode: "Shadows of Doubt"
1970 Hawaii Five-0 Jane Michaels Episode: "Beautiful Screamer"
1971 ' 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 Episode: "Love and the Fountain of Youth"
1972 ' 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
1973 ' Laila TV movie
1974 ' Teresa TV movie
1974 Harry O Sharon Dempsey Episode: "Guardian at the Gates"
1975 ' Lila Bristol TV movie
1975 Little House on the Prairie Kate Thorvald Episode: "Doctor's Lady"
1975 Petrocelli Sherril Brewster Episode: "Shadow of Fear"
1975 Switch Laurie Episode: "The Old Diamond Game"
Episode: "The Cold War Con"
1976 Switch Laurie Episode: "Big Deal in Paradise"
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"
1976 ' Carol TV movie
1976 ' Nora Hancock Mulligan TV movie
1977 Seventh Avenue Myrna Gold TV miniseries
1978 ' Jordana Mason TV movie
1983 ' Annie Benjamin Nichols TV series
1984 ' Dr. Susan Keith Browning TV movie
1985 Falcon Crest Cassandra Wilder 22 episodes
1987 ' TV movie
1988 Leap of Faith Debby Franke Ogg TV movie
1992 ' Henriette Kroeber TV movie
1992 Nails Mary Niles TV movie
1994 Jane's House Mary Parker TV movie
1994 Leslie's Folly Leslie TV short
1994 Because Mommy Works Abby TV movie
1995 ' Krista Heldmann TV movie
1995 Present Tense, Past Perfect Kate TV short
1996 Jake's Women Maggie TV movie
1998 Indiscretion of an American Wife Julia Burton TV movie
1998 My Husband's Secret Life Theresa 'Sissy' Sullivan TV movie
1999 Camino de Santiago Isabelle Derek TV miniseries
2000 Beggars and Choosers Episode: "Moles, Meatloaf, and Myrna Loy"
2002 Night of the Wolf Claire McNichol TV movie
2003 Boston Public Patricia Emerson 3 episodes
2004 ' Lenore Pieszecki 3 episodes
2006 Ghost Whisperer Beth Gordon Episode: "Melinda's First Ghost"
Episode: "The Vanishing"
2006 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Barbara Reynolds 3 episodes
2007 Judicial Indiscretion Monica Barrett TV movie
2007 Ghost Whisperer Beth Gordon Episode: "The Underneath"
2008 Ghost Whisperer Beth Gordon Episode: "Pater Familias"
2008 Family Practice Helena Kinglare TV movie
2008-2009 Privileged Laurel Limoges 18 episodes

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