Anne Archer was nominated for an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe and the British (BAFTA) Academy Award for her role as Michael Douglas’ sympathetic, tortured wife, Beth Gallagher, in Adrian Lyne’s 1987 thriller, “Fatal Attraction.” She won a Golden Globe for her poignant performance in the ensemble cast of Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts,” and is well-known for playing CIA agent Jack Ryan’s beleaguered wife, Cathy, in “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger” with Harrison Ford.
This year she produced her first feature film “The Squeeze” written and directed by her husband Terry Jastrow and scheduled for release in the spring of 2015.
Last year she completed production on the feature film “Lullaby,” which explores with tremendous humor the power of life. The ensemble cast features Garrett Hedlund (“On The Road” and the upcoming Coen brother’s film "Inside Llewyn Davis.") In addition to Anne, the cast also includes four other Academy Award Nominees: Richard Jenkins, Amy Adams, Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard. The film written and directed by Andrew Levitas, will premiere later this year.
In 2009 she co-starred in the CW series “Privileged,” as Laurel Limoges, the brilliant, jet-setting founder of an international cosmetics empire who hires a Yale graduate to tutor her twin teenage granddaughters. She was also seen on the big screen in the romantic comedy “Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past,” in which she plays a sultry, estranged wife who more than catches Matthew McConaughey’s eye, co-starring Jennifer Garner and Michael Douglas.
For two seasons she played Jennifer Love Hewitt’s strong yet vulnerable mother on CBS’ popular “Ghost Whisperer,” and previously appeared in Showtime’s provocative series “The L Word.”
Throughout her motion picture career, Anne has starred opposite some of Hollywood’s most dynamic and respected leading men, not only Harrison Ford and Michael Douglas, but also Tommy Lee Jones in both “Man Of The House” and the box office hit “Rules Of Engagement”, Gene Hackman in “Narrow Margin,” Sylvester Stallone in “Paradise Alley” and Wesley Snipes and Donald Sutherland in “The Art of War.”
In 1998 she worked with husband Terry Jastrow as co-producer and co-host, with Isabella Rossellini, on ABC’s “The World Fashion Premiere from Paris,” a history-making two-hour special. The following year she served as producer on the telecast. These telecasts were the first to be allowed full access to the haute couture shows of the most famous designers in the world.
Born into a show business family, she followed in the footsteps of her parents, actress Marjorie Lord (TV’s “Make Room for Daddy”) and actor John Archer (“White Heat”). Anne studied theatre arts at Claremont College before debuting on the motion picture screen opposite Jon Voight in “The All-American Boy.” She won critical acclaim for her leading role in “Lifeguard” as Sam Elliott’s old flame.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America appointed her as their first National Public Advocacy Chairman; and she served in this role for seven years. In recognition of this commitment, Ms. Magazine honored her as one of their six “Women of the Year” (1988).
In 2006 she founded Artists for Human Rights (AFHR) with the purpose of bringing artists together with the common cause of promoting human rights and activism by raising awareness of those rights as laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. AFHR works inclusively with allied organizations to bring artistic expression to bear in the human rights arena through a multitude of artistic campaigns and international partnerships thus increasing responsibility, peace and tolerance around the world.