The daughter of actors John Archer and Marjorie Lord, noted actress Anne Archer began her own career in the early 1970s, landing her first important film role in the 1972 Bob Hope comedy Cancel My Reservation. A year later, Archer played the Natalie Wood part in a TV-sitcom adaptation of Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice. Often cast in vulnerable, imperiled roles, the actress gave one of her most memorable performances as Michael Douglas' wife in Fatal Attraction (1987), for which she earned an Oscar nomination. She also proved her mettle as the wife of Harrison Ford in both Patriot Games (1992) and Clear and Present Danger (1994). In addition to being one of the industry's most reliable onscreen spouses, Archer has done solid work in such films as Robert Altman's Short Cuts (1993), in which she played a woman racked with moral conflict over her husband's questionable behavior during a weekend fishing trip. Archer continued doing supporting roles in films, while building a strong TV resume with recurring guest spots on shows like It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The L Word and Ghost Whisperer.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Father was actor John Archer, announcer for the radio series The Shadow, who voiced the famous tagline, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!"
- Was Miss Golden Globe in 1971.
- Auditioned for the role of Lois Lane in the movie Superman, a role eventually awarded to Margot Kidder.
- A longtime member of the Church of Scientology, she is the international spokesperson for their affiliated magazine, Applied Scholastics.
- Founded the non-profit organization Artists for Human Rights.
- Took over the role of Mrs. Robinson in the West End's production of The Graduate for the summer of 2001.