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 Lyne¹s 1987 thriller, “Fatal Attraction.” She won a Golden Globe for her poignant performance in the ensemble cast of Robert Altman¹s “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.
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.”
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 Elliott¹s old flame.
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.
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 raising awareness of human rights around the world through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and activism. 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. In the short time since AFHR was founded they have produced over 25 major events. Anne has tirelessly fought for human rights across the globe for nearly two decades. She has, alongside other artists, led protest marches in uneven streets, testified before Congress, addressed the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and met quietly and openly with State Department officials and Parliamentary leaders around the world, always bringing her creativity and passion to the fight.
Recently, Anne received a Humanitarian Award for her human rights work from Mayor Villaraigosa, and a Global Leadership Award from the Global Action Forum celebrating celebrities, corporate leaders, and United Nations agencies across numerous philanthropic platforms.