Award-winning movie and television actress Anne Archer was born on August 24, 1947 in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of actors Marjorie Lord and John Archer, and had her first major film role in 1970’s The All-American Boy. She was cast opposite Jon Voight. During the early 1980s, Archer worked off-Broadway to continue her acting career. She auditioned for the role of Lois Lane in Superman: The Movie, but it was given to Margot Kidder. She went on to star in several television shows before landing her breakthrough role in the 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction. She portrayed Michael Douglas’ unfaithful wife and earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She was next seen on two adaptations of Tom Clancy novels, Patriot Games in 1992 and Clear and Present Danger in 1994, opposite Harrison Ford.
In 1993, Anne Archer appeared in Robert Altman’s film Short Cuts. Her other film credits include Narrow Margin, Eminent Domain, Body of Evidence, and Family Prayers. She soon accepted the lead role of Mrs. Robinson in the London West End production of The Graduate, and received outstanding reviews for her performance. Archer has continued to appear on several television shows, playing recurring characters. She was in Boston Public in 2003, The L Word in 2004, and the comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. She was also seen as Beth Gordon on The Ghost Whisperer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt. She was also cast in movies like End Game and Cut Off, both in 2006. In 2008, she was cast as Maggie in the drama Felon, also starring Val Kilmer and Stephen Dorff. Archer also plays Laurel Limoges, founder of an international cosmetics empire in the drama Privileged. She also devotes her time to Artists for Human Rights (AFHR), an organization she founded in 2006. It brings together artists for the common cause of raising awareness on human rights worldwide.