Cussler described Dana as a marine-archaeologist who works for NUMA with blond hair woman, coffee-brown eyes and is married to Gene Seagram. But in the film, the producers have her as Dana Archibald and dating Gene Seagram who works as a reporter for the Washington Star. Again, as what was done to Jason Robards, Richard Jordan David Selby & Alec Guinness, they didn’t give Ms. Archer enough room to expand her character.
Below is information about Ms. Archer’s career.
Biography (Press Kit)
Anne Archer counts the year 1979 as the best to date in her career as an actress. She began it with a starring role opposite John Ritter in the romantic comedy, “Hero At Large,” filmed in February, and completed the year with another starring role, this time with Jason Robards, Richard Jordan and David Selby in “Raise The Titanic!” opening on August 1 throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Anne is the only actress playing a leading role in the contemporary action-adventure drama. She is cast as a vivacious journalist–a reporter on the Washington Star, who is in love with two of the most important men assigned by the U.S. government to find and raise the wreck of the Titanic. She personally was selected for the role by producer William Frye and director Jerry Jameson, and it is considered a major coup for a young actress on the rise.
“Raise The Titanic!” was filmed in a dozen U.S. locations and in Europe. Anne worked in the sequences filmed in Washington and in Greece. A beautiful brunette with a stunning figure, Anne portrays a sophisticated, liberated career woman and the characterization is her finest to date.
Born in Los Angeles on August 25, Anne Archer is the daughter of actress Marjorie Lord and actor John Archer, and Anne’s early years were spent in the environment of the theatre. She began to study singing, dancing and the piano at an early age.
She attended an exclusive private school, Marlborough School for Girls, then enrolled at Claremont College to work for a degree in theatre arts. She was graduated and went immediately into stock productions, appearing in such classic plays as George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms And The Man,” Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and Lillian Hellman’s “The Little Foxes.”
Anne’s first major professional role came with a national tour of “Glad Tidings” with Ann Sothern, and experience she describes as “memorable.” Following that, she continued to travel around the United States playing leading roles in major summer stock theatres.
Her first motion picture role was in “The All-American Boy” with john Voight, which she landed after her first audition reading with writer-director Charles Eastman. It was followed by a role in “The Honkers” with James Coburn and another in “Cancel My reservation” with Bob Hope. Her sophisticated elegance again was emphasized in the role of a call girl in “Trackdown,” which was followed by the role of Sam Elliott’s former girlfriend in the sleeper film, “Lifeguard.” She next was cast opposite Sylvester Stallone in “Paradise Alley,” then in the female lead in the mini-series based on Harold Robbins’ novel, “The Pirate.”
Anne’s earlier roles had included gust-star appearances on most major television series, most notably in the starring role in the original “Blue Knight” mini-series with William Holden.
She got to meet the challenge of a new artistic milieu when she portrayed a lesbian on the NBC-TV mini-series, “Seventh Avenue.” To prepare for the role, she undertook psychological research on the world of female homosexuality which helped her to create an entire life history for her character.
Anne continues to perfect her craft as a student of director/drama coach Milton Katselas, who has emerged as one of the major drama instructors in the American theatre. She next will appear, co-starred with Ryan O’Neal, in Lord Grade’s ITC Production of “Green Ice,” a drama of intrigue in the international emerald market, to film in Mexico and England and to be released in the U.S. and Canada by AFD (Associated Film Distribution)
When no occupied with her career, Anne enjoys collecting fine art, with sculpture her first love. She is the proud possessor of a sculpture by Andrea Cashella, who she met in Milan. Her favorite sports are skiing and tennis.
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BIG OR SMALL–IF ROLE IS RIGHT ANNE ARCHER WILL PLAY IT
Tough as the odds are to reach stardom in the movies, the chances of picking the right script once you’ve arrived is astronomically higher.
So says actress Anne Archer, who’s now glowing because she’s obviously made the right choice in agreeing to play the leading female role in “Raise The Titanic!” opening throughout the country on Friday, August 1.
Just last year proved a bummer for Anne, however. Ruefully, she points out, she had turned down a firm offer from director Norman Jewison to star opposite Al Pacino in the important film, “. . . and Justice For All.”
“I didn’t think I was right for the part,” said Anne frankly, during the filming of “Raise The Titanic!” on location in Washington, D.C.
In “raise The Titanic!” Anne is cast as a journalist on the Washington Star who is in love with the brilliant scientist heading a project to locate the wreck of the ill-fated luxury liner and raise it to the surface of the North Atlantic in order to recover material aboard vital to America’s defense. Her lover, who knows nothing of her past, works closely with another key man in the U.S. government-sponsored effort with whom she had a very warm, but short-lived affair a few years before. the actors who play her lovers are Richard Jordan and David Selby.
“I’m winning now, but I’ve lost a few also,” Anne says, reflecting on her career choices. “For my screen debut, I was chosen to lay opposite Jon Voight in ‘All-American Boy.’ Although the critics praised the film the boxoffice returns were disappointing. That’s one way an actress can lose without even rolling the dice.”
Just before beginning her role in “Raise The Titanic!,” Anne was offered the co-starring role with John Ritter in the romantic comedy, “Hero At Large,” which proved to be a wise move. It followed two major starring credits previously–in the sleeper film, “Lifeguard,” and opposite Sylvester Stallone in “Paradise Alley.”
Would she always accept a minor part if she felt the role was exactly right for her?
“If I feel the part is right, and I know that the producers and the director want me, I’d go for broke. Always,” she insists.
“Actors are trusting souls, and we must go by gut-level instinct, even after our agents and business managers weigh all the odds.”
Anne has met bad odds more than once. Without hesitation, she picked the challenge of a new artistic milieu when she portrayed a lesbian in the mini-sries, “Seventh Avenue.” To prepare for the role–one a cautious actress wouldn’t touch with white gloves–she undertook psychological research on the world of female homosexuality which helped her to create an entire life history for her charcter in the film. Then, she played it to the hilt and it brought her favorable response.
“For applause and gold,” she laughs. “In that order. And, of course, for the excitement of betting on a long shot.”
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Best known for her role as Michael Douglas’s wife in the 1987 summer hit Fatal Attraction. Ms. Archer was born August 25, 1947 in Los Angeles, California by Actor John Archer and actress Marjorie Lord, best known for her role opposite Danny Thomas in the popular TV show “Make Room for Daddy.”
Ms. Archer went to Claremont College where she majored in theater arts and in 1970 she starred in her first role opposite John Voight in “The All-American Boy. In 1972, Ms. Archer co-starred in “Cancel My Reservation with Bob Hope. She would later be seen in some made-for-TV movies like “The Blue Knight” in 1973 and “The Mark of Zorro in 1974. In 1976, Ms. Archer would play Sam Elliott’s old flame in “Lifeguard” and would later play as Chuck Norris’s first leading lady in “Good Guys Wear Black in 1977. She would later audition for the role as Lois Lane in the box-office hit Superman but would eventually lose the part to Margot Kidder.
Unfortunately, her roles in “Paradise Alley, “Hero at Large, Raise The Titanic and Green Ice didn’t do to well to help advance her career. But in 1981, things would change for the better when she starred in the successful off-Broadway play, “A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking.”
In 1982, with the help of her husband, Terry Jastrow, Anne wrote, produced and starred in the pleasant if unspectacular modern romance “Waltz Across Texas”. In 1986, she would star in her first mother part alongside Brian Dennehy in the film, “The Check Is In The Mail.”
In 1987, Ms. Archer won critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for her role as Michael Douglas’s wife in the blockbuster summer hit “Fatal Attraction. Because of her stellar performance in the film she would eventually receive some good parts in such films as Love at Large and Narrow Margin opposite Gene Hackman, both in 1990 and Eminent Domain in 1991.
In 1992, Ms. Archer co-starred with Harrison’s Ford’s as his wife in the box-office hit “Patriot Games” which would also star Thora Birch, Samuel L. Jackson, Sean Bean, Richard Harris, and James Earl Jones. She would later reprise her role in the 1994 film, “Clear and Present Danger”.
She would later bee seen in the 1993 film, “Body of Evidence” also staring Madonna, Joe Mantegna, Julianne Moore and William Dafoe.
In 1995, Ms. Archer was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#62). Her most proud performance would be in the 1996 film Mojave Moon.
In 2000, Ms Archer co-starred in “Rules of Engagement” with Samuel L. Jackson and Tommy Lee Jones, “The Art of War” with Wesley Snipes, Maury Chakin, Michael Sutherland and Michael Biehn and the film “Dark Summer”.
Her next film will be the made for TV movie “Night of the Wolf” with the late Robert Urich (this would eventually be his last film), C. Thomas Howell and Sally Kirkland.