A fluorophore–phenylamine derivative (L) has been coupled with silver nanocrystals (NCs) to construct an L–Ag nanohybrid. Owing to synergic effects of the L and Ag components, the exciton–plasmon interactions between L and Ag increase the strength of the donor–acceptor interaction within the nanohybrid, a fact that results in an energy-transfer process and further brings about a dramatic redshift of single-photon absorption and fluorescence, and a decreased fluorescence FL lifetime. The coupling effect also leads to enhancement of a series of nonlinear optical properties, including two-photon-excited fluorescence (TPEF), two-photon-absorption (TPA) cross section (δ), two-photon-absorption coefficient (β), nonlinear refractive index (γ), and third order nonlinear optical susceptibility (χ(3)). The enhanced two-photon fluorescence of the nanohybrid is proven to be potentially useful for two-photon microscopy of live cells, such as HepG2. Moreover, cytotoxicity tests show that the low-micromolar concentrations of the nanohybrid do not cause significant reduction in cell viability over a period of at least 24 h and should be safe for further biological studies.