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Sigourney Weaver


Birth name:

Susan Alexandra Weaver




New York, New York, USA



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United States

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5' 11½" (1.82 m)


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Sigourney Weaver - Biography


Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver (born October 8, 1949) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Warrant Officer (later Lieutenant) Ellen Ripley in Ridley Scott's Alien (1979), James Cameron's Aliens (1986) and in the rest of the Alien film series, as Dana Barrett in the Ghostbusters films, as Jill Bryant in The Year of Living Dangerously (1983), as Helen Hudson in Copycat (1995), as Max Conners in Heartbreakers (2001), as Warden Walker in Holes (2003), and as Dr. Grace Augustine in Avatar (2009), the highest-grossing film in history.
Weaver is also a three-time Academy Award nominee for her performances in Aliens (1986), Gorillas in the Mist (1988), and Working Girl (1988).

Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in New York City, the daughter of Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins; 1913–2007), an English actress, and the NBC television executive Sylvester "Pat" Laflin Weaver (1908–2002), an American of Scottish, Ulster Irish, and early New England ancestry. Her uncle, Doodles Weaver, was a comedian and actor. She began using the name "Sigourney Weaver" in 1963, aged fourteen, after a minor character (Sigourney Howard) in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby.
Weaver attended the Ethel Walker School, a prep school in Simsbury, Connecticut, where she was made fun of all the time for being a nerd and for her height. She also attended The Chapin School. Sigourney was reportedly 5′ 10½″ tall by the age of 14, but she only grew another inch during her teens to her adult height of 5′ 11½″. Weaver graduated from Stanford University, with a bachelor of arts degree in English in 1972, but she had already begun her involvement in acting, by living in Stanford's co-ed Beta Chi Community for the Performing Arts. Weaver earned her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Yale University School of Drama in 1974, where one of her appearances was in the chorus in a production of Stephen Sondheim's play, The Frogs, and another was as one of a mob of Roman soldiers in another production. Weaver later acted in original plays by her friend and classmate Christopher Durang. She later appeared in an "Off Broadway" production of Durang's comedy Beyond Therapy in 1981, which was directed by the up-and-coming director Jerry Zaks.

Although Weaver has played a number of critically acclaimed roles in movies such as Annie Hall, Gorillas in the Mist, The Ice Storm, Dave, and The Year of Living Dangerously, she is best known for her appearances as Warrant Officer/Lieutenant Ellen Ripley in the blockbuster Alien movie franchise. She first appeared as Ripley in Ridley Scott's 1979 film Alien. She reprised the role in three sequels, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection. She was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for portraying Ripley in Aliens, one of the very few actresses so honored for a role in a science fiction movie. She also starred in two films in 1988, receiving Academy Award nominations for her roles as Katherine Parker in Working Girl and as naturalist Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist. She lost out to Geena Davis and Jodie Foster respectively, although she received Golden Globes for both roles.
Weaver also appeared in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II as Dana Barrett. She played the role of agoraphobic criminal psychologist Helen Hudson in the 1995 movie Copycat, and went on to become one of the most highly paid actresses of the 1990s. In addition to her trademark role as Ripley, Weaver has recently concentrated on smaller roles such as 1999's A Map of the World and 2006's Snow Cake. She has also appeared in comedic roles, such as Jeffrey (1994), Galaxy Quest (1999), and Heartbreakers (2001), in which she starred with Jennifer Love Hewitt.
In 1997, Weaver won the BAFTA Award for her supporting role in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm. In 2003, she was voted 20th in Channel 4's countdown of the 100 greatest movie stars of all time. She was one of only two women in the top 20 (the other was Audrey Hepburn). That year, she also played The Warden in the movie Holes. In 2006, Weaver returned to Rwanda for the BBC special Gorillas Revisited.
In 2009, Weaver starred as Mary Griffith in her first made-for-TV movie, Prayers for Bobby, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award. She also guest starred in the TV show Eli Stone in the fall of 2008.
2009 was also the year in which James Cameron's Avatar premiered with Sigourney playing a major part as Dr. Grace Augustine, leader of the Avatar program on the films fictional moon Pandora.
Weaver also has done voice work in television and film. She had a guest role in the Futurama episode "Love and Rocket" in February 2002, playing the female Planet Express Ship. In 2006, she was the narrator for the American version of the Emmy Award-winning series Planet Earth. Also in 2006, Weaver narrated "A Matter of Degrees". A short film that plays daily at The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks (The Wild Center) in Tupper Lake, New York. In 2008, Weaver was featured as the voice of the ship's computer in the Pixar and Disney release, WALL•E. She also voiced a narrating role in another computer-animated film, 2008's The Tale of Despereaux, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo. Weaver has also expressed interest in starring in a fifth Alien film. Pre-production details for the film are expected to start soon. Ivan Reitman has confirmed that Weaver will reprise her role as Dana Barrett in the rumored third Ghostbusters movie due for release in 2012.
Weaver has hosted two episodes of the long-running NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live: once on the 12th season premiere in 1986, and again, on a season 35 episode in January, 2010. Weaver has now broken Madeline Kahn's record for longest gap between hosting appearances on SNL. Kahn had an 18-year gap between her second appearance in 1977 and her third and final appearance in 1995; Weaver, on the other hand, has a 24-year gap between her first appearance in 1986 and her second and most recent appearance in 2010.

In addition to her Academy Award nomination for Aliens, Weaver has received two other nominations in her career, both in 1988. This makes Weaver one of only eleven actors and actresses to have received two Academy Award nominations in the same year. Weaver received a Best Actress nomination for her role as gorilla conservationist Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist and a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as Katharine Parker in Working Girl, opposite Harrison Ford and Melanie Griffith. She won neither award but was awarded a Golden Globe for each role.

Weaver was previously engaged to reporter Aaron Latham in 1967. She has been married to the filmmaker Jim Simpson since October 1, 1984. They are the parents of one daughter, Charlotte Simpson, who was born on April 13, 1990.
After making Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, she became a supporter of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and is now the DFGFI's honorary chairperson. Weaver is an environmentalist. In October 2006 she drew international attention through a news conference at the start of a United Nations General Assembly policy deliberation. She outlined the widespread threat to ocean habitats posed by deep-sea trawling, an industrial method for harvesting fish. She also narrated the American version of the BBC/Discovery Channel show Planet Earth. On April 8, 2008, she hosted the annual gala of the Trickle Up Program, a non-profit organization focusing on those in extreme poverty, mainly women and the disabled, in the Rainbow Room.
Weaver has donated $5,800 to various Democratic politicians, including Senators Ted Kennedy and Barbara Boxer. She supported President Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign.


Sigourney Weaver - Personal Quotes


I'd rather have a small part in a movie I love than a bigger part in one I don't care about.

Well, I've always admired Margaret Rutherford. Like her I'd like to play Miss Marple when I'm eighty.

I'm having a wonderful time producing. There are good producers and bad producers. I've learned the hard way what not to do. The ultimate aim is to produce things I'm not actually in. I'm not looking for vehicles for myself. It's not a vanity company.

Some of the most intense affairs are between actors and characters. There's a fire in the human heart and we jump into it with the same obsession as we have with our lovers.

I'd rather work with a first-time director who's passionate about the material. I've done enough movies with old and jaded people who are just like, "Let's get this over with."

I've always regretted having such a serious career because I'm really more of an idiot.

In Hollywood, if you are a man and speak your mind openly, you're considered a man in full. But, if you are a woman and do the same, you're nothing but an annoying bitch.

Usually all Hollywood wants you to do is what you just did. After The Ice Storm (1997) I was offered a thousand "Ice Storms" and so on. You always get offered the same thing again and again, if you're not very careful. It's up to you to swing back and forth.

I think I get sent the roles Meryl's [Meryl Streep] not doing.

These deep sea trawlers are operating beyond the reach of the law. It's up to all of us to change that.

Most people think somebody, somewhere is looking out for the deep oceans, but they aren't.


Sigourney Weaver - Filmography


G-String Mother (2010) (TV) .... Gypsy Rose Lee
Ghostbusters III (2011) .... Dana Barrett
Night Train (2010) .... Police Officer 'Mike' Hoolihan
Cedar Rapids (2011) .... Macy Vanderhei
You Again (2010) .... Aunt Ramona
Paul (2010) .... Tara
Crazy on the Outside (2010) .... Vicky
Avatar (2009) .... Dr. Grace Augustine
... aka Avatar: An IMAX 3D Experience (USA: IMAX version)
... aka James Cameron's Avatar (International: English title: promotional title)
Avatar: The Game (2009) (VG) (voice) .... Dr. Grace Augustine
... aka James Cameron's Avatar: The Game (USA: game box title)
Prayers for Bobby (2009) (TV) .... Mary Griffith
The Tale of Despereaux (2008) (voice) .... Narrator
"Eli Stone" .... Therapist (1 episode, 2008)
- The Path (2008) TV episode .... Therapist
WALL·E (2008) (voice) .... Ship's Computer
Baby Mama (2008) .... Chaffee Bicknell
Vantage Point (2008) .... Rex Brooks
Be Kind Rewind (2008) .... Ms. Lawson
The Girl in the Park (2007) .... Julia Sandburg
... aka Girl in the Park (UK)
Happily N'Ever After (2006) (voice) .... Frieda
... aka Es war k'einmal im Märchenland (Germany)
Infamous (2006) .... Babe Paley
The TV Set (2006) .... Lenny
Snow Cake (2006) .... Linda
The Village (2004) .... Alice Hunt
... aka Grey (Philippines: English title: review title)
... aka M. Night Shyamalan's The Village (USA: promotional title)
Imaginary Heroes (2004) .... Sandy Travis
Holes (2003) .... Warden Walker
The Guys (2002) .... Joan
"Futurama" .... Planet Express Ship (1 episode, 2002)
- Love and Rocket (2002) TV episode (voice) .... Planet Express Ship
Tadpole (2002) .... Eve Grubman
Big Bad Love (2001) (voice) .... Betti DeLoreo
Heartbreakers (2001) .... Angela Nardino / Max Conners / Ulga Yevanova
Company Man (2000) .... Daisy Quimp
... aka Company Man (France)
Galaxy Quest (1999) .... Gwen DeMarco
A Map of the World (1999) .... Alice Goodwin
... aka Unschuldig verfolgt (Germany)
Alien: Resurrection (1997) .... Ellen Ripley
... aka Alien 4
Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997) (TV) .... Lady Claudia Hoffman
... aka Snow White (USA: short title)
... aka Snow White in the Black Forest
... aka Snow White in the Dark Forest
... aka Snow White: A Tale of Terror (Canada: English title)
... aka The Grimm Brothers' Snow White
The Ice Storm (1997) .... Janey Carver
Copycat (1995) .... Helen Hudson
Jeffrey (1995) .... Debra Moorhouse
Death and the Maiden (1994) .... Paulina Escobar
... aka La jeune fille et la mort (France)
The Wild Swans (1994) (V) (voice) .... Narrator
... aka Stories to Remember: The Wild Swans (USA: long title)
Dave (1993) .... Ellen Mitchell
Rabbit Ears: Peachboy (1993) (V) (voice) .... Narrator
1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) .... Queen Isabella I.
... aka 1492 (Australia)
... aka 1492: Christophe Colomb (France)
... aka 1492: La conquête du paradis
... aka 1492: La conquista del paraíso (Spain)
Alien³ (1992) .... Ellen Ripley
The Snow Queen (1992) (V) (voice) .... Narrator
... aka Stories to Remember: The Snow Queen (USA: long title)
Ghostbusters II (1989) .... Dana Barrett
... aka Ghostbusters 2 (USA: video box title)
Working Girl (1988) .... Katharine Parker
Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988) .... Dian Fossey
... aka Gorillas in the Mist: The Adventure of Dian Fossey (International: English title: poster title) (International: English title: DVD title)
... aka Gorillas in the Mist (USA: short title)
Half Moon Street (1986) .... Dr. Lauren Slaughter
Aliens (1986) .... Ellen Ripley
Une femme ou deux (1985) .... Jessica Fitzgerald
... aka A Woman or Two (International: English title)
... aka One Woman or Two (USA)
Ghost Busters (1984) .... Dana Barrett
... aka Ghost Busters (UK)
Deal of the Century (1983) .... Catherine DeVoto
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) .... Jill Bryant
Eyewitness (1981) .... Tony Sokolow
... aka The Janitor
3 by Cheever: O Youth and Beauty! (1979) (TV) .... Marcia Lawton
... aka O Youth and Beauty! (USA: alternative title)
3 by Cheever: The Sorrows of Gin (1979) (TV) .... Marcia Lawton
... aka The Sorrows of Gin (USA: alternative title)
Alien (1979) .... Ripley
... aka Alien: The Director's Cut (USA: director's cut)
Madman (1978)
"The Best of Families" (1977) TV mini-series .... Laura Wheeler
Annie Hall (1977) .... Alvy's Date Outside Theatre
"Somerset" (1970) TV series .... Avis Ryan (unknown episodes, 1976)
... aka Another World: Somerset (alternative title)
... aka Somerset: Bay City (alternative title)


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