Sigourney Weaver
American actress
Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver is an American actress. She is known especially for her role of Ellen Ripley in the four Alien films: Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection, for which she has received worldwide recognition. Other notable roles include Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters and its sequel Ghostbusters II, Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey, Working Girl, The Ice Storm, Galaxy Quest, Prayers for Bobby and Grace Augustine in Avatar.
Biography
Sigourney Weaver's personal information overview.
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Dominique Tipper Takes Charge
Huffington Post - 30 days
The Cold War may be history for us, but 200 years from now in The Expanse, it's heating up between fading Earth and her scrappy, wealthy former colony Mars. Forces on both sides are struggling for domination. They despise one another, but both sides also have a common focus of prejudice: the inhabitants of the resource-rich Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter "Belters" form a maligned and oppressed underclass. They're miners and laborers who've developed a unique dialect derived from many languages, as well as hand gestures that replace words for when they're working in space suits. Low gravity on their space stations has made them physically different as well, and their lives are precarious because anyone at any time can cut their supplies of air and water. They know it, they resent it, and the intend to fight it. Belter engineer Naomi Nagata is powerfully played by Dominique Tipper. She's lithe, commanding, magnetic, and utterly believable aboard the ship captained by ...
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The Trailer For Michelle Rodriguez's Cringeworthy Transgender Film Is Out
Huffington Post - about 1 month
“The Assignment,” previously called “(Re)Assignment” starring Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney weaver, drew swift backlash from LGBTQ activists in September 2016 for what many considered to be a transphobic plot line.  And now that the trailer is out, reservations about this film seem valid. A description for the film from Cinemablend in 2015 reads: “The script, written by Hill from a story by Denis Hamill, centers on an ace assassin who is double-crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of rogue surgeon known as ‘The Doctor,’ who turns him into a woman. The hitman (now a hitwoman) sets out for revenge, aided by a nurse named Johnnie, who also has secrets.” Late last year, Rodriguez posted the following photo Instagram, along with a bizarre caption walking through the film’s plot line and laying out the forced gender confirmation surgery her character goes through. Heheheh at TIFF promoting 'TomBoy A Revengers Tale' producers are convi ...
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Actress Sigourney Weaver Talks About Redefining The Leading Lady Role
NPR - about 2 months
Weaver talks about her new film, A Monster Calls, which tells the story of an adolescent boy who seeks solace in his imagination from the sadness and anger of losing his mother to a terminal illness.
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Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson mask tragedy with fantasy
Fox News - about 2 months
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Film Clip: 'A Monster Calls'
Wall Street Journal - 2 months
Watch a film clip from "A Monster Calls," starring Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, and Lewis MacDougall. Photo: Focus Features
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Watch A 'Too Stoned' Miley Cyrus Serenade Bill Murray At The Kennedy Center
Huffington Post - 4 months
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Marvel's 'The Defenders' adds Sigourney Weaver as the villain
Fox News - 5 months
During the panel for Marvel's Iron Fist at New York Comic Con on Saturday, Marvel Head of TV Jeph Loeb announced a huge addition to the cast of the upcoming team-up series "The Defenders" -- When Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Iron First join forces, it will be to fight Sigourney Weaver. The iconic star of the Alien franchise will be joining the series as the main antagonist.
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PHOTOS: Sigourney Weaver Attends a Movie Premiere in Spain
ABC News - 5 months
Some celebrities never seem to age.
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'A Monster Calls' Imagines A Fitful Blend Of Fantasy And Tragedy
Huffington Post - 6 months
“A Monster Calls” begins with a nightmare. Against gray skies, the earth shakes. The ground of a vast cemetery splits open. Gravestones erupt and a chapel crumbles. A woman dangles over the edge of a chasm, her young son grabbing her hand as the tremors intensify. She is slipping from his grip, enveloped by the bottomless hole that threatens her life. He clings to the dwindling hope that his mother will survive the abyss. Seconds later, when the boy awakens in his bedroom, it is clear that this is not his first time dreaming of such a death. It haunts him like a recurring terror.  The boy, 12-year-old Conor O’Malley, suffers these nightmares because his single mother is terminally ill. Bullied at school and afraid he will be sent to live with his harsh grandmother, Conor needs a reprieve from her impending fatality. His sorrows, at the moment we meet him, are no dream. He can’t wake up expecting closure. What Conor needs is a spirit guide, a sensei who proffers wisdom that no one ...
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Sigourney Weaver: Clinton committed to act on climate change
Reuters.com - 7 months
Actress Sigourney Weaver at the DNC in Philadelphia says Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton understands that acting on climate change is a "moral obligation," unlike her Republican rival. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sigourney Weaver
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 65
    She is a longtime friend of Jamie Lee Curtis. In their 2015 interview together, Curtis admitted to Weaver that she never saw Alien entirely, because she was too scared.
    More Details Hide Details Weaver has been nominated three times for an Academy Award, three BAFTAs (one win) and seven Golden Globes (two wins). She has also earned Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her work on the stage.
    On February 25, 2015, Weaver confirmed that she would reprise her role as Ellen Ripley in the new Alien film.
    More Details Hide Details Weaver has been married to the stage director Jim Simpson since October 1, 1984. They have one daughter, Charlotte Simpson (born 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 its honorary chairwoman. She was honored by the Explorers Club for this work. Weaver is considered to be 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. 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.
    In 2015, she co-starred in Neil Blomkamp's science-fiction film Chappie, and stated that she would agree to appear in an Alien sequel, provided that Blomkamp directs.
    More Details Hide Details On February 18, 2015, it was officially announced that an Alien sequel will be made, with Blomkamp slated to direct.
  • 2014
    Age 64
    Weaver appeared in the 2014 film Exodus: Gods and Kings playing Tuya, directed by Ridley Scott, alongside Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, and Ben Kingsley.
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    In 2014, Weaver reprised the role of Ripley for the first time in 17 years by voicing the character in the video game Alien: Isolation.
    More Details Hide Details Her character will appear in two DLCs set during the events of Alien, with most of the original cast voicing their respective characters.
    In 2014, he revealed that she would be featured in all three sequels.
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  • 2011
    Age 61
    In September 2011, it was confirmed that Weaver will be returning to Avatar 2, with James Cameron stating that "no one ever dies in science fiction."
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  • 2010
    Age 60
    In May 2010, there were reports that Weaver had been cast for the lead role Margaret Matheson in the Spanish thriller film Red Lights.
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    She was honored at the 2010 Scream Awards earning The Heroine Award which honored her work in science fiction, horror and fantasy films.
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    In March 2010, she was cast for the lead role as Queen of the Vampires in Amy Heckerling's Vamps.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 58
    She also voiced a narrating role in another computer-animated film, 2008's The Tale of Despereaux, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    In 2008, Weaver was featured as the voice of the ship's computer in the Pixar and Disney release, WALL•E.
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  • 2006
    Age 56
    In 2006 she also 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.
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    In 2006, she was the narrator for the American version of the Emmy Award-winning series Planet Earth.
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  • 2002
    Age 52
    Weaver 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.
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  • 2001
    Age 51
    In 2001, she appeared in the comedy Heartbreakers playing the lead role of a con artist alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ray Liotta, Gene Hackman and Anne Bancroft.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in several films throughout the decade including Holes (2003), the M. Night Shyamalan horror film The Village (2004), Vantage Point (2008), and Baby Mama (2008). Weaver also returned to Rwanda for the BBC special Gorillas Revisited. She was voted 20th in Channel 4's countdown of the 100 Greatest Movie Stars of All Time, being one of only two women in the Top 20 (the other was Audrey Hepburn). 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, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award. She also made a rare guest appearance on television in an episode of the TV show Eli Stone in the fall of 2008. She reunited with Aliens director James Cameron for his 2009 film Avatar, with Weaver playing a major part as Dr. Grace Augustine, leader of the AVTR (avatar) program on the film's fictional moon Pandora.
  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 45
    She played the role of agoraphobic criminal psychologist Helen Hudson in the 1995 movie Copycat.
    More Details Hide Details Weaver also concentrated on smaller and supporting roles throughout the decade such as Jeffrey (1994), Ang Lee's The Ice Storm (1997), earning her another Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress and winning a BAFTA Award, followed by Galaxy Quest (1999), and A Map of the World (1999) earning her another Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
  • 1994
    Age 44
    In 1994 she starred in Roman Polanski's drama Death and the Maiden as Paulina Escobar.
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  • 1992
    Age 42
    She returned to the big screen in 1992 with Alien 3 and Ridley's Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise in which she played the role of Queen Isabella.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1990s, Weaver appeared in several films including Dave opposite Kevin Kline and Frank Langella.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1988
    Age 38
    She received two Academy Award nominations in 1988, for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Working Girl and Best Actress for Gorillas in the Mist, making her one of the few actors nominated for two acting awards in the same year.
    More Details Hide Details She gave birth to her daughter Charlotte Simpson (born on April 13, 1990) taking a few years' break from the movie business and focusing on her family.
    By the end of the decade, Weaver appeared in two of her most memorable and critically acclaimed performances. In 1988, she starred as Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist.
    More Details Hide Details The same year she appeared opposite Harrison Ford in a supporting role as Katharine Parker in the film Working Girl. Weaver won Golden Globe awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for her two roles that year.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    Weaver appeared two years later as Warrant Officer/Lieutenant Ellen Ripley in Ridley Scott's blockbuster 1979 film Alien, in a role initially designated to co-star Veronica Cartwright, until a late change in casting.
    More Details Hide Details She reprised the role in the three sequels of the Alien movie franchise, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. Ty Burr of The Boston Globe states, "One of the real pleasures of "Alien" is to watch the emergence of both Ellen Ripley as a character and Sigourney Weaver as a star." In the sequel Aliens directed by James Cameron, critic Roger Ebert wrote, "Weaver, who is onscreen almost all the time, comes through with a very strong, sympathetic performance: She's the thread that holds everything together." She followed the success of Alien appearing opposite Mel Gibson in The Year of Living Dangerously released to critical acclaim and as Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.
    Following her film debut as a minor character in Annie Hall (1977), she quickly came to prominence in 1979 with her first lead role as Ellen Ripley in Alien.
    More Details Hide Details She reprised the role in three sequels: Aliens (1986), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award Best Actress; Alien 3 (1992), and Alien: Resurrection (1997). She is also known for her starring roles in the box-office hits Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), and Avatar (2009). Weaver was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for the 1980 Off-Broadway play Das Lusitania Songspiel, and received a Tony Award nomination for the 1984 Broadway play Hurlyburly. A seven-time Golden Globe Award nominee, she won both Best Actress in Drama and Best Supporting Actress for her work in the 1988 films Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, becoming the first person to win two acting Golden Globes in the same year. She also received Academy Award nominations for both films. For her role in the 1997 film The Ice Storm, she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Additionally, she has received three Emmy Award nominations and won two Saturn Awards.
  • 1977
    Age 27
    Weaver's first role is often said to be in Woody Allen's 1977 comedy Annie Hall playing a minor role opposite Allen.
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  • 1974
    Age 24
    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 musical version of The Frogs, and another was as one of a mob of Roman soldiers alongside Meryl Streep in another production.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1972
    Age 22
    Weaver attended Sarah Lawrence College as well as Stanford University from which she graduated with a B.A. in 1972and where she first began her involvement in acting by living in Stanford's co-ed Beta Chi Community for the Performing Arts.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1967
    Age 17
    In 1967, at the age of 18, Weaver visited Israel and volunteered on a kibbutz for several months.
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  • 1963
    Age 13
    Weaver began using the name "Sigourney Weaver" in 1963 after a minor character (Mrs. Sigourney Howard, Jordan Baker's aunt) in Chapter 3 of F.
    More Details Hide Details Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby. Weaver attended the Ethel Walker School, a girls' preparatory school in Simsbury, Connecticut. She also attended The Chapin School and The Brearley School. Sigourney was reportedly 5' 10½" (179 cm) tall by the age of 14, although she only grew another inch during her teens to her adult height of 5' 11½" (182 cm).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on October 8, 1949.
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