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Sigourney Weaver



Though she is a classically trained dramatic actress and has played a variety of roles, Sigourney Weaver is still best known for her portrayal of the steel-jawed, alien-butt-kicking space crusader Ellen Ripley from the four Alien movies. The formidably beautiful, 5'11'' actress was born Susan Weaver to NBC president Pat Weaver and actress Elizabeth Inglis. Her father had a passion for Roman history and originally wanted to name her Flavia, but after reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby at the age of 14, Weaver renamed herself Sigourney, after one of the book's minor characters.



After being schooled in her native New York City, Weaver attended Stanford University and then obtained her master's at the Yale School of Drama where, along with classmate Meryl Streep, she appeared in classical Greek plays. After earning her degree, Weaver was only able to find work in experimental plays produced well away from Broadway, as more conventional producers found her too tall to perform in mainstream works. After getting her first real break in the soap opera Somerset (1970-1976), she made her film debut with a bit part in Woody Allen's Annie Hall in 1977.



Weaver had her first major role in Madman which was released just prior to Alien in 1979. Though the role of Ripley was originally designed for Veronica Cartwright (who ultimately played the doomed Lambert), scouts for director Ridley Scott saw Weaver working off-Broadway and felt she would be perfect for the part. The actress' take on the character was laced with a subtlety that made her a new kind of female action hero: Intelligent, resourceful, and unconsciously sexy, Weaver's Ripley was a woman with the guts to master her fear in order to take on a terrifying unknown enemy. Alien proved to be one of the year's biggest hits and put Weaver on Hollywood's A-list, though she would not reprise her character for another seven years. In between, she worked to prove her versatility, playing solid dramatic roles in Eyewitness (1981) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), while letting a more playful side show as a cellist who channels a fearsome demon in Ghostbusters (1984).



In 1986, Aliens burst into the theater, even gorier and more rip-roaring than its predecessor. This time, Weaver focused more on the maternal side of her character, which only served to make her tougher than ever. Her unforgettable performance was honored with a Best Actress Oscar nomination, and was followed up by Weaver's similarly haunting portrayal of doomed naturalist/animal rights activist Diane Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist (1988). The role won Weaver her second Best Actress Oscar nomination, and that same year, she received yet another Oscar nomination -- this time for Best Supporting Actress -- for her deliciously poisonous portrayal of Melanie Griffith's boss in Working Girl.



After 1992's Alien 3, Weaver had her next big hit playing President Kevin Kline's lonely wife in the bittersweet romantic comedy Dave (1993). She then gave a gripping performance as a rape/torture victim who faces down the man who may or may not have been her tormentor in Roman Polanski's moody thriller Death and the Maiden (1994). During the latter half of the decade, Weaver appeared in Alien Resurrection -- perhaps the most poorly received installment of the series -- but increasingly surfaced in offbeat roles such as the coolly fragile Janey in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm and the psychotic, wicked Queen in the adult-oriented HBO production The Grimm Brothers' Snow White (both 1997). In 1999, she starred in the sci-fi spoof Galaxy Quest, making fun of her image as a sci-fi goddess while continuing to prove her remarkable versatility.



Weaver's first high-profile project of the new millenium saw her swindling Ray Liotta and Gene Hackman as a sexy con-woman teamed up with Jennifer Love Hewitt. Already into her fifties, Weaver proved she still possessed plenty o

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Avatar 5
  • Actor
2023
No Score Yet Avatar 2
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet Avatar 4
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet Avatar 3
  • Actor
2018
87% A Monster Calls
  • Grandma
2017
No Score Yet Untitled Neill Blomkamp/Alien Project
  • Ellen Ripley
2017
73% Ghostbusters
  • Rebecca Gorin
2016
94% Finding Dory
  • as Herself
2016
No Score Yet (Re)Assignment
  • Dr. Rachel Kay
2016
22% (Re) Assignment
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Ghostheads
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet (Re)assignment
  • Dr. Rachel Kay
2016
100% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid)
  • Actor
2015
32% Chappie
  • Michelle Bradley
2015
27% Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Tuya
2014
No Score Yet All You Need Is Love
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet My Depression
  • Actor
2014
53% Vamps
  • Cisserus
2012
5% The Cold Light of Day
  • Carrack
2012
29% Red Lights
  • Dr. Margaret Matheson
2012
74% Rampart
  • Joan Confrey
2012
4% Abduction
  • Dr. Bennett
2011
71% Paul
  • The Big Guy
2011
86% Cedar Rapids
  • Macy Vanderhei
2011
17% You Again
  • Ramona
2010
8% Crazy on the Outside
  • Viki
2010
83% Avatar
  • Dr. Grace Augustine
2009
No Score Yet Prayers for Bobby
  • Mary Griffith
2009
No Score Yet Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood
  • Actor
2009
56% The Tale of Despereaux
  • The Narrator Narrator
2008
71% The Girl in the Park
  • Julia Sandburg
2008
96% WALL-E
  • Ship's Computer
2008
64% Baby Mama
  • Chaffee Bicknell
2008
66% Be Kind Rewind
  • Ms. Lawson
2008
35% Vantage Point
  • Rex Brooks
2008
No Score Yet His Highness Hollywood
  • Actor
2008
64% The TV Set
  • Lenny
2007
No Score Yet Movies 101
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Alien Resurrection (Special Edition)
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Alien3 (Special Edition)
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet DNA: Secret of Photo 51
  • Actor
2007
4% Happily N'ever After
  • Frieda
2006
73% Infamous
  • Babe Paley
2006
65% Snow Cake
  • Linda Freeman
2006
No Score Yet Movies 101
  • Actor
2005
35% Imaginary Heroes
  • Sandy Travis
2005
43% The Village
  • Alice Hunt
2004
94% Alien Saga
  • Actor
2003
73% The Guys
  • Joan
2003
77% Holes
  • Louise Walker
2003
No Score Yet The Snow Queen & The Wild Swans
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Stories to Remember - The Snow Queen & The Wild Swans
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Sorrows of Gin
  • Actor
2002
78% Tadpole
  • Eve
2002
41% Big Bad Love
  • Betti Deloreo
2001
53% Heartbreakers
  • Max
2001
14% Company Man
  • Daisy Quimp
2001
90% Galaxy Quest
  • Gwen DeMarco/Lt. Tawny Madison
1999
65% A Map of the World
  • Alice Goodwin
1999
71% Get Bruce
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Wild Animal Stars
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Why Dogs Smile and Chimpanzees Cry
  • Narrator
1999
54% Alien Resurrection
  • Producer
  • Ellen Ripley
1997
84% The Ice Storm
  • Jane Carver
1997
60% Snow White: A Tale of Terror
  • Claudia Alvise Hoffman
1997
No Score Yet The Universal Story
  • Actor
1996
75% Copycat
  • Helen Hudson
1995
68% Jeffrey
  • Debra Moorhouse
1995
84% Death and the Maiden
  • Paulina Escobar
1995
94% Dave
  • Ellen Mitchell
1993
39% 1492: Conquest of Paradise
  • Queen Isabel
1992
44% Alien3
  • Ellen Ripley
  • Producer
1992
No Score Yet Peachboy
  • Narrator
1991
51% Ghostbusters 2
  • Dana Barrett
1989
No Score Yet Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge
  • Actor
1989
84% Working Girl
  • Katharine Parker
1988
82% Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey
  • Dian Fossey
1988
No Score Yet One Woman or Two
  • Jessica Fitzgerald
1987
98% Aliens
  • Ripley
1986
60% Half Moon Street
  • Lauren Slaughter
1986
No Score Yet Aliens (Special Edition)
  • Director
  • Actor
1986
97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original)
  • Dana Barrett
1984
13% Deal of the Century
  • Catherine DeVoto
1983
89% The Year of Living Dangerously
  • Jill Bryant
1983
No Score Yet Stories to Remember
  • Narrator
1982
90% Eyewitness
  • Tony Sokolow
1981
97% Alien
  • Ripley
1979
No Score Yet Madman
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Alien Legacy
  • Actor
1979
99% Annie Hall
  • Alvy's Date outside Theater
1977

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Futurama
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
63% Political Animals
2012
  • Elaine Barrish Hammond
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
  • Voice
  • Narrator
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Pioneers of Television
2008-2014
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
Planet Earth
2007
  • Narrator

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