Sigourney Weaver

Highest Rated: 99% Aliens (1986)
Birthday: Oct 8, 1949
Birthplace: New York City, New York
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 of sex-appeal even alongside a substantially younger starlet like Hewitt.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Avatar 5 Actor 2025
No Score Yet Avatar 4 Actor 2024
No Score Yet Avatar 3 Actor 2021
No Score Yet Avatar 2 Actor 2020
32% The Assignment Dr. Rachel Kay 2017
86% A Monster Calls Grandma 2017
No Score Yet Rakka Actor 2017
74% Ghostbusters Rebecca Gorin 2016
94% Finding Dory as Herself 2016
No Score Yet Ghostheads Actor 2016
98% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) Actor 2015
33% Chappie Michelle Bradley 2015
30% 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
4% The Cold Light of Day Carrack 2012
30% Red Lights Dr. Margaret Matheson 2012
74% Rampart Joan Confrey 2012
5% 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
82% 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
57% The Tale of Despereaux The Narrator Narrator 2008
71% The Girl in the Park Julia Sandburg 2008
95% WALL-E Ship's Computer 2008
64% Baby Mama Chaffee Bicknell 2008
65% Be Kind Rewind Ms. Lawson 2008
34% Vantage Point Rex Brooks 2008
No Score Yet His Highness Hollywood Actor 2008
65% The TV Set Lenny 2007
No Score Yet Alien Resurrection (Special Edition) Actor 2007
No Score Yet Alien3 (Special Edition) Actor 2007
No Score Yet Movies 101 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
44% The Village Alice Hunt 2004
73% The Guys Joan 2003
77% Holes Louise Walker 2003
No Score Yet The Snow Queen & The Wild Swans Actor 2003
94% Alien: The Director's Cut Ripley 2003
78% Tadpole Eve 2002
No Score Yet The 'Alien' Saga Actor 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 Why Dogs Smile and Chimpanzees Cry Narrator 1999
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
76% Copycat Helen Hudson 1995
68% Jeffrey Debra Moorhouse 1995
84% Death and the Maiden Paulina Escobar 1995
95% Dave Ellen Mitchell 1993
33% 1492: Conquest of Paradise Queen Isabel 1992
42% Alien3 Producer Ellen Ripley 1992
No Score Yet Peachboy Narrator 1991
53% Ghostbusters 2 Dana Barrett 1989
No Score Yet Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge Actor 1989
85% Working Girl Katharine Parker 1988
83% Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey Dian Fossey 1988
No Score Yet One Woman or Two Jessica Fitzgerald 1987
99% Aliens Ripley 1986
50% Half Moon Street Lauren Slaughter 1986
No Score Yet Aliens (Special Edition) Actor Director 1986
97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original) Dana Barrett 1984
13% Deal of the Century Catherine DeVoto 1983
90% The Year of Living Dangerously Jill Bryant 1983
No Score Yet Stories to Remember Narrator 1982
82% Eyewitness Tony Sokolow 1981
97% Alien Ripley 1979
No Score Yet Madman Actor 1979
No Score Yet Sorrows of Gin Actor 1979
No Score Yet Alien Legacy Actor 1979
97% Annie Hall Alvy's Date outside Theater 1977

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2015
  • 2014
77% Marvel's The Defenders
2017
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
87% Doc Martin
Tourist
  • 2016
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
62% Political Animals
2012
Elaine Barrish Hammond
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2007
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 2010
  • 1986
60% Eli Stone
2008-2009
Therapist
  • 2008
No Score Yet Pioneers of Television
2008-2014
Appearing
  • 2008
100% Planet Earth
2007
Narrator
  • 2007
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Narrator
  • 2003
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
Voice Narrator
  • 2003
95% Futurama
1999
Voice
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2001

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