Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver

Highest Rated: 100% Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019)

Lowest Rated: 4% The Cold Light of Day (2012)

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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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Avatar 4 Actor 2025
No Score Yet Avatar 5 Actor 2025
No Score Yet Avatar 3 Actor 2023
No Score Yet Avatar 2 Actor 2021
59% My Salinger Year Margaret 2020
No Score Yet Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary Actor 2019
100% Cleanin' Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters Actor 2019
34% The Assignment Dr. Rachel Kay 2017
86% A Monster Calls Grandma $3.8M 2017
No Score Yet Rakka Actor 2017
74% Ghostbusters Rebecca Gorin $128.4M 2016
94% Finding Dory as Herself $486.3M 2016
No Score Yet Ghostheads Actor 2016
98% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) Actor $0.2M 2015
32% Chappie Michelle Bradley 2015
30% Exodus: Gods and Kings Tuya 2014
20% All You Need Is Love Actor 2014
No Score Yet My Depression Actor 2014
56% Vamps Cisserus $3.2K 2012
4% The Cold Light of Day Carrack $3.8M 2012
30% Red Lights Dr. Margaret Matheson $49.8K 2012
74% Rampart Joan Confrey $1M 2012
5% Abduction Dr. Bennett $27.7M 2011
70% Paul The Big Guy $37.4M 2011
86% Cedar Rapids Macy Vanderhei $6.9M 2011
18% You Again Ramona $25.7M 2010
8% Crazy on the Outside Viki $64.9K 2010
82% Avatar Dr. Grace Augustine $749.8M 2009
73% 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 $50.9M 2008
71% The Girl in the Park Julia Sandburg 2008
95% WALL-E Ship's Computer $223.8M 2008
63% Baby Mama Chaffee Bicknell $60.3M 2008
65% Be Kind Rewind Ms. Lawson $11.3M 2008
34% Vantage Point Rex Brooks $72.3M 2008
No Score Yet His Highness Hollywood Actor 2008
65% The TV Set Lenny $35K 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 $151.9M 2006
73% Infamous Babe Paley $1.1M 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 $114.2M 2004
94% Alien: The Director's Cut Ripley 2003
73% The Guys Joan 2003
78% Holes Louise Walker $67.4M 2003
No Score Yet The Snow Queen & The Wild Swans Actor 2003
78% Tadpole Eve $2.9M 2002
No Score Yet The 'Alien' Saga Actor 2002
41% Big Bad Love Betti Deloreo $0.2M 2001
53% Heartbreakers Max 2001
14% Company Man Daisy Quimp 2001
89% 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
55% Alien Resurrection Ellen Ripley 1997
85% 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
78% Copycat Helen Hudson 1995
68% Jeffrey Debra Moorhouse 1995
84% Death and the Maiden Paulina Escobar 1995
95% Dave Ellen Mitchell 1993
32% 1492: Conquest of Paradise Queen Isabel 1992
44% Alien3 Ellen Ripley Producer 1992
No Score Yet Peachboy Narrator 1991
53% Ghostbusters 2 Dana Barrett 1989
No Score Yet Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge Actor 1989
83% 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
97% 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
11% Deal of the Century Catherine DeVoto 1983
88% The Year of Living Dangerously Jill Bryant 1983
No Score Yet Stories to Remember Narrator 1982
75% Eyewitness Tony Sokolow 1981
98% Alien Ripley 1979
No Score Yet Madman Actor 1979
No Score Yet Sorrows of Gin Actor 1979
No Score Yet Alien Legacy Actor 1979
98% Annie Hall Alvy's Date outside Theater 1977

TV

Credit
88% The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
2019
The Myth-Speaker 2019
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest 2018
2015
2014
78% 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
82% Doc Martin
2019
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
31% The Jay Leno Show
2009-2010
Guest 2009
60% Eli Stone
2008-2009
Therapist 2008
No Score Yet Pioneers of Television
2008-2014
Appearing 2008
95% Planet Earth
2007
Narrator 2007
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Narrator 2003
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
Voice Narrator 2003
95% Futurama
1999-2013
Guest Voice 2002
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2001

QUOTES FROM Sigourney Weaver CHARACTERS

Grace says: They're just pissing on us without even giving us the courtesy of calling it rain

Grace says: They're just pissing on us without even giving us the courtesy of calling it rain.

Ship's Computer says: (Cheerful) Ten seconds to self-destruct.

Ship's Computer says: Ten seconds to self-destruct.

Ellen Ripley says: Show me everything.

Mary Griffith says: [Crying] There was nothing wrong with him.

Mary Griffith says: There was nothing wrong with him.

Ellen Ripley says: Final report, the commercial star-ship Nostromo. Third officer reporting. The other members of the crew—Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash, and Captain Dallas—are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier within six weeks. With a little luck the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.

Ramona says: You stole Richie Philipps from me!

Gail says: Richie Philipps from High School?

Ramona says: I was in love with him!

Gail says: You were in love with him?!

Gail says: You were in love with him?

The Warden says: Stanley! Stanley, won't you just open it? Just let me see what's inside! Please?

Stanley Yelnats says: Excuse me? *closes trunk*

Stanley Yelnats says: Excuse me?

Ellen Ripley says: Get away from her you bitch!

Ellen Ripley says: Who do I have to fuck to get off this boat?

Johner says: I can get you off......maybe not the boat.

Johner says: I can get you off... maybe not the boat.

Distephano says: I thought you were dead?

Ellen Ripley says: Yeah, I get that a lot.

Ellen Ripley says: These people are here to protect you. They're soldiers.

Newt says: It won't make any difference.

The Warden says: I'm surrounded by a bunch of cow turds.

Gediman says: Fork

Ellen Ripley says: Fuck?

Gediman says: It's fork.

Ellen Ripley says: This is little girl survived long than that with no weapons and no training.

Newt says: (salutes)

Newt says: [salutes]

Pvt. Hudson says: Why don't you put her in charge!

Ellen Ripley says: We will and then we will blow it the fuck out into space!

Ellen Ripley says: Get away from her you bitch!

Ellen Ripley says: This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.

Ellen Ripley says: You've been in my life so long, I can't remember anything else.

Ellen Ripley says: I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit...it's the only way to be sure.

Dr. Margaret Matheson says: He's dangerous Tom...stay away from him.

Dr. Margaret Matheson says: What I can't forgive, is that for one second, and it only lasted a second...I thought it might be true...he made me doubt...and everyone could see it.

Ellen Ripley says: You...are...my...lucky...star...

Gwen DeMarco says: Let's get out of here before one of those things kills Guy.

Ash says: You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.

Lambert says: You admire it.

Ash says: I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.

Parker says: Look, I am... I've heard enough of this, and I'm asking you to pull the plug.

Ash says: Last word.

Ellen Ripley says: What?

Ash says: I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies.

Ellen Ripley says: Get away from her you bitch!

Jean Carrack says: You're scared, and scared people holding guns in my face... that scares me.

Ellen Ripley says: You're going out there to destroy them, right? Not to study. Not to bring back, but to wipe them out?

Carter Burke says: That's the plan.

Ellen Ripley says: God damn it, that's not all! Because if one of those things gets down here then that will be all! Then all this - this bullshit that you think is so important, you can just kiss all that goodbye!

Ellen Ripley says: Get away from her you BITCH!

Carter Burke says: Ripley...! You know, I... I expected more from you. I thought you'd be smarter than this.

Carter Burke says: Ripley! You know, I... I expected more from you. I thought you'd be smarter than this.

Ellen Ripley says: I'm happy to disappoint you.

Ellen Ripley says: Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?

Ellen Ripley says: I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!

Dr. Margaret Matheson says: Are there no real challenges left out there.

Gwen DeMarco says: [Gwen and Jason encounter the chompers] What is this thing? I mean, it serves no useful purpose for there to be a bunch of chompy, crushy things in the middle of a hallway. No, I mean we shouldn't have to do this, it makes no logical sense, why is it here?

Jason Nesmith says: 'Cause it's on the television show.

Gwen DeMarco says: Well forget it! I'm not doing it! This episode was badly written!

Gwen DeMarco says: Does the rolling *help*?

Jason Nesmith says: Yes, it helps.

Gwen DeMarco says: Ducts? Why is it always ducts?

Ship's Computer says: You will survive.

Captain says: I don't want to survive, I want to live!

Dr. Margaret Matheson says: There are two kinds of people out there with a special gift. The ones who really think they have some kind of power and the other guys who think we canâ??t figure them out. Theyâ??re both wrong.

Dr. Margaret Matheson says: There are two kinds of people out there with a special gift. The ones who really think they have some kind of power and the other guys who think we can't figure them out. They're both wrong.

Ellen Ripley says: get away from her you bitch!

Ellen Ripley says: Get away from her, you bitch!

Captain says: [Reads from book] Step 1, voice command: confirm acquisition.

Ship's Computer says: Confirm acquisition. [Grabs EVE] Voice authorization acquired.

Captain says: Uh...

Ship's Computer says: [Echoes Captain's voice] Uh. Accepted.

The Warden says: Excuse me?

Ash says: Ripley, for God's sake, this is the first time that we've encountered a species like this. It has to go back. All sorts of tests have to be made.

Ellen Ripley says: Ash, are you kidding? This thing bled acid. Who knows what it's gonna do when it's dead?

Ash says: I think it's safe to assume it isn't a zombie.

Ellen Ripley says: These people are here to protect you. They're soldiers.

Newt says: It won't make any difference.

Ellen Ripley says: Get away from her you B*TCH!

Paulina Escobar says: In Democracy,knocking is friendly.

Paulina Escobar says: In Democracy, knocking is friendly.

Ellen Ripley says: My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are.

Ellen Ripley says: Whenever he says *anything* you say 'right,' Brett, you know that?

Brett says: Right.

Ellen Ripley says: Parker, what do you think? Your staff just follows you around and says 'right'. Just like a regular parrot.

Parker says: Yeah, shape up. What are you some kind of parrot?

Ellen Ripley says: They cut the power.

Pvt. Hudson says: What do you mean, "They cut the power"? How could they cut the power, man? They're animals!

Pvt. Hudson says: What do you mean, 'They cut the power'? How could they cut the power, man? They're animals!

Dana Barrett says: (about Oscar)What do you think?

Peter Venkman says: Well, he's ugly.

Kate Holbrook says: It costs more to have someone born than to have someone killed!

Chaffee Bicknell says: It takes longer.

Ellen Ripley says: stupid cat

Ellen Ripley says: Stupid cat.

Ellen Ripley says: Ash can you hear me? Ash!?

Ash says: [Eyes open] Yes I can hear you.

Ellen Ripley says: What was your special order?

Ash says: You read it, I thought it was clear.

Ellen Ripley says: What was it?

Ash says: Bring back life form, priority one, all other priorities are rescinded.

Parker says: The damn Company. What about our lives you son of a bitch?

Ash says: I repeat, all other priorities are rescinded.

Ellen Ripley says: How do we kill it Ash, there's got to be a way of killing it, how, how do we do it?

Ash says: You can't.

Parker says: That's bullshit!

Ash says: You still don't understand what you're dealing with do you? Perfect organism. It's structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.

Lambert says: You admire it.

Ash says: I admire its purity. A survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.

Parker says: I've heard enough of this and i'm asking you to pull the plug.

Ash says: Last word.

Ellen Ripley says: What?

Ash says: I can't lie to you about your chances, but, you have my sympathies. [Smiles]

Ellen Ripley says: [Pulls the plug]

Gwen DeMarco says: Gwen: They're not all historical documents. Surely, you don't think Gilligan's Island is a ... Mathazar: Those poor people.

Gwen DeMarco says: Gwen: They're not all historical documents. Surely, you don't think Gilligan's Island is a ...

Gwen DeMarco says: Gwen: They're not all historical documents. Surely, you don't think Gilligan's Island is a...

Mathesar says: Those poor people.

Gwen DeMarco says: Look! I have one job on this ship. It's stupid, but I'm going to do it. Okay?

Jason Nesmith says: You're not gonna die on the planet, Guy.

Guy Fleegman says: I'm not? Then what's my last name?

Jason Nesmith says: It's... uh... uh... I don't know.

Guy Fleegman says: Nobody knows. Do you know why? Because my character isn't important enough for a last name, because I'm gonna die five minutes in!

Gwen DeMarco says: Guy, you have a last name.

Guy Fleegman says: DO I? DO I? For all you know, I'm Crewman Number Six! Mommy... mommy...

Ellen Ripley says: Whenever he says *anything* you say "right," Brett, you know that?

Ellen Ripley says: Whenever he says *anything* you say 'right,' Brett, you know that?

Brett says: Right.

Ellen Ripley says: Parker, what do you think? Your staff just follows you around and says "right". Just like a regular parrot.

Ellen Ripley says: Parker, what do you think? Your staff just follows you around and says 'right'. Just like a regular parrot.

Parker says: Yeah, shape up. What are you some kind of parrot?

Mary Griffith says: Before you echo AMEN to your home and in place of worship, think and remember, a child is listening.

Ellen Ripley says: I say we take off and nuke this entire site from orbit...it's the only way to be sure.

Ellen Ripley says: I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage

Ellen Ripley says: You know, Burke, I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage.

Ellen Ripley says: Get away from her you B*TCH!

Ship's Computer says: (After Eve is found on the ship) Voice authorisation required.

Ship's Computer says: [after Eve is found on the ship] Voice authorisation required.

Captain says: Er... (Device repeats it back to him).

Captain says: Er... [device repeats it back to him]

Ship's Computer says: Voice accepted.

Grace says: "I need to get some samples."

Grace says: I need to get some samples.

Peter Venkman says: Dana the guys are going down in the sewer to check for slime stuff, And Egon thinks there may even be a huge serge in cockroach breeding. Do ya wanna blow off this dinner thing and go with them?

Peter Venkman says: Dana the guys are going down in the sewer to check for slime stuff. And Egon thinks there may even be a huge serge in cockroach breeding. Do you wanna blow off this dinner thing and go with them?

Dana Barrett says: Taxi!

Peter Venkman says: Zool may i speak to Dana please?

Peter Venkman says: Zool may I speak to Dana please?

Dana Barrett says: [Zool voice] There is no Dana only Zool!

Peter Venkman says: What a lovely singing voice you must have.

Dana Barrett says: Oh Shit!

Dana Barrett says: Oh shit!

Dana Barrett says: That's the bedroom, but nothing but nothing ever happend in there.

Peter Venkman says: What a crime.

Dana Barrett says: You know you don't act like a Scientist.

Peter Venkman says: They're usually pretty stiff.

Peter Venkman says: You're more like a Game show host.

Peter Venkman says: You're more like a game show host.

Ellen Ripley says: This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.

Ellen Ripley says: This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off. [to Jonesy the cat]

Linda Freeman says: You are a very selfish man, Alex.

Alex Hughes says: I'm not selfish, you're just unreasonable.

Linda Freeman says: I'm autistic!

Alex Hughes says: Well, it's the same thing.

Dr. Bennett says: There were only four of us that knew your identity, two of us are dead.

Ellen Ripley says: [pointing to a part of the gun Hicks is showing her] What's this?

Ellen Ripley says: [pointing to a part of the gun Hicks is showing her] What's this?

Cpl. Dwayne Hicks says: That's the grenade launcher. I don't think you want to mess with that.

Ellen Ripley says: You started this. Show me everything. I can handle myself.

Cpl. Dwayne Hicks says: [chuckles] Yeah, I noticed.

Col. Miles Quaritch says: Shut your pie hole!

Grace says: Or what, "Ranger Rick"? You gonna shoot me?

Grace says: Or what, 'Ranger Rick'? You gonna shoot me?

Grace says: I can do that.

Col. Miles Quaritch says: I can do that.

Ellen Ripley says: Get away from her you bitch!

Ellen Ripley says: I'm thinking.

Parker says: Ash is a robot!

Ellen Ripley says: you know Burke,I don't know which species is worse.you don't see them f***ing each other over for a goddamn percentage

Ellen Ripley says: You know, Burke, I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage.

Katherine Parker says: This woman is my secretary!

Jack Trainer says: She is not!

Katherine Parker says: Oh, no? Ask her!

The Warden says: "I'm tired of this, grandpa!"

The Warden says: I'm tired of this, Grandpa.

Trout Walker says: "That's too damn bad!"

Trout Walker says: Well, that's too damn bad!

Ship's Computer says: Caution: Rogue robots. Caution...

Mary says: I didn't know we had a pool!

WALL-E says: Oh, EVE.

Captain says: Computer, define 'dancing.'

Ellen Ripley says: Get away from her, you bitch!

Dana Barrett says: (to Peter) Are you the key master?

Dana Barrett says: [to Peter] Are you the key master?

Peter Venkman says: Um. . .no. . .not that I know of. (Dana shuts door. Peter knocks again)

Peter Venkman says: Um no...not that I know of. [Dana shuts door. Peter knocks again]

Dana Barrett says: Are you the key master?

Peter Venkman says: Um. . .yeah. Um. . .I'm a friend of his, yeah.

Peter Venkman says: Um...yeah. Um...I'm a friend of his, yeah.

Ellen Ripley says: I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Ellen Ripley says: Micro changes in air density, my ass.

Tsu'tey says: You mated with this woman?

Grace says: Oh shit!

Ellen Ripley says: Get away from her, you bitch!