Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver

Her role as Ripley in 'Alien' (1979)
Background: Sigourney Weaver is considered by many to be one of the best actresses of present day. From her character Ripley in the brilliantsci-fi Alien movies to Dian Fossey in the amazing drama, Gorillas in the Mist, Weaver shows remarkable talent and versatility not oftenseen on the big screen.Standing at 6 feet tall, the admired actress is also a writer, producer, wife of director Jim Simpson and mother to daughterCharlotte. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Stanford University and a Master's Degree in Fine Arts from Yale. Face it, Weaver has animpressive background, impressive talent and is an impressive woman.Nominated for an Oscar three times and now in her 50's, Weaver continues to please fans with her outstanding adaptations of characterroles. From Alice Hunt in M. Night Shyamalan's eerie tale The Village (2004) to her upcoming character Babe Paley in Douglas McGrath's dramaEvery Word Is True (2005), which is slammed with an amazing cast: Sandra Bullock, Anjelica Huston, Ashley Judd, Kevin Kline and GwynethPaltrow (to name a few), fans who pay the high price of tickets to watch a movie released in theatres, most likely will get their fulldollar's worth if Sigourney Weaver is in the film."I'd rather have a small part in a movie I love than a bigger part inone I don't care about." Sigourney Weaver"Well, I've always admired Margaret Rutherford. Like her I'd like toplay Miss Marple when I'm eighty." Sigourney WeaverSusan to SigourneyChildhood and Family: Actor, Writer and Producer Susan Alexandra Weaver was born in New York, NY, on October 8, 1949. Her father, Sylvester, was a former NBCpresident and creator of The Today Show and The Tonight Show. Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis, was an actress. At the age of 14 Susanchanged her name to Sigourney, which she took F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby.Sigourney Weaver attended The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT,earned a B.A., in 1991 for English from the Stanford University in Stanford, California, and also attended Yale University, New Haven,Connecticut where she received a M.F.A., in Drama in 1974.In 1984 Sigourney married director Jim Simpson. The couple gavebirth to daughter Charlotte Simpson in 1990.Sigourney Stands TallCareer: Sigourney Weaver's film bio is one to be envied. Trained as a dramatic actress, she melts into different genres with ease. From avery young Ripley in Alien (1979) fighting a horrific parasiticcreature aboard the mining ship Nostromo to Jill Bryant in the Indonesian political drama The Year of Living Dangerously (1982),Weaver leaves an impression.Sigourney stands tall amid superstar casting. Cast with such leadingmen as: Tom Skerritt (Alien), William Hurt (Eyewitness), Mel Gibson (The Year of Living Dangerously), Kevin Kline (Dave) and Ben Kingsleyin the shocking drama Death and the Maiden, Weaver proves that actresses can indeed hold their own on the big screen.We only take a taste of Sigourney's credits. Roles in such films asThe Ice Storm (1997), Copycat (1995), Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997) and A Map of the World (1999) may take a back seat to her heartstopping performance in 1986 Aliens, for which Weaver returned to the role of Ellen Ripley in order to battle those vicious Aliens onceagain, this time on a colonized planet with the help of actors Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen and Bill Paxton. The character Ripley, alongwith her rendition of naturalist Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist, perhaps made Sigourney Weaver a star, but her continuous work as anesteemed actress keeps her there. "If you come back from the dead, you don't have the same value system, I think." Sigourney Weaver speaks about her role in Alien:ResurrectionAwards: BAFTA: Best Supporting Actress, The Ice Storm, 1997 Golden Globe: Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama), Gorillas in the Mist; 3-way tie with Shirley MacLaine in Madame Sousatzkaand andJodie Foster in The Accused, 1988 Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actress, Working Girl, 1988 IFP Gotham Actor Award, 1994 NATO: Star of the Year Award, 1986
It wouldn't surprise me if some time in the next 20 years or so, you see a white-haired Ripley hobbling around out there.More Sigourney Weaver quotes [10/08/2006 12:10:00]
What I love about the 'Alien' franchise is I would do all kinds of films - dramas, comedies, whatever - and every now and then I'd be in this science fiction blockbuster that would re-introduce the character and me to a lot of audiences around the world and allow me to go back and do the smaller films again, so it was really a good balance for me.More Sigourney Weaver quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I just feel that getting out there physically and protecting New York, putting my arms around everyone and protecting them... to see this happen to our city and our community.More Sigourney Weaver quotes [10/08/2006 12:10:00]
It's always the script that's going to lure me. And I don't really care about the part.More Sigourney Weaver quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I have a very commercial appetite. I don't like to do high-brow things.More Sigourney Weaver quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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