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
I wanted to play a mother again. I thought it would be interesting to play the mother of an older child. And it was also the kind of part I've been looking for my whole career, actually, in film. You know, just to play a femme fatale who's very smart, and wicked.More Sigourney Weaver quotes [10/08/2006 12:10:00]
Maybe you're better to play a villain just straight out.More Sigourney Weaver quotes [10/08/2006 12:10:00]
It was actually a relief for me to play an actor who was scared, who didn't know where everything was, who didn't know what buttons to push, and for me to be able to play all that.More Sigourney Weaver quotes [10/08/2006 12:10:00]
I'm always the last person they go to with a sequel, because I'm the most skeptical. You know, I'm very proud of what we've done, and I don't want to screw up our series.More Sigourney Weaver quotes [10/08/2006 12:10:00]
I often meet young directors who, you know, had a 'Ghostbusters' picture on their wall as they were growing up. And it's really nice. It just shows how inter-generational our industry is.More Sigourney Weaver quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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