Sigourney Weaver

Actor, Playwright, Producer
One of Hollywood's most versatile and respected actresses, Sigourney Weaver, like many actors of her generation, had her career start on soap operas. After only a few years paying her dues, Weaver achieved overnight ... Read more »
Born: 10/07/1949 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (114)

Avatar 4 2018 (Movie)

(Actor)

Avatar 3 2017 (Movie)

(Actor)

Avatar 2 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chappie 2015 (Movie)

Michelle Bradley (Actor)

All You Need Is Love 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Exodus: Gods And Kings 2014 (Movie)

Tuya (Actor)

The Wedding Contract 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Political Animals 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Red Lights 2012 (Movie)

Margaret Matheson (Actor)

The Cold Light of Day 2012 (Movie)

Carrack (Actor)

Vamps 2012 (Movie)

Ciccerus (Actor)

Abduction 2011 (Movie)

Dr. Bennett (Actor)

Cedar Rapids 2011 (Movie)

Macy Vanderhei (Actor)

Paul 2011 (Movie)

The Big Guy (Actor)

Rampart 2011 (Movie)

Joan Confrey (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crazy on the Outside 2010 (Movie)

Vicky (Actor)

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

You Again 2010 (Movie)

Ramona (Actor)

2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Avatar 2009 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Baby Mama 2008 (Movie)

Chaffee Bicknell (Actor)

Be Kind Rewind 2008 (Movie)

Ms. Lawson (Actor)

Eli Stone 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pioneers of Television 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tale of Despereaux 2008 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Vantage Point 2008 (Movie)

Rex Brooks (Actor)

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Ship's Computer (Voice)

Happily N'Ever After 2007 (Movie)

Frieda (Voice)

Snow Cake 2007 (Movie)

Linda Freeman (Actor)

The Girl in the Park 2007 (Movie)

Julia Sandburg (Actor)

The TV Set 2007 (Movie)

Lenny (Actor)

Infamous 2006 (Movie)

Babe Paley (Actor)

Imaginary Heroes 2004 (Movie)

Sandy Travis (Actor)

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Village 2004 (Movie)

Alice Hunt (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years..100 Heroes and Villains 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Holes 2003 (Movie)

The Warden (Actor)

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bad Love 2002 (Movie)

of Betty Deloreo (Voice)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Futurama 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Tadpole 2002 (Movie)

Eve Grubman (Actor)

The Guys 2002 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

Company Man 2001 (Movie)

Daisy Quimp (Actor)

Conde Nast Traveler All-Star Special 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartbreakers 2001 (Movie)

Angela Nardino/ Max Conners/ Ulga Yevanova (Actor)

Speak Truth to Power 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Roman Empire in the First Century 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Inside the Actors Studio 2000 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Sundance20 2000 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Map of the World 1999 (Movie)

Alice Goodwin (Actor)

Galaxy Quest 1999 (Movie)

Gwen DeMarco (Actor)

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Jessica Tandy 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Roman Polanski: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Alien Resurrection 1997 (Movie)

Ripley (Actor)

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ice Storm 1997 (Movie)

Janey Carver (Actor)

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Copycat 1995 (Movie)

Helen Hudson (Actor)

Jeffrey 1995 (Movie)

Debra Moorhouse (Actor)

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Death and the Maiden 1994 (Movie)

Paulina Escobar (Actor)

Dave 1993 (Movie)

Ellen Mitchell (Actor)

1492: The Conquest of Paradise 1992 (Movie)

Queen Isabella (Actor)

Alien3 1992 (Movie)

Ripley (Actor)

Hollywood Hotshots 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 46th Annual Tony Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Peachboy 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

Dana Barrett (Actor)

Helmut Newton: Frames From the Edge 1989 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Our Common Future 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Premiere: Inside the Summer Blockbusters 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of Gorillas in the Mist 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Gorillas in the Mist 1988 (Movie)

Dian Fossey (Actor)

Twilight of the Gorilla 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Working Girl 1988 (Movie)

Katharine Parker (Actor)

A Woman or Two 1987 (Movie)

Jessica Fitzgerald (Actor)

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Aliens 1986 (Movie)

Warrant Officer Ripley (Actor)

Half Moon Street 1986 (Movie)

Dr Lauren Slaughter (Actor)

Ghostbusters 1984 (Movie)

Dana Barrett (Actor)

Deal of the Century 1983 (Movie)

Mrs DeVoto (Actor)

The Year of Living Dangerously 1982 (Movie)

Jill Bryant (Actor)

Eyewitness 1981 (Movie)

Tony Sokolow (Actor)

Alien 1979 (Movie)

Ripley (Actor)

Annie Hall 1977 (Movie)

Alvy's Date Outside Theatre (Actor)

Somerset 1969 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Planet Earth (TV Show)

Narrator

Prayers for Bobby (TV Show)

Actor

Project Runway (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wild Swans (TV Show)

Narrator

Biography

One of Hollywood's most versatile and respected actresses, Sigourney Weaver, like many actors of her generation, had her career start on soap operas. After only a few years paying her dues, Weaver achieved overnight stardom as the tenacious heroine, Ellen Ripley, of Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller "Alien" (1979). The sole survivor of the original movie, Weaver returned to play Ripley for three more "Alien" sequels, setting the standard for big-screen heroines for generations to come. A statuesque beauty who became a kind of thinking man's sex symbol, Weaver lit up the screen throughout the 1980s and 1990s in a series of hit films which, genre-wise, ran the gamut; from comedy, with her hilarious turns in "Ghostbusters" (1984) and "Galaxy Quest" (1999), to critically lauded dramas and thrillers such as "The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), "Gorillas in the Mist" (1988), "Copycat" (1995) and "The Ice Storm" (1997). She even tapped into indie features like "A Map of the World" (1999), "Tadpole" (2002) and "Holes" (2003). Whether playing an autistic woman in "Snow Cake" (2007), a news reporter in "Vantage Point" (2009), or a compassionate scientist in the blockbuster "Avatar" (2008), the classically trained Weaver proved that she was that rare actress capable of playing just about any role she chose with equal skill.

Relationships

Elizabeth Inglis Actor

Mother
Born July 10, 1913 Died Aug. 25, 2007

James McClure

Companion
Together in the late 1970s and early 1980s

Jim Simpson Actor

Husband
Met at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 1983 Married Oct. 1, 1984

Charlotte Simpson Actor

Daughter
Born April 13, 1990; father, Jim Simpson Played mother and daughter in "The Guys" (2002), directed by Weaver's husband Jim Simpson

Sylvester "Pat" Weaver Actor

Father
Born Dec. 21, 1908; began first cable TV station in 1963 Died March 15, 2002 at age 93

Trajan Weaver

Brother
Born c. 1945

Doodles Weaver Actor

Uncle
Born May 11, 1911 Died Jan. 17, 1983 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

EDUCATION

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1974
Graduated in same class as Christopher Durang and one year before Meryl Streep

Stanford University

Palo Alto , California 1971

Ethel Walker School

Simsbury , Connecticut

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Bruce Willis and Henry Cavill in action thriller "The Cold Light of Day"

2012

Made a cameo as The Director in the horror thriller "The Cabin in the Woods"

2012

Starred in the USA Network miniseries "Political Animals" as a former First Lady-turned-Secretary of State

2012

Cast in the crime drama "Rampart" opposite Woody Harrelson

2012

Cast alongside Robert De Niro and Cillian Murphy in thriller "Red Lights"

2011

Appeared in the John Singleton directed action thriller "Abduction"

2010

Co-starred in the romantic comedy "You Again" with Jamie Lee Curtis and Betty White

2009

Re-teamed with James Cameron for the 3-D science fiction epic film "Avatar"

2009

Played a devout Christian who came to terms with her son's homosexuality after his suicide in the Lifetime movie "Prayers for Bobby"; earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actress in a TV Movie

2008

Cast as a news producer in the ensemble thriller "Vantage Point"

2008

Cast opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in the comedy "Baby Mama"

2007

Portrayed an autistic woman opposite Alan Rickman in "Snow Cake"

2007

Cast in the network satire "The TV Set," directed by Jake Kasdan and starring David Duchovny

2006

Played a Manhattan socialite in the Truman Capote biopic "Infamous"

2004

Starred with Jeff Daniels in the family drama "Imaginary Heroes"

2004

Starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" with William Hurt and Joaquin Phoenix

2003

Starred in the play-turned-motion picture drama "The Guys"

2003

Was the warden in the teen feature "Holes"

2002

Played Eve, a woman whose 16 year old stepson falls in love with her in "Tadpole"

2002

Returned to the NYC stage in "The Guys"; performed off-off-Broadway at the Flea, a company run by her husband

2001

With Jennifer Love Hewitt, played a mother-daughter con team in "Heartbreakers"

2001

Had featured role in "Company Man"

1999

Teamed with Julianne Moore for the screen version of the novel "A Map of the World"

1999

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (December 16)

1997

Re-teamed with Kline in Ang Lee's mood piece "The Ice Storm"

1997

Played a clone of Ripley in "Alien Resurrection"

1997

TV-movie debut as the wicked stepmother in "Snow White: A Tale of Terror" (original intended for theatrical release but aired on Showtime); earned an Emmy nomination

1996

Returned to Broadway as the star of Christopher Durang's "Sex and Longing"

1995

Appeared as an agoraphobic psychologist in "Copycat" opposite Holly Hunter

1993

First onscreen teaming with Kevin Kline in "Dave"

1992

Again reprised Ripley for David Fincher's "Alien 3"; debuted as a producer

1989

Reprised role of Dana Barrett in "Ghostbusters II"

1988

Portrayed a ruthless business woman in "Working Girl"; received one of two Oscar nominations that year for Best Supporting Actress; became the first actor nominated in two categories not to win either

1988

Portrayed gorilla conservationist Dian Fossey in "Gorillas in the Mist"; received one of two Oscar nominations that year for Best Actress; became the first actor nominated in two categories not to win either

1986

Reprised her role as Ripley in James Cameron's "Aliens"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress

1984

Co-starred in the Broadway production of "Hurlyburly," directed by Mike Nichols; received a Tony nomination

1984

Had female lead of Dana Barrett in the blockbuster comedy "Ghostbusters"

1982

Co-starred opposite Mel Gibson in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously"

1979

Breakthrough film role as franchise protagonist Ellen Ripley in Ridley Scott's sci fi epic "Alien"

1977

Had bit part as Woody Allen's movie date in "Annie Hall"

1976

Film acting debut in "Madman" (Israel)

1976

TV debut as a regular on the NBC soap "Somerset"; appeared alongside Ted Danson and JoBeth Williams

1976

With Durang, co-wrote and co-starred in "Das Lusitania Songspiel"; produced off-off-Broadway

1974

Broadway debut (as understudy) in "The Constant Wife"

1974

Appeared with Meryl Streep in the chorus of the Stephen Sondheim adaptation of "The Frogs" performed at Yale

1970

After attending Stanford, moved to Israel and lived on a kibbutz

1965

Made early stage appearances in Southbury, CT

1963

Began using the name Sigourney (after a character mentioned in "The Great Gatsby")

Off-Broadway debut in Christopher Durang's "The Nature and Purpose of the Universe"

Formed Goat Cay Productions

Returned to the U.S. and enrolled at Yale

Bonus Trivia

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Weaver's father, who was something of a Roman history buff, reportedly wanted to name her Flavia, but her mother insisted on Susan.

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Weaver appeared on the cover of Time magazine (with an alien from the film "Aliens") in 1986.

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"Being tall has its advantages. For me, it's a litmus test: if I enter a room and an actor stands up and then immediately gets self-conscious and sits back down, I hear myself saying, nope, this job isn't for me." – Weaver quoted in Us magazine, March 1995

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"Here's my theory, producers are short. I'm not the average producer's sexual fantasy. I am tall. When I come into a room wearing platforms, they go, 'She's not my type of woman,' because what they're looking for is the petite blonde who looks up to them. With me, directors either sit up in the middle of the night and go, Sigourney Weaver! or they don't" – Weaver quoted in Movieline, September 1997

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"It was never important to me to display my sexuality. I didn't feel I had to prove I was a babe to anyone. I always took parts based on the story and director, and very rarely on what the character was. [The roles] I get offered [are] isolated women. It's easier for them to see me as a woman on my own. I can have a token love story, but in the end, I'm gonna be this strong woman. Maybe it's harder for them to see me in a couples situation." – Weaver quoted in Daily News, Nov. 23, 1997

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"Comedy is the one thing I'm really good at. I don't know why I've had such a serious career. I've had the most serious career." – Weaver to USA Today, Nov. 26, 1997

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"I prefer to not have any image, or any one image. It's because I come from the theater originally. My dream, when I was a young actor, was to be in a repertory company, where you could play the maid in one piece and then play the leading lady in another, and go from comedy to drama and really hop all over the place. And I actually realized a long time ago that you can't expect anything to happen; you can't expect anyone else to know what you want, where you want to go next. So I guess what I'm always doing is trying to create this mini-rep company in my head." – Weaver to The New York Times, Dec. 7, 1997

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"Sigourney is the one person who's shown us that you can do it all." – Winona Ryder on Weaver to The New York Times, Dec. 7, 1997

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In 1998, Weaver was named Woman of the Year by the Harvard Hasty Pudding Club.

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"I think when I see an actress performing in a film and it seems to be directed specifically at men then that strikes me as less inspiring than women who are acting for themselves or even for other women. That's why I admire great Europeans like Garbo and Dietrich who seem to combine their intelligence with their bodily allure so well, and not feel a problem, seem almost immune to the effect they're having." – Weaver, quoted in "The Great Movie Stars". Vol. 3, by David Shipman.

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"I've just always been drawn to off-Broadway. Maybe because that's where I worked most of the time when I first came to the city and worked with so many beginning playwrights. I have always been so grateful to have had three or four years off-Broadway before I had to go and do anything that was more conventional because I feel like off- and off-off-Broadway are where the really interesting stuff starts to bubble up. Also, I feel like the off-Broadway audiences are very smart, very engaged, very sophisticated." – Weaver quoted in Playbill, March 31, 2004

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"When I was eight, I asked my mother if I was pretty," Sigourney recalled. Her mom, British actress Elizabeth Inglis replied, "No dear. You're just plain." – Weaver to People magazine, April 30, 2007

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"When you're young, there's so much now that you can't take it in. It's pouring over you like a waterfall. When you're older, it's less intense, but you're able to reach out and drink it. I love being older." – Weaver quoted in Esquire, January 2010

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