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Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress.

Early life
Weaver is the daughter of the late NBC television executive Pat Weaver and Desirée Hawkins Ingles, a British actress. Her uncle was comedian and actor Doodles Weaver.

She began using the name Sigourney Weaver in 1963, after a character in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. She attended the prestigious prep school, the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut and later studied English at Stanford University, then drama at Yale School of Drama where she appeared in original plays by friend and classmate Christopher Durang.

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Starring Sigourney Weaver and David ...
Starring Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver, Emmy and Tony winner David Hyde Pierce and frequent Durang collaborator Kristine Nielsen as a trio of dysfunctional siblings, the Nicholas Martin-helmed comedy is playing a limited 17-week engagement. In ...
Fyvush Finkel, Victor Garber Meet David Hyde Pierce, Sigourney Weaver, and ...TheaterMania.com
Christopher Durang and Sigourney Weaver on Reuniting for Vanya and Sonia ...Vulture
'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike' at John Golden TheaterNew York Times
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  Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:51:22 GMT

Sigourney Weaver - Ellen Ripley named greatest movie hero
Ellen Ripley has been named the greatest movie hero. Sigourney Weaver's iconic character in the 'Alien' franchise topped Total Film magazine's poll of the 100 greatest movie heroes, beating James Bond and Batman, while 'Star Wars' antagonist Darth ...

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  Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:13:55 GMT

Sigourney Weaver Kills on Broadway; Bette Davis: Review
Weaver plays Masha, a movie star not unlike Sigourney Weaver, who returns to the country home where her unfocused gay brother Vanya (Hyde Pierce) and terminally disappointed sister Sonia (Kristine Nielsen) sleepwalk through lives of, you know ...

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  Fri, 15 Mar 2013 02:19:35 GMT


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Broadway
Headlined by Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver ,Emmy and Tony winner David Hyde Pierce and frequent Durang collaborator Kristine Nielsen, the modern-day comedy officially opens on March 14, and is scheduled to play a 17-week engagement. In addition to ...
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, With Sigourney Weaver and David ...Playbill.com

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  Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:22:53 GMT


Iconic Female Film Characters
The likes of Sigourney Weaver, Vivien Leigh and Carrie Fisher have been behind some of the most iconic female film characters of all time. We have already looked at some of the most iconic male characters over the years and now it is time to take a ...

  Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:41:18 GMT


Characters That Underwent A Gender Change
Ellen Ripley is one of the most famous female characters of all time and remains Sigourney Weaver's greatest role. And yet all of the major roles on Alien were written as unisex characters and that allowed casting directors to interpret the characters ...

  Sun, 31 Mar 2013 08:11:24 GMT

Interview: CHVRCHES
Consequence of Sound
The group was in a jovial mood as they took a break from recording their debut album (due in September) to speak to Consequence of Sound about the SXSW experience, their approach to music, and a love of 80's movie soundtracks. You were awarded the ...

  Tue, 02 Apr 2013 04:02:05 GMT


Beatles Approved: Sigourney Weaver Sends Up Her ?Alien? Self in Brilliant ...
I am happy to report that all the zany eccentricity has relocated intact. Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce are the stars, and they follow through with Tony -level performances. But there are several people on stage. Kristine Nielsen is from ...

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  Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:20:02 GMT

BWW Interviews: Debut of the Month - VANYA AND SONIA's Shalita Grant
Broadway World
When their sister Masha (Sigourney Weaver), a famous movie star, arrives unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike (Billy Magnussen), an unforgettable weekend of rivalry, regret and generally hilarious racket begins. By the end of their ...

  Mon, 01 Apr 2013 21:37:09 GMT

10 Insane Movie Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
Alien: Ressurrection is considered to be a somewhat naff entry in the Alien canon, and that's partly because it's an Alien film with a basketball scene in it. What is basketball scene doing in a movie like this, right? It's Alien! Still, there's a sort ...

  Sat, 30 Mar 2013 15:18:00 GMT

Film Career
Although Weaver has played a number of critically acclaimed roles in movies like Gorillas in the Mist, The Ice Storm, Dave, and The Year of Living Dangerously, she is perhaps best known for her appearances as Warrant Officer/Lieutenant Ellen Ripley in the blockbuster "Alien" movie franchise. Her first appearance as Ripley was in Ridley Scott's 1979 film Alien. She then reprised the role in all three sequels: Aliens, Alien³, and Alien: Resurrection. She was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for portraying Ripley in Aliens.

She also appeared in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, as Dana Barrett. She played the role of the agoraphobic criminal psychologist Helen Hudson in the 1995 movie Copycat, and went on to become the most highly paid actress of the 1990s. In addition to her trademark role as Ripley, Weaver has recently concentrated on smaller, more challenging roles such as 1999's A Map of the World and 2006's Snowcake. Critics have also noted her consistent performances in comedic roles, such as in Jeffrey (1994) and Heartbreakers (2001), in which she starred with Jennifer Love Hewitt.

In 2003, Weaver was voted 20th in Channel 4's countdown of the 100 greatest movie stars of all time. She was one of only two women in the top 20 (the other was Audrey Hepburn).

Bryan Singer had originally wanted Weaver to play the lead villainess role of Emma Frost in X-Men: The Last Stand. But after Singer left the project to direct Superman Returns, the story changed considerably and the part of Emma Frost was dropped entirely from the script.

Dual nominations
In addition to her Academy Award nomination for Aliens, Weaver has received two other nominations in her career. Both occurred in 1988; This makes Weaver one of only ten actors and actresses to have received two nominations in the same year. Weaver received a Best Actress nomination for her role as gorilla conservationist Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist and a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as Katharine Parker in Working Girl opposite Harrison Ford and Melanie Griffith. She did not win either one; however, she won a Golden Globe award for each role.

Personal life
Weaver married theater director Jim Simpson (of The Flea Theater) in 1984, and they have one child, Charlotte Simpson (born 1990).

After making the movie Gorillas in the Mist, she became a supporter of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and is now the DFGFI's honorary chairperson.

Weaver is a committed environmentalist. In October 2006 she drew international attention through a news conference at the start of a United Nations General Assembly policy deliberation. The topic was the widespread threat to ocean habitats posed by deep-sea trawling, an industrial method for harvesting fish.

Weaver is notable for her stature, standing 1.82 m (6 ft) tall.

Partial Filmography

2009 Avatar as Grace
2008 The Tale of Despereaux - voice only
2007 The Girl In The Park as Julia Sandburg
2007 Vantage Point
2007 Happily N'Ever After as Rieda (voice)
2006 Infamous as Babe Paley
2006 The TV Set as Lenny
2006 Snowcake as Linda Freeman
2004 Imaginary Heroes as Sandy Travis
2004 The Village as Alice Hunt
2003 Holes as Warden Walker
2002 Tadpole as Eve Grubman
2001 Heartbreakers as Max Conners/Angela
1999 Galaxy Quest as Gwen DeMarco/Lieutenant Tawny Madison
1997 The Ice Storm as Janey Carver
1997 Alien: Resurrection as Ellen Ripley clone
1997 Snow White: A Tale of Terror as Claudia Hoffman
1995 Jeffrey as Debra Moorhouse
1995 Copycat as Helen Hudson
1994 Death and the Maiden as Paulina Escobar
1993 Dave as Ellen Mitchell
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise as Queen Isabella
1992 Alien 3 as Ellen Ripley
1989 Ghostbusters II as Dana Barrett
1988 Working Girl as Katharine Parker
1988 Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey as Dian Fossey
1986 Aliens as Ellen Ripley
1986 Half Moon Street as Dr. Lauren Slaughter
1985 Une femme ou deux as Jessica Fitzgerald
1984 Ghostbusters as Dana Barrett
1982 The Year of Living Dangerously as Jilly Bryant
1981 Eyewitness as Tony Sokolow
1979 Alien as Ellen Ripley
1977 Annie Hall as Alvy's Date Outside Theater


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