59 Facts About Sigourney Weaver


Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver is an American actress.


Sigourney Weaver reprised her role in James Cameron's Aliens, for which she received her first Academy Award nomination, and again in Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection.


Sigourney Weaver reunited with Cameron in the science fiction films Avatar and Avatar: The Way of Water, two of the highest-grossing films of all time.


Sigourney Weaver was the first actor to have two acting wins at the Golden Globes in the same year, and received Academy Award nominations for both films.


Sigourney Weaver won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Ice Storm.


Sigourney Weaver has performed voice roles in the animated films The Tale of Despereaux and Pixar films WALL-E and Finding Dory as well as several documentaries, such as the BBC series Planet Earth and The Beatles: Eight Days a Week.


Sigourney Weaver won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for narrating the humour book Earth.


Susan Alexandra Sigourney Weaver was born in New York City on October 8,1949.


Pat's brother, Winstead "Doodles" Sigourney Weaver, was a comedian and contributor to Mad.


At the age of 14, Weaver began using the name "Sigourney", taking it from a minor character in The Great Gatsby.


Sigourney Weaver briefly attended the Brearley School and Chapin School in New York before arriving at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut, where she developed an early interest in performance art.


Sigourney Weaver was involved in theatrical productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and You Can't Take It with You during one summer at Southbury, Connecticut.


In 1967, shortly before turning 18, Sigourney Weaver visited Israel and volunteered on a kibbutz for several months.


Sigourney Weaver avoided Stanford's drama department, as she believed their productions were too "stuffy" and "safe".


Sigourney Weaver subsequently applied to Yale University's School of Drama, performing Bertolt Brecht's Saint Joan of the Stockyards at her audition, and was accepted.


Sigourney Weaver admitted that she had a difficult time at Yale.


Sigourney Weaver was not fond of the shows at Yale Repertory Theatre, and had little luck getting lead roles in school productions.


Sigourney Weaver credited her friends such as Christopher Durang, who kept hiring her for his plays, as well as her time at the Yale Cabaret, as crucial in helping her pull through.


Sigourney Weaver graduated from Yale with a Master of Fine Arts in 1974.


Sigourney Weaver performed in the first production of the Stephen Sondheim musical The Frogs while at Yale, alongside Larry Blyden and fellow students Meryl Streep and Durang.


Sigourney Weaver was briefly an understudy in a John Gielgud production of Captain Brassbound's Conversion thereafter.


Sigourney Weaver appeared in an off-Broadway production of Durang's comedy Beyond Therapy in 1981, which was directed by then-fledgling director Jerry Zaks.


Cartwright stated to World Entertainment News Network that she was in England ready to start work on Alien when she discovered that she would be playing the navigator Lambert in the project, and Sigourney Weaver had been given the lead role of Ellen Ripley.


Sigourney Weaver reprised the role seven years later in the sequel to Alien, similarly titled Aliens.


Sigourney Weaver next appeared opposite Mel Gibson as British Embassy officer Jill Bryant in The Year of Living Dangerously released to critical acclaim, and as Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II.


In 1988, Sigourney Weaver starred as primatologist Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist.


Sigourney Weaver won Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for her two roles that year.


Sigourney Weaver received two Academy Award nominations in 1988, for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Working Girl and Best Actress for Gorillas in the Mist.


Sigourney Weaver returned to the big screen with Alien 3 and Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise in which she played the role of Queen Isabella.


Sigourney Weaver played the role of agoraphobic criminal psychologist Helen Hudson in the movie Copycat.


Sigourney Weaver concentrated on smaller and supporting roles such as Jeffrey with Nathan Lane and Patrick Stewart.


In 2001, Sigourney Weaver appeared in the comedy Heartbreakers playing the lead role of a con-artist alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ray Liotta, Gene Hackman and Anne Bancroft.


Sigourney Weaver appeared in several films throughout the decade including Holes, the M Night Shyamalan horror film The Village, Vantage Point, and Baby Mama.


In 2007, Sigourney Weaver returned to Rwanda for the BBC special Gorillas Revisited, in which Sigourney Weaver reunites with the Rwandan apes from the film Gorillas in the Mist, some 20 years later.


Sigourney Weaver has done voice work in various television series and in animated feature films.


Sigourney Weaver made a rare guest appearance on television playing herself in season 2 episode of the television series Eli Stone in the fall of 2008.


In 2009, Sigourney Weaver starred as Mary Griffith in her first made-for-TV movie, Prayers for Bobby, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award.


Principal photography for Avatar: The Way of Water and Avatar 3 started simultaneously on September 25,2017; for Avatar 3, Sigourney Weaver stated that she would portray a different, currently unknown character.


Sigourney Weaver has hosted two episodes of the long-running NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live: once on the 12th-season premiere in 1986, and again, on a season 35 episode in January 2010.


Sigourney Weaver was honored at the 2010 Scream Awards earning The Heroine Award which honored her work in science fiction, horror and fantasy films.


In 2014, Sigourney Weaver reprised the role of Ripley for the first time in 17 years by voicing the character in the video game Alien: Isolation.


Sigourney Weaver's character has a voice cameo in the main story, and has a central role in the two DLCs set during the events of Alien, with most of the original cast voicing their respective characters.


Sigourney Weaver appeared in the film Exodus: Gods and Kings playing Tuya, directed by Ridley Scott, alongside Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton and Ben Kingsley.


On February 25,2015, Sigourney Weaver confirmed that she would reprise her role as Ellen Ripley in the new Alien film.


In 2016, Sigourney Weaver voiced herself in a cameo in the Pixar film Finding Dory.


On June 7,2019, Sigourney Weaver confirmed that she would reprise her role as Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which was released on November 19,2021.


Sigourney Weaver's voice has been used for audiobooks, film soundtracks, and video games including James Cameron's Avatar: The Game and Alien: Isolation.


Sigourney Weaver has been married to stage director Jim Simpson since October 1,1984.


Sigourney Weaver is a friend of Jamie Lee Curtis, with whom she starred in the romantic comedy You Again.


Sigourney Weaver appeared in two episodes of the UK television series Doc Martin in 2015 and 2017 playing an American tourist.


Sigourney Weaver revealed that the reason behind her appearances was her 40-year friendship with Doc Martin star Selina Cadell.


Sigourney Weaver was honored by the Explorers Club for this work, and is considered to be an environmentalist.


Sigourney Weaver outlined the widespread threat to ocean habitats posed by deep-sea trawling, an industrial method for catching fish.


Sigourney Weaver has appeared in numerous works across her career; among these, her highest-acclaimed film roles include Alien, The Year of Living Dangerously, Ghostbusters, Aliens, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl, The Ice Storm, Dave, Death and the Maiden, Copycat, Galaxy Quest, Holes, WALL-E, Avatar, The Cabin in the Woods and A Monster Calls.


Sigourney Weaver was nominated for the British Academy Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles and the Saturn Award for Best Actress for her performance in the first installment of the Alien franchise.


Sigourney Weaver earned two Academy Award nominations for Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl simultaneously, for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively; these roles won her two Golden Globe Awards.


Sigourney Weaver was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in the play Hurlyburly, which was her 1985 stage debut.


Sigourney Weaver won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for appearing in The Ice Storm.


Sigourney Weaver has been nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards, three for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie and one for Outstanding Narrator.