Though three-time Oscar nominee and six-time Golden Globe nominee Sigourney Weaver has succeeded in a variety of prominent movie roles over the past three decades, she is perhaps best known as iron-willed sci-fi heroine Ellen Ripley in the blockbuster “Alien” franchise.
Weaver, who was born “Susan” but borrowed the name Sigourney after a character in “The Great Gatsby,” began acting on the New York stage before appearing in such movies as “Annie Hall,” the first “Alien” and “The Year of Living Dangerously.”
She went on to appear in such film hits as “Ghostbusters” (and its sequel), “Gorillas in the Mist” (as zoologist Dian Fossey), “Working Girl” and “Dave.”
The nearly 6-foot tall actress worked throughout the 1990s and 2000s in an eclectic mix of indie and studio movies, impressing in both supporting and lead roles. Highlights include “The Ice Storm,” “A Map of the World,” “Galaxy Quest,” “Heartbreakers,” “Holes,” “The Village,” “The TV Set” and “Baby Mama.”
She reunited with “Aliens” director James Cameron for the megahit “Avatar,” in which she played Dr. Grace Augustine.
Weaver also earned Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award nominations for her poignant portrayal of true-life gay rights advocate Mary Griffith in the 2009 Lifetime movie “Prayers for Bobby.”
The actress, whose late father was former NBC-TV president “Pat” Weaver, has been married since 1984 to film and theater director Jim Simpson. They have one daughter, Charlotte.
— Gary Goldstein in the Los Angeles Times
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