Name: Susan Alexandra Weaver
Date of Birth: October 8, 1949
Place Of Birth: Manhattan, New York City
Parents: Sylvester L. Weaver Jr.(television producer), Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins) (actress)
A classically trained dramatic actress, and after being schooled in her native New York City, Weaver attended Stanford University and then obtained her master’s at the Yale School of Drama.
An icon of modern film Sigourney Weaver is known as the queen of science fiction due to appearing in several films that happened to play a key role in setting the bar for modern science fiction on film. She is also so much more and besides directing, and producing she has also established herself as one of the most gifted and versatile actresses of her generation.
Following her film debut as a minor character in Annie Hall (1977), she quickly came to prominence in 1979 with her first lead role as Ellen Ripley in Alien. She reprised the role in three sequels: Aliens (1986), for which she earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress; Alien 3 (1992), and Alien: Resurrection (1997). She is also known for her starring roles in the box-office hits Ghostbusters (1984), Ghostbusters II (1989), Galaxy Quest (1999), and Avatar (2009).
Ms. Weaver also played a role in breaking new ground in the sorts of characters given to women. Her portrayal of the logical, smart, and capable Ellen Ripley was among the first to establish women in roles that portrayed them as every bit as capable as men or more, instead of playing cliched women’s parts as helpless and incapable of dealing with problems without the help of a man. As if that wasn’t enough she also showed a real talent for comedic roles while also establishing herself as being capable of portraying very sexy characters too in parts that were not insulting or otherwise degrading to women.
Weaver was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for the 1980 Off-Broadway play Das Lusitania Songspiel and received a Tony Award nomination for the 1984 Broadway play Hurlyburly. A seven-time Golden Globe Award nominee, she won both Best Actress in Drama and Best Supporting Actress for her work in the 1988 films Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, becoming the first person to win two acting Golden Globes in the same year. She also received Academy Award nominations for both films.
For her role in the 1997 film The Ice Storm, she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Additionally, she has received three Emmy Award nominations and won two Saturn Awards.
Weaver acquired the nickname of “The Sci-Fi Queen” for her numerous contributions to science-fiction film history including minor roles in successful works such as Futurama (2002), WALL-E (2008), Paul (2011), and The Cabin in the Woods (2012). Her other films include The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), Dave (1993), Death and the Maiden (1994), Copycat (1995), Galaxy Quest (1999) and Prayers for Bobby (2009). In 2013, she returned to Broadway to star in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Few actresses can claim to have had careers that were so important in contributing tot he advancement and evolution of modern filmmaking. She is a remarkable and talented individual who is indeed a star in the genre galaxy and beyond.