Fast Facts

  • At age 14, she took the name Sigourney from a character in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.
  • While a student at Stanford University, she joined a theater group, lived in a treehouse with a friend and spent two months in Israel on a kibbutz.
  • Breakthrough role was as Ellen Ripley in the 1979 horror flick Alien, a part originally written for a man.
  • Earned an Oscar nod for her portrayal of real-life primatologist Dian Fossey in 1988's Gorillas in the Mist and is an honorary chair of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.
  • Has a fear of elevators.
  • Starred in both the 2009 film Avatar and the video-game version of the film.

Awards

  • 2017, Goya Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 1988, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2006, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1988, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1998, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1990, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1985, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1986, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
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  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2010, Grammy — Best Spoken Word Album: Winner
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1998, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1980, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee

Relationships

  • Elizabeth Inglis — Mother
  • Sylvester L. Weaver — Father
  • Trajan Weaver — Brother
  • Charlotte Simpson — Daughter
  • Jim Simpson — Husband

College

  • Attended Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York, United States; Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States (BA in English, 1971); Yale University, School of Drama, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (MFA in Drama, 1974)

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  • Birth Name: Susan Alexandra Weaver
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Producer

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