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Bio -

taken from wikipedia.org

Birth name: Susan Alexandra Weaver

Born: October 8, 1949 (age 57)

Manhattan, New York City

Height: 1.82m (5ft 11½in)

Notable roles: Ellen Ripley in Alien and its sequels

Academy Awards:

Nominated for Best Actress in a leading role; 1988 Academy Awards;

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 high school in New York City 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.

Film career

Although Weaver has played a number of critically acclaimed roles in movies like 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 1990's. 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 5 ft 11½ in (182 cm) tall.

Filmography

taken from imdb.com

# The Tale of Despereaux (2008) (in production) (voice)

# Vantage Point (2007) (post-production) .... Rex

# The Girl in the Park (2007) (post-production) .... Julia Sandburg

# Happily N'Ever After (2007) (voice) .... Frieda

# Infamous (2006) .... Babe Paley

# The TV Set (2006) .... Lenny

# Snow Cake (2006) .... Linda Freeman

# The Village (2004) .... Alice Hunt

... aka Grey (Philippines: English title: review title)

... aka M. Night Shyamalan's The Village (USA: promotional title)

# Imaginary Heroes (2004) .... Sandy Travis

# Holes (2003) .... Warden Walker

# The Guys (2002) .... Joan

# "Futurama" .... Planet Express Ship (1 episode, 2002)

- Love and Rocket (2002) TV Episode (voice) .... Planet Express Ship

# Tadpole (2002) .... Eve Grubman

# Big Bad Love (2001) (voice) .... Betti DeLoreo

# Heartbreakers (2001) .... Max Conners

# Company Man (2000) .... Daisy Quimp

... aka Company Man (France)

# Galaxy Quest (1999) .... Gwen DeMarco

# A Map of the World (1999) .... Alice Goodwin

... aka Unschuldig verfolgt (Germany)

# Alien: Resurrection (1997) .... Ellen Ripley

... aka Alien 4

# Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997) .... Claudia Hoffman

... aka Snow White (USA: short title)

... aka Snow White in the Black Forest

... aka Snow White in the Dark Forest

... aka Snow White: A Tale of Terror (Canada: English title)

... aka The Grimm Brothers' Snow White

# The Ice Storm (1997) .... Janey Carver

# Copycat (1995) .... Helen Hudson

# Jeffrey (1995) .... Debra Moorhouse

# Death and the Maiden (1994) .... Paulina Escobar

... aka Jeune fille et la mort, La (France)

# Dave (1993) .... Ellen Mitchell

# Rabbit Ears: Peachboy (1993) (V) (voice) .... Narrator

# 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) .... Queen Isabella

... aka 1492: Christophe Colomb (France)

... aka 1492: La conquête du paradis

... aka 1492: La conquista del paraíso (Spain)

# Alien³ (1992) .... Ellen Ripley

# Ghostbusters II (1989) .... Dana Barrett

... aka Ghostbusters 2 (USA: video box title)

# Working Girl (1988) .... Katharine Parker

# Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey (1988) .... Dian Fossey

... aka Gorillas in the Mist (USA: short title)

# "Saturday Night Live" .... Host (1 episode, 1986)

... aka SNL (USA: informal title)

... aka SNL 25 (USA)

- Episode #12.1 (1986) TV Episode .... Host

# Half Moon Street (1986) .... Dr. Lauren Slaughter

# Aliens (1986) .... Ellen Ripley

# Une femme ou deux (1985) .... Jessica Fitzgerald

... aka A Woman or Two (International: English title)

... aka One Woman or Two (USA)

# Walls of Glass (1985)

... aka Flanagan

# Ghost Busters (1984) .... Dana Barrett

# Deal of the Century (1983) .... Catherine DeVoto

# The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) .... Jill Bryant

# Eyewitness (1981) .... Tony Sokolow

... aka The Janitor

# 3 by Cheever: O Youth and Beauty! (1979) (TV) .... Marcia Lawton

... aka O Youth and Beauty! (USA)

# 3 by Cheever: The Sorrows of Gin (1979) (TV) .... Marcia Lawton

... aka The Sorrows of Gin (USA)

# Alien (1979) .... Ripley

... aka Alien: The Director's Cut (USA: director's cut)

# Madman (1978)

# "The Best of Families" (1977) (mini) TV Series .... Laura Wheeler

# Annie Hall (1977) .... Alvy's Date Outside Theatre

# "Somerset" (1970) TV Series .... Avis Ryan (unknown episodes, 1976)

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Yes, Heartbreakers was a good film, I liked it very much!!

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ph. by Brigitte Lacombe

source: flickr, agent lee

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Carmelita - awesome posts! Thanks for the generous shares!

Here's a few from a French Premiere mag article for Alien Resurrection with Winona Ryder...

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Absolutely my pleasure!

And thank you too for your pics, haven't seen them before!!

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