Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver; October 8, 1949) is an Academy Award-nominated American actress and film producer who played Ellen Ripley in the 1979 film Alien and its sequels Aliens (1986) and Alien3 (1992), as well as the character Ripley 8 in Alien Resurrection (1997). She later lent her voice and likeness to the Ellen Ripley character in the 2014 video game Alien: Isolation and its expansion packs. The character of Ripley remains the most famous of Weaver's career, and is considered a cultural icon. Weaver was the daughter of late actress Elizabeth Inglis. Other notable films Weaver has appeared in include Ghostbusters (1984), Gorillas in the Mist (1988), Working Girl (1988), Galaxy Quest (1999) and Avatar (2009).

For her role in Aliens, Weaver won a Saturn Award for Best Actress. She was nominated the same award for Alien, Alien3 and Alien Resurrection, and was also nominated for a BAFTA for Best Newcomer for Alien. In addition to this, Weaver has been nominated for three Academy Awards (Best Actress for Aliens and Gorillas in the Mist, Best Supporting Actress for Working Girl), and has won two Golden Globes and a BAFTA. In 2003, Weaver's portrayal of Ellen Ripley was selected by the American Film Institute as the 8th greatest hero in American cinema history.[1]

Awards and Nominations[]

Year Film Notes
1979 Alien Nominated — BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Role
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
1986 Aliens Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe for Best Perforamnce by an Actress in a Motio nPicture - Drama
1992 Alien3 Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
1997 Alien Resurrection Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress


Year Title Notes
1977 Annie Hall
1978 Madman
1979 Alien
1981 Eyewitness With William H. Burton, Jr.
1982 The Year of Living Dangerously
1983 Deal of the Century With Jim Ishida
1984 Ghostbusters
Terror in the Aisles Archive footage; with Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto and Harry Dean Stanton
1985 Une Femme ou Deux
1986 Aliens
Half Moon Street With Andy Lucas, Mac McDonald and Eddie Powell
1988 Gorillas in the Mist
Working Girl
1989 Ghostbusters II
1992 Alien3
1492: Conquest of Paradise With Nick Gillard and Michael Wincott, directed by Ridley Scott
1993 Dave With Arnold Schwarzenegger
1994 Death and the Maiden
1995 Copycat With J. E. Freeman
1997 The Ice Storm
Alien Resurrection
Snow White: A Tale of Terror With Brian Glover
1999 A Map of the World
Galaxy Quest
2000 Company Man
2001 Heartbreakers
Big Bad Love
2002 Tadpole
The Guys
2003 Holes
2004 Imaginary Heroes With Sylvia Kauders
The Village With Adrien Brody
2006 Snow Cake
The TV Set
2007 Happily N'Ever After
The Girl in the Park
2008 Vantage Point With Holt McCallany
Be Kind Rewind With Danny Glover
Baby Mama
The Tale of Despereaux With Robin Atkin Downes
2009 Avatar Directed by James Cameron
2010 Crazy on the Outside With Casey Sander
You Again
2011 Cedar Rapids
2012 The Cabin in the Woods
Red Lights
The Cold Light of Day
2014 Exodus: Gods and Kings With Ewen Bremner, Emun Elliott, Giannina Facio, Vladimir "Furdo" Furdik, Florian Robin, C. C. Smiff and Shane Steyn, directed by Ridley Scott
2015 CHAPPiE With Sean Owen Roberts, directed by Neill Blomkamp

Documentary Appearances[]


  • The part of Ellen Ripley's aged daughter Amanda Ripley-McClaren, seen on a photograph in the extended Special Edition of Aliens, was in fact played by Weaver's late mother, Elizabeth Inglis.
  • In the 1992 one-shot comic book Illegal Aliens, an Alien was unknowingly lured into an encounter with a Predator after receiving a fake invitation to a Sigourney Weaver Roast at Madison Square Garden.


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