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->''"Get away from her, you BITCH!"''
-->'''Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in ''Film/{{Aliens}}'''''

[[DescribeTopicHere Describe Sigourney Weaver here]].

...Not as easy as you might think. '''Sigourney Weaver''' (October 8, 1949-) was the star of the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' movies, making her one of a few actresses (and inarguably the first) who is believable in a heavy action role, and even headline a successful one. She even got nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for the second movie, ''Film/{{Aliens}}''. Yes, a sci-fi/action/horror film, something that then and now is practically unheard of.

Her reprisal of the Ripley character is culturally significant; although mothers in films were respected before ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', after Ripley's courageous rescue of Newt from the taloned grasp of the Alien Queen in 1986 [[MamaBear filmmakers began taking mothers seriously as warriors]]. Weaver also holds a Black-Belt in Goju-Ryu karate, so she is ''not'' a MamaBear with whom you'd want to mess with in RealLife either.

Also played Dana Barrett in ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' and its sequel, anthropologist Dian Fossey in the film adaptation of Fossey's book ''Film/GorillasInTheMist'' (for which she got another Best Actress nomination; she also got a Best Supporting Actress nomination the same year for ''Film/{{WorkingGirl}}''), Dr Helen Hudson in ''Film/{{Copycat}}'', and Grace Augustine in ''Film/{{Avatar}}''. She also plays [[spoiler:The Director]] in ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods''. In 2012 she starred as an academic professionally debunking alleged paranormal activities in ''Film/RedLights''.

Currently slated to star in ''Series/PoliticalAnimals'', a Creator/USANetwork miniseries centering on a Secretary of State who [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed could not more obviously be a redheaded version]] of UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton.

Her real name is Susan Alexandra Weaver. She's the daughter of Sylvester Weaver, who was a television pioneer and the creator of ''Series/{{Today}}''.


* ActionGirl[=/=]LadyOfWar: One of the codifiers for women as leads in action films.
* AdamWesting
* CoolOldLady
* HappilyMarried: Married to director Jim Simpson since 1986. We mention it primarily because he directed her in the play ''The Guys'' (about the immediate aftermath of 9/11).
* IKnowKarate: ''Literally'', as stated above, and she gets to use it to beat up Creator/SimonPegg and Nick Frost single-handedly in the finale of ''Film/{{Paul}}''.
* MamaBear
* MotherlyScientist: In ''Film/GorillasInTheMist'' and ''Film/{{Avatar}}''.
* ShoutOut: Her name comes from Sigourney Howard, a character from ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby''. The name "Sigourney" means "The Conqueror" in Norse.
* StatuesqueStunner: One of the things that impressed Creator/RidleyScott when she auditioned for ''Film/{{Alien}}'' was her height (she's 5'11, and was wearing boots with heels to the audition), along with her confident attitude.
* UnkemptBeauty: She is made up this way in some of her roles, particularly when playing an ActionGirl. This page's image provides an excellent illustration.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Creator/JamesCameron. She claims to have based her portrayal of Dr. Grace Augustine in ''Avatar'' off of him, saying he is a real JerkWithAHeartOfGold.