"Get away from her, you BITCH!"Describe Sigourney Weaver here....not as easy as you might think. Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver (born October 8, 1949) was the star of the 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, 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 Aliens, after Ripley's courageous rescue of Newt from the taloned grasp of the Alien Queen in 1986 filmmakers began taking mothers seriously as warriors. Weaver also holds a Black-Belt in Goju-Ryu karate, so she is not a Mama Bear with whom you'd want to mess with in Real Life either.Also played Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters (1984) and its sequel, anthropologist Dian Fossey in the film adaptation of Fossey's book Gorillas in the Mist (for which she got another Best Actress nomination; she also got a Best Supporting Actress nomination the same year for Working Girl), Dr Helen Hudson in Copycat, and Grace Augustine in Avatar. She also has a short, but essential, role in The Cabin in the Woods. In 2012 she starred as an academic professionally debunking alleged paranormal activities in Red Lights.Star of Political Animals, a 2012 USA Network miniseries centering on a Secretary of State who could not more obviously be a redheaded version of Hillary Rodham Clinton.Her real name is Susan Alexandra Weaver. She's the daughter of Sylvester Weaver, who was a television pioneer and the creator of Today.
— Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in Aliens
- Annie Hall (1977) — Alvy's Date Outside Theatre
- Alien (1979) — Ellen Ripley
- The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) — Jilly Bryant
- Ghostbusters (1984) — Dana Barrett
- Aliens (1986) — Ellen Ripley
- Gorillas in the Mist (1988) — Dian Fossey
- Working Girl (1988) — Katharine Parker
- Ghostbusters II (1989) — Dana Barrett
- Alien³ (1992) — Ellen Ripley
- 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) — Queen Isabelle of Spain
- Dave (1993) — Ellen Mitchell
- Death and the Maiden (1994) — Paulina Escobar
- Copycat (1995) — Dr. Helen Hudson
- The Ice Storm (1997) — Janey Carver
- Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997) — Claudia Hoffman
- Alien: Resurrection (1997) — Ripley 8
- Galaxy Quest (1999) — Gwen DeMarco
- Heartbreakers (2001) — Max Conners
- Holes (2003) — The Warden
- The Village (2004) — Alice Hunt
- Snow Cake (2006) — Linda Freeman
- Happily N'Ever After (2007) — Frieda (voice)
- Be Kind Rewind (2008) — Ms. Lawson
- Baby Mama (2008) — Chaffee Bicknell
- Vantage Point (2008) — Rex Brooks
- WALL•E (2008) — Ship's Computer (voice)
- The Tale of Despereaux (2008) — Narrator (voice)
- Avatar (2009) — Dr. Grace Augustine
- You Again (2010) — Ramona Clark
- Cedar Rapids (2011) — Marcy Vanderhei
- Paul (2011) — The Big Guy
- Abduction (2011) — Dr. Bennett
- The Cabin in the Woods (2012) — The Director
- Red Lights (2012) — Dr. Margaret Matheson
- Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) — Queen Tuya
- Chappie (2015) — Michelle Bradley
- Finding Dory (2016) — Herself (Voice)
- Ghostbusters (2016) — Dr. Rebecca Gorin (cameo)
- A Monster Calls (2016) — Grandma
- Alien: Isolation (2014) — Ellen Ripley (voice)
- Action Girl/Lady of War: One of the codifiers for women as leads in action films.
- Adam Westing
- As Herself: She's the first person to do it in a Pixar film, as the marine institute in Finding Dory uses her voice as an automated tour guide. Amusingly, she's actually credited as "Sigourney Weaver" rather than the usual "herself."
- Cool Old Lady
- Does Not Like Guns: Caused a bit of friction on the set of Aliens, and a main reason why there are none in Alien 3.
- Everyone Went to School Together: She and Meryl Streep were classmates at Yale's Drama School.
- Happily Married: 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).
- I Know Karate: Literally, as stated above, and she gets to use it to beat up Simon Pegg and Nick Frost single-handedly in the finale of Paul.
- Mama Bear
- Motherly Scientist: In Gorillas in the Mist and Avatar.
- Shout-Out: Her name comes from Sigourney Howard, a character from The Great Gatsby. The name "Sigourney" means "The Conqueror" in Norse.
- Statuesque Stunner: One of the things that impressed Ridley Scott when she auditioned for Alien was her height (she's 5'11, and was wearing boots with heels to the audition), along with her confident attitude.
- Unkempt Beauty: She is made up this way in some of her roles, particularly when playing an Action Girl. This page's image provides an excellent illustration.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With James Cameron. She claims to have based her portrayal of Dr. Grace Augustine in Avatar off of him, saying he is a real Jerk with a Heart of Gold.