Sigourney Weaver, actress: biography and curiosities

Sigourney Weaver, actress: biography and curiosities

Actress Sigourney Weaver is known worldwide for her roles in Alien, Ghostbusters, A career woman and Avatar. We retrace his life and career

Sigourney Weaver was born in New York City on October 8, 1949. Baptized Susan Alexandra, she took the name Sigourney at the age of 14, after reading it in Francis Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Raised in the entertainment world, she is the daughter of English actress Elizabeth Inglis and NBC President Sylvester Weaver. Despite a definitely privileged childhood, the years of training are not easy. The young Sigourney Weaver lacks confidence in her beauty and respect for herself. This stems from the fact that she is much taller than the girls she knows and the same mother. The latter, when the girl is only 8 years old, tells her moreover that she has an insignificant aspect: these words will remain in the memory of the future actress who will continue to repeat herself for years who has no special talent. At the age of 13, Weaver is sent to a psychiatrist to deal with what is perceived by her parents as personality disorders. However, the young woman does not speak to the specialist and, convinced that she is an absolutely normal teenager, even if not very communicative, she looks ahead without facing the parents.

After private high school in Connecticut, Sigourney Weaver attends Stanford University in California. This is where the dream of becoming an actress manifests. After graduating in literature in 1971, Weaver returns to Connecticut to attend Yale Drama School. She finishes courses in 1974, a year before a close friend of hers, actress Meryl Streep. In the following years, he works in a series of off-Broadway shows, has a role in the soap opera Somerset and gets a small part in a film by Woody Allen, the now cult I and Annie (1977). But it is the interpretation of the harsh Ellen Ripley in Alien (1979) that catapulted Sigourney Weaver into the world of celebrities. Thanks to the performance in Ridley Scott's film, the actress now has the opportunity to choose the projects to devote herself to. She first participated in the sequels Alien – Clash Final (1986), thanks to which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Leading Actress, Alien 3 (1992) and Alien – Cloning (1997). Weaver thus becomes the first female star performer of a science fiction feature film and one of the few actresses to be nominated for Academy Awards for science fiction or horror films.

In the decade following the first Alien, Sigourney Weaver starred in a series of films well received by both the public and critics, including A Year Dangerously Experienced (1982) with Mel Gibson and the hugely popular comedy Ghostbusters – Ghostbusters (1984). In 1986 he then acted without veils in the Mistery. These are the years in which she is consecrated in all respects as a true Hollywood star. In 1988 she received two Academy Award nominations: in the category of best actress for her performance in the film Gorilla in the fog and, in the best supporting actress division, for her performance of Katharine Parker in the comedy Una donna in career. For the latter film, which sees her alongside Melanie Griffith and Joan Cusack, she also receives a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) nomination. Weaver's frantic workload continues throughout the 1990s. In addition to the sequels of Alien, he stars in Ghostbusters 2 (1989), in the drama 1492: the conquest of paradise (1992) and in the comedy Dave – President for a day (1993), in which he plays the American First Lady alongside Kevin Kline.

The couple found themselves acting together in 1997 for the independent drama of Ang Lee Ice Storm, a portrait of a family and suburban life in the seventies; thanks to this test she wins BAFTA as best supporting actress. In addition, Weaver makes her return to Broadway with Sex and Lounging. In recent years, Sigourney Weaver continues to demonstrate her value as an actress and her willingness to research interesting projects. In 2001 he starred in Heartbreakers – Family Vice, with Gene Hackman. In 2004 he co-starred in The Village and interpreter of Imaginary Heroes. Two years later, he is the face of a pair of independent films: The TV Set and Snow Cake. In 2008 he made Prayers for Bobby, a TV movie thanks to which he was nominated for Emmys. In 2009, he still works with the director of Alien – Final Clash, James Cameron, in the film with the very high budget Avatar. The same year he appeared in Crazy on the outside by director Tim Allen. In 2012 he starred in the horror Quella casa nel bosco, directed by Drew Goddard, while in 2014 he appeared in Exodus – Gods and kings of Ridley Scott. As for her private life, Sigourney Weaver lives in New York City and is married to director Jim Simpson. The two artists have a daughter, Charlotte, born April 13, 1990.

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