Sigourney Weaver

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Sigourney Weaver (2016)

Sigourney Weaver (* 8. October 1949 as Susan Alexandra Weaver in New York ) is an American actress . Since participating in the alien saga , she has been one of the first female action stars in international cinema history. She was nominated three times for an Oscar .

life and career

Sigourney Weaver at the 2010 Academy Awards

Weaver's father, Sylvester Laflin Weaver Jr., was NBC President in the 1950s and her British mother, Elizabeth Inglis, was an actress. As a teenager she chose her first name Sigourney after a "Mrs. Sigourney Howard ”in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby .

Sigourney Weaver graduated from Stanford University with a degree in English in 1972 and completed her studies with Robert Lewis at the Yale School of Drama at Yale University in New Haven with a Master of Fine Arts in 1974 .

She has been married to director Jim Simpson since 1984 . On April 13, 1990, their daughter Charlotte Simpson was born, who also played her daughter in the 2002 film The Guys by Jim Simpson.

Weaver made her film debut in 1977 with a small role (duration: six seconds) in Woody Allen's film Der Stadtneurotiker . In 1979 she played the lead role as Ellen Ripley in Ridley Scott's horror film Alien , with which she had her final breakthrough and which made her known worldwide. In 1982 she starred alongside Mel Gibson in the political thriller A Year in Hell . In 1984 she starred alongside Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Rick Moranis in Ghostbusters (grossing $ 295 million, most successful film in 1984). There she played the role of Dana Barrett, which she also played in 1989 in the 2nd part of the Ghostbusters. She also had a brief guest appearance in the remake of Ghostbusters in 2016. In 1986 she was back in front of the camera as Ellen Ripley in Aliens , this time directed by James Cameron . In 1992 and 1997 the sequels Alien 3 and Alien - The Rebirth followed . In Snow Cake in 2005 she played the role of an autistic woman whose daughter was killed in a traffic accident. In 2009 she was named Dr. Grace Augustine in James Cameron's Avatar on camera. In the TV movie Prayers for Bobby , which is based on a true story, she played a homosexual activist whose son takes his own life because of his sexual orientation. She received an Emmy nomination for this role in 2009 .

Weaver was a spokesperson for the Natural Resources Defense Council's 2009 documentary, The Acid Test, on ocean acidification . In April 2012, she spoke at a US Senate hearing on the matter and pushed for a change in climate protection laws . She also wrote on her blog at the Huffington Post on climate change and the environment .

Dubbing voice

Hallgard Bruckhaus was her standard German dubbing voice until 1994, and since then she has been spoken by Karin Buchholz .



Academy Awards

Golden Globe Awards

  • 1987 : Nomination for best leading actress in a drama (Aliens - The Return)
  • 1989 : Golden Globe for best leading actress in a drama (Gorillas in the Fog)
  • 1989 : Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress (The Arms of Women)
  • 1998 : Nomination for best supporting actress ( Der Eissturm )
  • 2000 : Nomination for best leading actress in a drama ( persecuted innocently )
  • 2010 : Nomination for Best Actress ( Prayers for Bobby )
  • 2013 : Nomination for best leading actress in a television series ( Political Animals )

Saturn Awards

BAFTA Awards

  • 1980: Nomination for best leading actress (Alien - The uncanny creature from a strange world)
  • 1990: Nomination for best supporting actress (Die Waffen der Frauen)
  • 1998: BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress (The Ice Storm)


  • 1998: Nomination for best leading actress ( Snow White )
  • 2009: Nomination for Best Actress (Prayers for Bobby)
  • 2010: Best Heroine - Scream Awards 2010

The golden camera

  • 2013: Best Actress International



  • Jean Carrière : Sigourney Weaver, portrait et itinéraire d'une femme accomplie. Paris (La Martinière) 1994.
  • TD Maguffee: Sigourney Weaver, your films - your life. Heyne, Munich 1994, ISBN 3-453-07317-7 .

Web links

Commons : Sigourney Weaver  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. heroine without expiry date on (archived)
  3. ^ Charlotte Simpson at the Internet Movie Database IMDB
  4. Amber Jenkins: The acid test . From:, October 4, 2009, accessed on May 19, 2014
  5. ^ Frederic J. Frommer: Sigourney Weaver urges action to protect oceans . In: The Boston Globe, April 22, 2010, accessed May 19, 2014
  6. ^ Blog Entries by Sigourney Weaver . In: The Huffington Post , accessed May 19, 2014
  7. ^ Donostia Award , IMDb, accessed September 25, 2016