SIGOURNEY WEAVER (Rex Brooks) has created a host of memorable characters, both dramatic and comic, for film and theater. Ranging from Ripley in Alien to Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist, to Tawny in Galaxy Quest, and, most recently, Dr. Grace Augustine, a botanist in James Cameron's much-anticipated 3-D epic Avatar, which filmed in New Zealand, Weaver delights and entertains those who watch her and garners respect from those who work with her.
On screen, Weaver most recently starred in Snow Cake, a tale of a woman with autism, which premiered at this year's Berlin Film Festival; Jake Kasdan's The TV Set, with David Duchovny; and Infamous, a film about Truman Capote in which she played Babe Paley.
Weaver first gained fame as Warrant Officer Ripley in Ridley Scott's blockbuster Alien. She later reprised the role in James Cameron's Aliens, and earned a Best Actress Academy AwardÂ® nomination for her portrayal. She returned in 1992, for David Fincher's Aliens 3, and again in 1997, for director Jean-Pierre Jeunet in Alien Resurrection. She also co-produced both of these latter films.
A versatile performer, Weaver has starred in a number of strikingly different and successful films, earning accolades along the way. When she co-starred in Ang Lee's critically acclaimed film The Ice Storm, playing alongside Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Elijah Wood and Christina Ricci, she won the BAFTA Award and was nominated Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Supporting Actress. For her performance in A Map of the World, Weaver was honored with a Golden Globe nomination as best actress. In 1989, Weaver received her second and third Academy AwardÂ® nominations and was awarded Golden Globes for her performances in Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl. For Showtime's live-action film, "Snow White," based on the original Grimm fairytale, she earned Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nominations.
Some of her other feature films include The Village, Holes, The Guys, Imaginary Heroes, Heartbreakers, Copycat, Jeffrey, Death and the Maiden, Dave, 1492, Half Moon Street, One Woman or Two, The Year of Living Dangerously, and Eyewitness with William Hurt. She also starred in Ivan Reitman's Ghost Busters, with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis, returning to reprise her role for the sequel, Ghostbusters 2.
Born and educated in New York City, Weaver graduated from Stanford University and went on to receive a Masters degree from the Yale School of Drama. Her first professional job was as an understudy in Sir John Gielgud's production of "The Constant Wife," starring Ingrid Bergman. She went on to play Off Off Broadway in Christopher Durang's "The Nature and Purpose of the Universe," "Titanic," and "Das Lusitania Songspiel," which Weaver and Durang co-wrote, earning Drama Desk nominations for their work.
Weaver continues to appear on the stage, most recently originating roles in two A. R. Gurney world premieres: "Crazy Mary" at Playwrights Horizons, and "Mrs. Farnsworth" at the Flea Theater. When she appeared last year in Neil LaBute's "The Mercy Seat," opposite Liev Schreiber, she received rave reviews for her performance. For her starring role on Broadway in "Hurlyburly," she was honored with a Tony nomination. Weaver also originated the female lead in Anne Nelson's "The Guys" at The Flea, where it was commissioned and directed by Jim Simpson. "The Guys" tells the story of a fire captain dealing with the aftermath of 9/11.
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