CRAZY ON THE OUTSIDE
Academy Award nominated actress SIGOURNEY WEAVER has created a host of
memorable characters, both dramatic and comic, in films ranging from Ripley in
Alien to Dian Fossey in Gorillas in Mist. Over the years, she has captivated
audiences and won acclaim as one of the most esteemed actresses on both stage
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 Gielguds production of The
Constant Wife, starring Ingrid Bergman.
Sigourney Weaver made her motion picture debut in Ridley Scott's blockbuster
Alien. She later reprised the role of Warrant Officer Ripley in James Cameron's
Aliens, which earned her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best
Actress. She again brought Ripley back to life in David Fincher's Aliens 3,
which she also co-produced, and Alien Resurrection for director Jean-Pierre
Following Alien, Weaver had starring roles in three back to back hit movies:
Gorillas in the Mist, in which she portrayed primatologist Dian Fossey, the Mike
Nichols comedy Working Girl, and Ghostbusters II. Weaver received her second and
third Academy Award nominations and was awarded Golden Globes for her
performances in Gorillas in the Mist and Working Other films include the
thriller Copycat, Paul Rudnick's comedy Jeffrey, Roman Polanski's gripping film
adaptation of Death and the Maiden, Half Moon Street with Michael Cain, Ridley
Scott's 1492, One Woman or Two with Gerard Depardieu, Eyewitness with William
Hurt and Showtime's live-action film Snow White, based on the original Grimm's
fairytale, which earned her an Emmy nomination and a Screen Actors Guild
In 1997 Weaver joined the ensemble of Ang Lee's critically acclaimed film The
Ice Storm playing alongside Kewin Kline, Joan Allen, Elijah Wood and Christina
Ricci. Her performance garnered her a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe nomination and
a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She later gave a
galvanizing performance in A Map of The World, Scott Elliott's powerful drama
based on the novel by Jane Hamilton, which earned her universal critical praise
and a Golden Globe nomination for best actress. She delighted audiences with her
flair for comedy, along with crewmates Tim Allen and Alan Rickman, in the
science fiction comedy Galaxy Quest directed by Dean Parisot, which proved to be
a hit of the 1999 Holiday season. She followed this with the popular comedy
Heartbreakers, playing opposite Gen Hackman and Jennifer Love-Hewitt. In 2003,
Weaver played the cold-blooded, red headed warden in the hit comedy Holes,
directed by Andy Davis and starred in the film version of The Guys, with Anthony
LaPaglia, directed by Jim Simpson. Following this, Weaver appeared in M. Night
Shamalyan's The Village and received rave reviews for her performance in
Imaginary Heroes written and directed by Dan Harris.
In addition to her film credits, Sigourney Weaver has also taken time to
shine on the stage. Weaver started out on Off-Off Broadway in Christopher
Durang's The Nature and Purpose of the Universe, Titanic and Das Lusitania
Songspiel, she and Durang co-wrote Das Lusitania which earned them both Drama
Desk nominations. She has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway productions in New
York, working with such writers as John Guare, Albert Innaurato, Richard Nelson
and Len Jenkin. In regional repertory, she has performed works by Pinter,
Williams, Feydeau and Shakespeare. She also appeared in the PBS mini-series The
Best of Families.
Weaver received a Tony Award nomination for her starring role in Hurlyburly
on Broadway, directed by Mike Nichols. She played Portia in the Classic Stage
Company of New York's production of The Merchant of Venice. In 1996, Weaver
returned to Broadway in the Lincoln Center production of Sex and Longing written
by Christopher Durang.
Weaver originated roles in two A.R. Gurney world premieres, Crazy Mary at
Playwrights Horizons, and Mrs. Farnsworth at the Flea Theater. She also starred
in Neil LaBute's play The Mercy Seat, opposite Liev Schreiber, which John Lahr
of The New Yorker described as offering "performances of a depth and
concentration that haven't been seen in New York for many seasons." Weaver
also originated the female lead in Anne Nelson's The Guy6s 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.
Recent films include Infamous with Toby Jones and Sandra Bullock; Jake
Kasdan's The TV Set; Snow Cake, opposite Alan Rickman: The Girl in the Park,
opposite Kate Bosworth; Vantage Point with Dennis Quaid and Forrest Whitaker and
the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy Baby Mama. In 2008 Weaver lent her voice to
Pixar's box office smash Wall-E, as well as The Tale of Despereaux with Matthew
Broderick, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Watson.
Weaver can next be seen in Fox's highly anticipated Avatar, her first
collaboration with James Cameron since Aliens. Other upcoming films include
Crazy on the Outside, which marks Tim Allen's directorial debut; Universal
Pictures and Working Title Film's new comedy Paul starring Simon Pegg and Nick
Frost as well as Seth Rogen and Jason Bateman; Andy Fickman's comedy You Again
alongside Jamie Lee Curtis and Kristen Bell; and Weaver just completed shooting
Cedar Rapids starring John C. Reilley, Anne Heche and Ed Helms.
In TV, Weaver received an Emmy nomination for lead actress for her role as
Mary Griffith in Lifetime's Prayers for Bobby, which was also nominated for
Outstanding Made for Television Movie.
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