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SIGOURNEY WEAVER (Margaret Matheson) is an Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress who has created a host of memorable characters, both dramatic and comic, in films ranging from Alien to Gorillas in Mist. Over the years, she has captivated audiences and won acclaim as one of the most esteemed actresses working on both stage and screen.

Most recently Weaver was seen in Cedar Rapids, starring John C. Reilly, Anne Heche and Ed Helms; Paul, with Simon Pegg, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig and Jason Bateman; and Abduction, starring Taylor Lautner.

Upcoming films include Amy Heckerling's Vamps, with Alicia Silverstone, and Mabrouk El Mechri's The Cold Light of Day, with Bruce Willis. Weaver recently finished production on Rampart, with Woody Harrelson. She is currently filming USA Network's "Political Animals,” in which she will make her primetime series debut as the lead.

Born and educated in New York City, Weaver graduated from Stanford University and went on to receive a master's 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.

Sigourney Weaver made her motion-picture debut in Ridley Scott's blockbuster Alien. She later reprised the role of Ellen 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 Alien 3, which she also co-produced, and Alien Resurrection, for director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Weaver played starring roles in three back-to-back hit movies: Ghostbusters II, opposite Bill Murray; Gorillas in the Mist, in which she portrayed primatologist Dian Fossey; and the Mike Nichols comedy Working Girl, alongside Melanie Griffith. Weaver received her second and third Academy Award nominations and was awarded Golden Globe Awards for her performances in Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl.

Other film credits 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 Caine, Ridley Scott's 1492, One Woman or Two with Gerard Depardieu and Eyewitness with William Hurt.

In 1997 Weaver joined the ensemble cast of Ang Lee's critically acclaimed drama The Ice Storm alongside Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Elijah Wood and Christina Ricci. Her performance garnered her a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Weaver 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. Joining crewmates Tim Allen and Alan Rickman, Weaver delighted audiences with her flair for comedy in Galaxy Quest. Directed by Dean Parisot, the film proved to be a hit of the 1999 holiday season. She followed this with the popular comedy Heartbreakers, opposite Gene Hackman and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

In 2003 Weaver played the cold-blooded, redheaded warden in the family comedy Holes, directed by Andrew Davis. She also starred in the film version of The Guys with Anthony LaPaglia, directed by Jim Simpson. Following this, Weaver appeared in The Village by M. Night Shyamalan and received rave reviews for her performance in Imaginary Heroes, written and directed by Dan Harris.

Other film credits include Infamous, with Toby Jones and Sandra Bullock; Jake Kasdan's The TV Set, with David Duchovny; Snow Cake, opposite Alan Rickman; Tim Allen's Crazy on the Outside, with Jeanne Tripplehorn; The Girl in the Park, opposite Kate Bosworth; Vantage Point, with Dennis Quaid and Forrest Whitaker, Baby Mama, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; and Andy Fickman's You Again, alongside Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristen Bell and Betty White.

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. Next Weaver starred in James Cameron's groundbreaking sci-fi epic Avatar, which went on to become the highest grossing movie of all time. The film won a Golden Globe for Best Picture and also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.

On the small screen, Weaver received Emmy®, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe award nominations for her role as Mary Griffith in Lifetime's "Prayers for Bobby,” which was also Emmy and Golden Globe nominated for Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie.

Weaver starred in Showtime's live-action telefilm "Snow White,” based on the original fairytale, which earned her both Emmy and SAG Award nominations. She also appeared in the PBS miniseries "The Best of Families.” In addition to her film credits, Weaver has also taken time to shine on the stage. She started out Off-Off Broadway in Christopher Durang's "The Nature and Purpose of the Universe,” "Titanic” and "Das Lusitania Songspiel.” She and Durang co-wrote "Songspiel,” which earned them both Drama Desk nominations.

Weaver has appeared in numerous Off Broadway productions, 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.

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 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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