Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Sigourney Weaver has created a host of memorable characters, both dramatic and comedic, captivating audiences and winning acclaim as one of the most esteemed actresses of both stage and screen.
Her first feature starring role was in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster Alien. She would reprise her iconic role of Warrant Officer Ripley in James Cameron’s Aliens, earning Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress. She later played Ripley in David Fincher’s Alien3 and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection, both of which she co-produced.
In 1989, Ms. Weaver received an Academy Award nomination, and won the Golden Globe Award, for Best Actress for her performance in Michael Apted’s Gorillas in the Mist, as pioneering scientist Dian Fossey, That same year, she also received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance in Mike Nichols’ Working Girl. In 1998, she won a BAFTA Award and was a Golden Globe Award nominee for her performance in Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm. In 2000, she was again Golden Globe Award-nominated, for A Map of the World, directed by Scott Elliott and based on Jane Hamilton’s novel.
Ms. Weaver’s many other films include Ivan Reitman’s Dave, and the smash Ghostbusters and its sequel; Roman Polanski’s Death and the Maiden; Jon Amiel’s Copycat; Peter Yates’ Eyewitness; 1492: Conquest of Paradise and Exodus: Gods and Kings, both reteaming her with Ridley Scott; Douglas McGrath’s Infamous; in voiceover, Andrew Stanton’s Academy Award-winning WALL-E; and Dean Parisot’s fan favorite Galaxy Quest. She reunited with James Cameron for the groundbreaking Avatar, which went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, and will begin production on Avatar 2 in 2017.
In television, she was both Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG)-nominated for Showtime’s Snow White: A Tale of Terror, directed by Michael Cohn. She was twice more an Emmy and SAG nominee, for her performance as real-life activist Mary Griffith in the telefilm Prayers for Bobby, directed by Russell Mulcahy, and for the miniseries Political Animals.
Among her many stage performances, she received a Tony Award nomination for her work in David Rabe’s play hurlyburly on Broadway, directed by Mike Nichols. She starred as Portia in the Classic Stage Company of New York’s production of The Merchant of Venice; and then returned to Broadway in the Lincoln Center productions of Christopher Durang’s Sex and Longing and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which won the Tony Award for Best Play. Ms. Weaver began her stage career off-off-Broadway in Mr. Durang’s The Nature and Purpose of the Universe, Titanic, and Das Lusitania Songspiel, which she co-wrote and for which they were both Drama Desk Award nominees. She originated roles in A.R. Gurney’s plays Crazy Mary at Playwrights Horizons, and Mrs. Farnsworth at the Flea Theater. She also starred in the premiere of Neil LaBute’s 9/11-themed The Mercy Seat, opposite Liev Schreiber; and originated the female lead in Anne Nelson’s The Guys at the Flea, commissioned and directed by Jim Simpson. The Guys tells the story of a fire captain after 9/11; Ms. Nelson adapted her play into a screenplay, with Mr. Simpson directing and Ms. Weaver starring in the Focus Features release.