Happy birthday to Sigourney Weaver!

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The Sci-Fi Queen is 70

'Ellen Ripley' from the Alien franchise is a birthday girl today. The pioneer of action heroines in science fiction films has created an era, which put a solid brick into world cinematography.

Two Golden Globes (for Working Girl, and Gorillas in the Mist both in 1989) and a BAFTA Award (for The Ice Storm in 1998) winner, as well as a three-time Academy Award nominee, three-time Emmy Award nominee and seven-time Golden Globe nominee, has had a fruitful career, which gained her well-deserved adoration and love from fans.

 

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in Alien. Credit: Katherine Waterston/Alien Covenant
Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in Alien. Credit: Katherine Waterston/Alien Covenant

 

Just the list of films she starred or gave a solid support to the main characters brings emotional memories to the moviegoers:

Jill Bryant in The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) alongside Mel Gibson

Catherine DeVoto in Deal of the Century (1983) alongside Chevy Chase

Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II (1989) alongside Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd

Jessica Fitzgerald in One Woman or Two (1985) alongside Gérard Depardieu

Lauren Slaughter in Half Moon Street (1986) alongside Michael Caine and Patrick Kavanagh

 

Sigourney Weaver in 1967. Credit: Bryan Wake
Sigourney Weaver in 1967. Credit: Bryan Wake

 

Katharine Parker in Working Girl (1988) alongside Harrison Ford and Melanie Griffith

Queen Isabel in 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) alongside Gérard Depardieu and Armand Assante

Ellen Mitchell in Dave (1993) alongside Kevin Kline and Frank Langella

Claudia Hoffman in Snow White: A Tale of Terror (1997) alongside Sam Neill

Janey Carver in The Ice Storm (1997) alongside Kevin Kline and Joan Allen

Alice Goodwin in A Map of the World (1999) alongside Julianne Moore

 

Sigourney Weaver in white. Credit: Paul Phillips
Sigourney Weaver in white. Credit: Paul Phillips

 

Gwen DeMarco in Galaxy Quest (1999) alongside Alan Rickman and Tim Allen

Angela Nardino / Max Conners / Ulga Yevanova in Heartbreakers (2001) alongside Gene Hackman, Ray Liotta, and Jennifer Love Hewitt

The Warden in Holes (2003) alongside Jon Voight and Shia LaBeouf

Linda Freeman in Snow Cake (2006) alongside Alan Rickman and Carrie-Anne Moss

Lenny in The TV Set (2006) alongside David Duchovny

 

Sigourney Weaver (June 2019). Credit: Mara Reinstein/Parade
Sigourney Weaver (June 2019). Credit: Mara Reinstein/Parade

 

Babe Paley in Infamous (2006) alongside Sandra Bullock, Isabella Rossellini, Gwyneth Paltrow, Daniel Craig, and Toby Jones

Julia in The Girl in the Park (2007)

Chaffee Bicknell in Baby Mama (2008)

Ship's Computer (voice) in WALL·E (2008)

Mary Griffith in Prayers for Bobby (2009) alongside Henry Czerny

Dr Grace Augustine in Avatar (2009)

 

Sigourney Weave meeting her fans
Sigourney Weave meeting her fans

 

Viki in Crazy on the Outside (2010) alongside Tim Allen and Ray Liotta

The Big Guy in Paul (2011)

Margaret Matheson in Red Lights (2012) alongside Robert De Niro, Toby Jones, and Elizabeth Olsen

Carrack in The Cold Light of Day (2012) alongside Bruce Willis and Henry Cavill

Elaine Barrish in the TV mini-series Political Animals (2012)

Cisserus in Vamps (2012) alongside Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter

 

Sigourney Weaver (May 2019). Credit: Erik Pedersen/Deadline
Sigourney Weaver (May 2019). Credit: Erik Pedersen/Deadline

 

Michelle Bradley in Chappie (2015) alongside Hugh Jackman

Beth Traywick / American Tourist in the British TV series Doc Martin (Facta Non Verba in 2015, and All My Trials in 2017) alongside Martin Clunes

Grandma in A Monster Calls (2016)

Doctor Rachel Jane in The Assignment (2016) alongside Michelle Rodriguez and Anthony LaPaglia

Alexandra Reid in the TV mini-series The Defenders (2017) alongside Charlie Cox and Krysten Ritter

 

Sigourney Weaver (June 2019). Credit: Kristin Collahan/ACE/Image Collect
Sigourney Weaver (June 2019). Credit: Kristin Collahan/ACE/Image Collect

 

Born Susan Alexandra Weaver on 8 October 1949 in Manhattan, New York City, she started to use the name 'Sigourney Weaver' in 1963 after Mrs Sigourney Howard, Jordan Baker's aunt, a minor character in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby". She is the only daughter of Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins from Colchester, Essex; 1913-2007), an actress, and Sylvester 'Pat' Weaver (from Los Angeles, CA; 1908–2002), an NBC television executive and television pioneer. Sigourney Weaver has been married to stage director Jim Simpson since 1 October 1984. They have one daughter, Charlotte Simpson who was born on 13 April 1990.

 

Sigourney Weaver. Credit: Vanina Sorrenti
Sigourney Weaver. Credit: Vanina Sorrenti