Sigourney Weaver is one of the most famous American actresses. She is known for her role of Ellen Ripley in Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection, for which she has received worldwide recognition. Other notable roles include Gorillas in the Mist, The Story of Dian Fossey, Working Girl, Death and the Maiden, The Ice Storm, Galaxy Quest, Snow Cake, Prayers for Bobby, and Grace Augustine in Avatar. The actress has been nominated for three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, two Emmy Awards, six Saturn Awards, and Six Golden Globe Awards, becoming the first person ever to have won two acting Golden Globe Awards in the same year.
Her 1986 Academy Award nomination for Aliens is considered as a landmark in the recognition of science fiction, action and horror genres, as well as a major step in challenging the gender role in the cinema. Weaver progressively received notoriety for her numerous contributions to the science fiction history and thus gained the name of the Sci Fi Queen. Weaver attended the Ethel Walker School, a girls’ preparatory school in Simsbury, Connecticut. She also attended the Cahpin School. She attended Sarah Lawrence College as well as Stanford University Bio where she first began her involvement in acting, by living inStanford’s co-ed Beta Chi Community for the Performing Arts. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree at Yale University School of Drama in 1974, where one of her appearances was in the chorus in a production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical version of The Frogs, and another was as one of a mob of Roman soldiers alongside Meryl Streep in another production. Weaver later acted in original plays by her friend and classmate Christopher Durang. She later appeared in Off Broadway production of Durang’s comedy Beyond Therapy in 1981, which was directed by the up and coming director Jerry Zaks.
The first role of Sigourney Weaver was in Woody Allen’s 1977 comedy Annie Hall playing a minor role opposite Allen. Weaver appeared two years later as Warrant Officer Ripley in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster 1979 film Alien. She reprised the role in the three sequels of the Alien movie franchise, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection. Ty Burr of the Boston Globe states. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in Aliens, one of the very few actresses honored for a role in a science fiction film. In September 2011, it was confirmed that she will be returning to Avatar 2, with James Cameron saying that in science fiction nobody dies.