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Not many actors and actresses get to make the kind of impact Sigourney Weaver has made on the entertainment industry. Ardent lovers of Sci-Fi movies would be well conversant with the name Sigourney Weaver, a popular American actress. She is mostly known for her role in the ’70s hit movie Alien. Her role as Ellen Ripley in the thriller brought her to the limelight and opened her to lots of opportunities. Weaver has equally garnered tons of awards and recognition in the course of her career.
After her appearance in Alien which was released in 1979, she went on to reprise her role in the sequels that followed. She has successfully featured in a host of sci-fi movies earning her the nickname ‘Sci-FI Queen’. Her name was not always Sigourney; Here are other interesting facts to know about her.
Sigourney Weaver Bio (Age)
She was born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949, in Manhattan, New York. Her parents Elizabeth Inglis and Sylvester Weaver are both late. The actress adopted the name Sigourney after the character ‘Sigourney Howard’ in the novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Weaver was born into a family of people inclined to showbiz. Her father was a known television executive who worked with the NBC while her mother was a popular actress. She followed in the footsteps of her mother to become an actress and a very talented one at that. Sigourney Weaver is an alumnus of Sarah Lawrence College. She also attended Stanford University where she graduated in 1972 with a B.A in English. She acquired her Master’s degree from Yale University School of Drama in 1974.
Before she was done with her academics, Weaver was already involved in a lot of acting stints especially on Broadway. However, her first movie role was in Annie Hall in 1977. Sigourney Weaver came to the limelight after she played the lead character of Ripley, in Alien (1979). After a remarkable performance in the first installment, she went on to reprise her roles in the sequels.
The ’80s was also promising for the Alien star. One of her remarkable performances was in the movie, Gorillas in the Mist where she starred as Dian Fossey, and also in the Working Girl. Weaver gained huge recognition for her appearance in the two movies. While making the sequels of Alien in the ’90s, Weaver also featured in a lot of other movies. Some of them include Jeffrey, The Ice Storm, Galaxy Quest, and a few others. The 2000s got busier for Sigourney Weaver who has continued to make significant strides in the movie industry.
The epic sci-fi movie Avatar (2009) is one of her remarkable movies. She starred as Dr. Grace Augustine who led the avatar program. The talented actress came back as the voice of Ripley in the year 2014 but for the Alien: Isolation video game. That same year, Weaver starred in Exodus: Gods and Kings, as Tuya. The following year, she starred as Michelle Bradley in the sci-fi film, Chappie. For Sigourney, it has been an interesting journey filled with its own ups and downs and she has successfully handled them gracefully.
Her Net Worth
With a sound and flourishing career like hers, you can bet Sigourney Weaver is above average when matters of finance are discussed. The legendary actress has accumulated a whopping net worth of $50 million. The Alien Franchise, and a host of other hit Sci-Fi films which she graced with her appearance, all contribute to her mouthwatering net worth. She also makes her money from various endorsements and other business endeavors.
Family: Husband and Daughter
Sigourney may seem so busy with her career but also creates time for love and family. The Alien star is married to Jim Simpson, a stage director. The couple got married in October 1984 and have been together since then, becoming a model for younger celebrity couples. Together, Weaver and Simpson have a daughter named Charlotte. Charlotte Simpson was born in April 1990.
Her Height and Body Measurements
With a distinctive height and spot-on acting skills, Sigourney has indeed created a unique image for herself in the industry. She stands at a tall height of 6 feet, indeed one of the tallest in the records. Even more interesting, before the age of 15, the actress had already grown to a startling 5 feet 10 inches and stood out among her peers. Amazingly, her fast growth landed her lots of opportunities at a young age. She weighs a proportional 66 kg with attractive body measurements of 35-26-36 inches.