Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver

  • Highest Rated: 99% Aliens (1986)
  • Lowest Rated: 4% The Cold Light of Day (2012)
  • Birthday: Oct 8, 1949
  • Birthplace: New York City, New York
  • Though she is a classically trained dramatic actress and has played a variety of roles, Sigourney Weaver is still best known for her portrayal of the steel-jawed, alien-butt-kicking space crusader Ellen Ripley from the four Alien movies. The formidably beautiful, 5'11'' actress was born Susan Weaver to NBC president Pat Weaver and actress Elizabeth Inglis. Her father had a passion for Roman history and originally wanted to name her Flavia, but after reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby at the age of 14, Weaver renamed herself Sigourney, after one of the book's minor characters. After being schooled in her native New York City, Weaver attended Stanford University and then obtained her master's at the Yale School of Drama where, along with classmate Meryl Streep, she appeared in classical Greek plays. After earning her degree, Weaver was only able to find work in experimental plays produced well away from Broadway, as more conventional producers found her too tall to perform in mainstream works. After getting her first real break in the soap opera Somerset (1970-1976), she made her film debut with a bit part in Woody Allen's Annie Hall in 1977. Weaver had her first major role in Madman which was released just prior to Alien in 1979. Though the role of Ripley was originally designed for Veronica Cartwright (who ultimately played the doomed Lambert), scouts for director Ridley Scott saw Weaver working off-Broadway and felt she would be perfect for the part. The actress' take on the character was laced with a subtlety that made her a new kind of female action hero: Intelligent, resourceful, and unconsciously sexy, Weaver's Ripley was a woman with the guts to master her fear in order to take on a terrifying unknown enemy. Alien proved to be one of the year's biggest hits and put Weaver on Hollywood's A-list, though she would not reprise her character for another seven years. In between, she worked to prove her versatility, playing solid dramatic roles in Eyewitness (1981) and The Year of Living Dangerously (1982), while letting a more playful side show as a cellist who channels a fearsome demon in Ghostbusters (1984). In 1986, Aliens burst into the theater, even gorier and more rip-roaring than its predecessor. This time, Weaver focused more on the maternal side of her character, which only served to make her tougher than ever. Her unforgettable performance was honored with a Best Actress Oscar nomination, and was followed up by Weaver's similarly haunting portrayal of doomed naturalist/animal rights activist Diane Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist (1988). The role won Weaver her second Best Actress Oscar nomination, and that same year, she received yet another Oscar nomination -- this time for Best Supporting Actress -- for her deliciously poisonous portrayal of Melanie Griffith's boss in Working Girl. After 1992's Alien 3, Weaver had her next big hit playing President Kevin Kline's lonely wife in the bittersweet romantic comedy Dave (1993). She then gave a gripping performance as a rape/torture victim who faces down the man who may or may not have been her tormentor in Roman Polanski's moody thriller Death and the Maiden (1994). During the latter half of the decade, Weaver appeared in Alien Resurrection -- perhaps the most poorly received installment of the series -- but increasingly surfaced in offbeat roles such as the coolly fragile Janey in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm and the psychotic, wicked Queen in the adult-oriented HBO production The Grimm Brothers' Snow White (both 1997). In 1999, she starred in the sci-fi spoof Galaxy Quest, making fun of her image as a sci-fi goddess while continuing to prove her remarkable versatility.Weaver's first high-profile project of the new millenium saw her swindling Ray Liotta and Gene Hackman as a sexy con-woman teamed up with Jennifer Love Hewitt. Already into her fifties, Weaver proved she still possessed plenty of sex-appeal even alongside a substantially younger starlet like Hewitt.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Avatar 4 Actor 2025
No Score Yet Avatar 5 Actor 2025
No Score Yet Avatar 3 Actor 2023
No Score Yet Avatar 2 Actor 2021
33% The Assignment Dr. Rachel Kay 2017
86% A Monster Calls Grandma $3.8M 2017
No Score Yet Rakka Actor 2017
74% Ghostbusters Rebecca Gorin $128.4M 2016
94% Finding Dory as Herself $486.3M 2016
No Score Yet Ghostheads Actor 2016
98% Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Jag är Ingrid) Actor $0.2M 2015
32% Chappie Michelle Bradley 2015
30% Exodus: Gods and Kings Tuya 2014
20% All You Need Is Love Actor 2014
No Score Yet My Depression Actor 2014
56% Vamps Cisserus $3.2K 2012
4% The Cold Light of Day Carrack $3.8M 2012
30% Red Lights Dr. Margaret Matheson $49.8K 2012
74% Rampart Joan Confrey $1M 2012
5% Abduction Dr. Bennett $27.7M 2011
71% Paul The Big Guy $37.4M 2011
86% Cedar Rapids Macy Vanderhei $6.9M 2011
17% You Again Ramona $25.7M 2010
8% Crazy on the Outside Viki $64.9K 2010
82% Avatar Dr. Grace Augustine $749.8M 2009
No Score Yet Prayers for Bobby Mary Griffith 2009
No Score Yet Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood Actor 2009
57% The Tale of Despereaux The Narrator Narrator $50.9M 2008
71% The Girl in the Park Julia Sandburg 2008
95% WALL-E Ship's Computer $223.8M 2008
64% Baby Mama Chaffee Bicknell $60.3M 2008
65% Be Kind Rewind Ms. Lawson $11.3M 2008
34% Vantage Point Rex Brooks $72.3M 2008
No Score Yet His Highness Hollywood Actor 2008
65% The TV Set Lenny $35K 2007
No Score Yet Alien Resurrection (Special Edition) Actor 2007
No Score Yet Alien3 (Special Edition) Actor 2007
No Score Yet DNA: Secret of Photo 51 Actor 2007
4% Happily N'ever After Frieda $151.9M 2006
73% Infamous Babe Paley $1.1M 2006
65% Snow Cake Linda Freeman 2006
No Score Yet Movies 101 Actor 2005
34% Imaginary Heroes Sandy Travis 2005
44% The Village Alice Hunt $114.2M 2004
73% The Guys Joan 2003
77% Holes Louise Walker $67.4M 2003
No Score Yet The Snow Queen & The Wild Swans Actor 2003
94% Alien: The Director's Cut Ripley 2003
78% Tadpole Eve $2.9M 2002
No Score Yet The 'Alien' Saga Actor 2002
41% Big Bad Love Betti Deloreo $0.2M 2001
53% Heartbreakers Max 2001
14% Company Man Daisy Quimp 2001
90% Galaxy Quest Gwen DeMarco/Lt. Tawny Madison 1999
65% A Map of the World Alice Goodwin 1999
71% Get Bruce Actor 1999
No Score Yet Why Dogs Smile and Chimpanzees Cry Narrator 1999
56% Alien Resurrection Ellen Ripley 1997
84% The Ice Storm Jane Carver 1997
60% Snow White: A Tale of Terror Claudia Alvise Hoffman 1997
No Score Yet The Universal Story Actor 1996
78% Copycat Helen Hudson 1995
67% Jeffrey Debra Moorhouse 1995
84% Death and the Maiden Paulina Escobar 1995
95% Dave Ellen Mitchell 1993
32% 1492: Conquest of Paradise Queen Isabel 1992
42% Alien3 Producer Ellen Ripley 1992
No Score Yet Peachboy Narrator 1991
53% Ghostbusters 2 Dana Barrett 1989
No Score Yet Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge Actor 1989
85% Working Girl Katharine Parker 1988
83% Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey Dian Fossey 1988
No Score Yet One Woman or Two Jessica Fitzgerald 1987
99% Aliens Ripley 1986
50% Half Moon Street Lauren Slaughter 1986
No Score Yet Aliens (Special Edition) Actor Director 1986
97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original) Dana Barrett 1984
13% Deal of the Century Catherine DeVoto 1983
87% The Year of Living Dangerously Jill Bryant 1983
No Score Yet Stories to Remember Narrator 1982
75% Eyewitness Tony Sokolow 1981
97% Alien Ripley 1979
No Score Yet Madman Actor 1979
No Score Yet Sorrows of Gin Actor 1979
No Score Yet Alien Legacy Actor 1979
97% Annie Hall Alvy's Date outside Theater 1977

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

86% The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
2019
The Myth-Speaker
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2015
  • 2014
78% Marvel's The Defenders
2017
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
87% Doc Martin
Tourist
  • 2016
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
62% Political Animals
2012
Elaine Barrish Hammond
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2007
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 2010
  • 1986
31% The Jay Leno Show
2009-2010
Guest
  • 2009
60% Eli Stone
2008-2009
Therapist
  • 2008
No Score Yet Pioneers of Television
2008-2014
Appearing
  • 2008
95% Planet Earth
2007
Narrator
  • 2007
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Narrator
  • 2003
No Score Yet NOVA
1974
Voice Narrator
  • 2003
95% Futurama
1999-2013
Voice
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2001

QUOTES FROM Sigourney Weaver CHARACTERS

Grace
They're just pissing on us without even giving us the courtesy of calling it rain
Grace
They're just pissing on us without even giving us the courtesy of calling it rain.
Ship's Computer
(Cheerful) Ten seconds to self-destruct.
Ship's Computer
Ten seconds to self-destruct.
Ellen Ripley
Show me everything.
Mary Griffith
[Crying] There was nothing wrong with him.
Mary Griffith
There was nothing wrong with him.
Ellen Ripley
Final report, the commercial star-ship Nostromo. Third officer reporting. The other members of the crew—Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash, and Captain Dallas—are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier within six weeks. With a little luck the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.
Ramona
You stole Richie Philipps from me!
Gail
Richie Philipps from High School?
Ramona
I was in love with him!
Gail
You were in love with him?!
Gail
You were in love with him?
The Warden
Stanley! Stanley, won't you just open it? Just let me see what's inside! Please?
Stanley Yelnats
Excuse me? *closes trunk*
Stanley Yelnats
Excuse me?
Ellen Ripley
Get away from her you bitch!
Ellen Ripley
Who do I have to fuck to get off this boat?
Johner
I can get you off......maybe not the boat.
Johner
I can get you off... maybe not the boat.
Distephano
I thought you were dead?
Ellen Ripley
Yeah, I get that a lot.
Ellen Ripley
These people are here to protect you. They're soldiers.
Newt
It won't make any difference.
The Warden
I'm surrounded by a bunch of cow turds.
Gediman
Fork
Ellen Ripley
Fuck?
Gediman
It's fork.
Ellen Ripley
This is little girl survived long than that with no weapons and no training.
Newt
(salutes)
Newt
[salutes]
Pvt. Hudson
Why don't you put her in charge!
Ellen Ripley
We will and then we will blow it the fuck out into space!
Ellen Ripley
Get away from her you bitch!
Ellen Ripley
This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.
Ellen Ripley
You've been in my life so long, I can't remember anything else.
Ellen Ripley
I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit...it's the only way to be sure.
Dr. Margaret Matheson
He's dangerous Tom...stay away from him.
Dr. Margaret Matheson
What I can't forgive, is that for one second, and it only lasted a second...I thought it might be true...he made me doubt...and everyone could see it.
Ellen Ripley
You...are...my...lucky...star...
Gwen DeMarco
Let's get out of here before one of those things kills Guy.
Ash
You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.
Lambert
You admire it.
Ash
I admire its purity. A survivor... unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.
Parker
Look, I am... I've heard enough of this, and I'm asking you to pull the plug.
Ash
Last word.
Ellen Ripley
What?
Ash
I can't lie to you about your chances, but... you have my sympathies.
Ellen Ripley
Get away from her you bitch!
Jean Carrack
You're scared, and scared people holding guns in my face... that scares me.
Ellen Ripley
You're going out there to destroy them, right? Not to study. Not to bring back, but to wipe them out?
Carter Burke
That's the plan.
Ellen Ripley
God damn it, that's not all! Because if one of those things gets down here then that will be all! Then all this - this bullshit that you think is so important, you can just kiss all that goodbye!
Ellen Ripley
Get away from her you BITCH!
Carter Burke
Ripley...! You know, I... I expected more from you. I thought you'd be smarter than this.
Carter Burke
Ripley! You know, I... I expected more from you. I thought you'd be smarter than this.
Ellen Ripley
I'm happy to disappoint you.
Ellen Ripley
Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?
Ellen Ripley
I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure!
Dr. Margaret Matheson
Are there no real challenges left out there.
Gwen DeMarco
[Gwen and Jason encounter the chompers] What is this thing? I mean, it serves no useful purpose for there to be a bunch of chompy, crushy things in the middle of a hallway. No, I mean we shouldn't have to do this, it makes no logical sense, why is it here?
Jason Nesmith
'Cause it's on the television show.
Gwen DeMarco
Well forget it! I'm not doing it! This episode was badly written!
Gwen DeMarco
Does the rolling *help*?
Jason Nesmith
Yes, it helps.
Gwen DeMarco
Ducts? Why is it always ducts?
Ship's Computer
You will survive.
Captain
I don't want to survive, I want to live!
Dr. Margaret Matheson
There are two kinds of people out there with a special gift. The ones who really think they have some kind of power and the other guys who think we canâ??t figure them out. Theyâ??re both wrong.
Dr. Margaret Matheson
There are two kinds of people out there with a special gift. The ones who really think they have some kind of power and the other guys who think we can't figure them out. They're both wrong.
Ellen Ripley
get away from her you bitch!
Ellen Ripley
Get away from her, you bitch!
Captain
[Reads from book] Step 1, voice command: confirm acquisition.
Ship's Computer
Confirm acquisition. [Grabs EVE] Voice authorization acquired.
Captain
Uh...
Ship's Computer
[Echoes Captain's voice] Uh. Accepted.
The Warden
Excuse me?
Ash
Ripley, for God's sake, this is the first time that we've encountered a species like this. It has to go back. All sorts of tests have to be made.
Ellen Ripley
Ash, are you kidding? This thing bled acid. Who knows what it's gonna do when it's dead?
Ash
I think it's safe to assume it isn't a zombie.
Ellen Ripley
These people are here to protect you. They're soldiers.
Newt
It won't make any difference.
Ellen Ripley
Get away from her you B*TCH!
Paulina Escobar
In Democracy,knocking is friendly.
Paulina Escobar
In Democracy, knocking is friendly.
Ellen Ripley
My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are.
Ellen Ripley
Whenever he says *anything* you say 'right,' Brett, you know that?
Brett
Right.
Ellen Ripley
Parker, what do you think? Your staff just follows you around and says 'right'. Just like a regular parrot.
Parker
Yeah, shape up. What are you some kind of parrot?
Ellen Ripley
They cut the power.
Pvt. Hudson
What do you mean, "They cut the power"? How could they cut the power, man? They're animals!
Pvt. Hudson
What do you mean, 'They cut the power'? How could they cut the power, man? They're animals!
Dana Barrett
(about Oscar)What do you think?
Peter Venkman
Well, he's ugly.
Kate Holbrook
It costs more to have someone born than to have someone killed!
Chaffee Bicknell
It takes longer.
Ellen Ripley
stupid cat
Ellen Ripley
Stupid cat.
Ellen Ripley
Ash can you hear me? Ash!?
Ash
[Eyes open] Yes I can hear you.
Ellen Ripley
What was your special order?
Ash
You read it, I thought it was clear.
Ellen Ripley
What was it?
Ash
Bring back life form, priority one, all other priorities are rescinded.
Parker
The damn Company. What about our lives you son of a bitch?
Ash
I repeat, all other priorities are rescinded.
Ellen Ripley
How do we kill it Ash, there's got to be a way of killing it, how, how do we do it?
Ash
You can't.
Parker
That's bullshit!
Ash
You still don't understand what you're dealing with do you? Perfect organism. It's structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.
Lambert
You admire it.
Ash
I admire its purity. A survivor, unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality.
Parker
I've heard enough of this and i'm asking you to pull the plug.
Ash
Last word.
Ellen Ripley
What?
Ash
I can't lie to you about your chances, but, you have my sympathies. [Smiles]
Ellen Ripley
[Pulls the plug]
Gwen DeMarco
Gwen: They're not all historical documents. Surely, you don't think Gilligan's Island is a ... Mathazar: Those poor people.
Gwen DeMarco
Gwen: They're not all historical documents. Surely, you don't think Gilligan's Island is a ...
Gwen DeMarco
Gwen: They're not all historical documents. Surely, you don't think Gilligan's Island is a...
Mathesar
Those poor people.
Gwen DeMarco
Look! I have one job on this ship. It's stupid, but I'm going to do it. Okay?
Jason Nesmith
You're not gonna die on the planet, Guy.
Guy Fleegman
I'm not? Then what's my last name?
Jason Nesmith
It's... uh... uh... I don't know.
Guy Fleegman
Nobody knows. Do you know why? Because my character isn't important enough for a last name, because I'm gonna die five minutes in!
Gwen DeMarco
Guy, you have a last name.
Guy Fleegman
DO I? DO I? For all you know, I'm Crewman Number Six! Mommy... mommy...
Ellen Ripley
Whenever he says *anything* you say "right," Brett, you know that?
Ellen Ripley
Whenever he says *anything* you say 'right,' Brett, you know that?
Brett
Right.
Ellen Ripley
Parker, what do you think? Your staff just follows you around and says "right". Just like a regular parrot.
Ellen Ripley
Parker, what do you think? Your staff just follows you around and says 'right'. Just like a regular parrot.
Parker
Yeah, shape up. What are you some kind of parrot?
Mary Griffith
Before you echo AMEN to your home and in place of worship, think and remember, a child is listening.
Ellen Ripley
I say we take off and nuke this entire site from orbit...it's the only way to be sure.
Ellen Ripley
I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage
Ellen Ripley
You know, Burke, I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage.
Ellen Ripley
Get away from her you B*TCH!
Ship's Computer
(After Eve is found on the ship) Voice authorisation required.
Ship's Computer
[after Eve is found on the ship] Voice authorisation required.
Captain
Er... (Device repeats it back to him).
Captain
Er... [device repeats it back to him]
Ship's Computer
Voice accepted.
Grace
"I need to get some samples."
Grace
I need to get some samples.
Peter Venkman
Dana the guys are going down in the sewer to check for slime stuff, And Egon thinks there may even be a huge serge in cockroach breeding. Do ya wanna blow off this dinner thing and go with them?
Peter Venkman
Dana the guys are going down in the sewer to check for slime stuff. And Egon thinks there may even be a huge serge in cockroach breeding. Do you wanna blow off this dinner thing and go with them?
Dana Barrett
Taxi!
Peter Venkman
Zool may i speak to Dana please?
Peter Venkman
Zool may I speak to Dana please?
Dana Barrett
[Zool voice] There is no Dana only Zool!
Peter Venkman
What a lovely singing voice you must have.
Dana Barrett
Oh Shit!
Dana Barrett
Oh shit!
Dana Barrett
That's the bedroom, but nothing but nothing ever happend in there.
Peter Venkman
What a crime.
Dana Barrett
You know you don't act like a Scientist.
Peter Venkman
They're usually pretty stiff.
Peter Venkman
You're more like a Game show host.
Peter Venkman
You're more like a game show host.
Ellen Ripley
This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.
Ellen Ripley
This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off. [to Jonesy the cat]
Linda Freeman
You are a very selfish man, Alex.
Alex Hughes
I'm not selfish, you're just unreasonable.
Linda Freeman
I'm autistic!
Alex Hughes
Well, it's the same thing.
Dr. Bennett
There were only four of us that knew your identity, two of us are dead.
Ellen Ripley
[pointing to a part of the gun Hicks is showing her] What's this?
Ellen Ripley
[pointing to a part of the gun Hicks is showing her] What's this?
Cpl. Dwayne Hicks
That's the grenade launcher. I don't think you want to mess with that.
Ellen Ripley
You started this. Show me everything. I can handle myself.
Cpl. Dwayne Hicks
[chuckles] Yeah, I noticed.
Col. Miles Quaritch
Shut your pie hole!
Grace
Or what, "Ranger Rick"? You gonna shoot me?
Grace
Or what, 'Ranger Rick'? You gonna shoot me?
Grace
I can do that.
Col. Miles Quaritch
I can do that.
Ellen Ripley
Get away from her you bitch!
Ellen Ripley
I'm thinking.
Parker
Ash is a robot!
Ellen Ripley
you know Burke,I don't know which species is worse.you don't see them f***ing each other over for a goddamn percentage
Ellen Ripley
You know, Burke, I don't know which species is worse. You don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage.
Katherine Parker
This woman is my secretary!
Jack Trainer
She is not!
Katherine Parker
Oh, no? Ask her!
The Warden
"I'm tired of this, grandpa!"
The Warden
I'm tired of this, Grandpa.
Trout Walker
"That's too damn bad!"
Trout Walker
Well, that's too damn bad!
Ship's Computer
Caution: Rogue robots. Caution...
Mary
I didn't know we had a pool!
WALL-E
Oh, EVE.
Captain
Computer, define 'dancing.'
Ellen Ripley
Get away from her, you bitch!
Dana Barrett
(to Peter) Are you the key master?
Dana Barrett
[to Peter] Are you the key master?
Peter Venkman
Um. . .no. . .not that I know of. (Dana shuts door. Peter knocks again)
Peter Venkman
Um no...not that I know of. [Dana shuts door. Peter knocks again]
Dana Barrett
Are you the key master?
Peter Venkman
Um. . .yeah. Um. . .I'm a friend of his, yeah.
Peter Venkman
Um...yeah. Um...I'm a friend of his, yeah.
Ellen Ripley
I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
Ellen Ripley
Micro changes in air density, my ass.
Tsu'tey
You mated with this woman?
Grace
Oh shit!
Ellen Ripley
Get away from her, you bitch!