Her performance as Ellen Ripley in Aliens (1986) is ranked #58 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
Has one daughter, Charlotte Simpson, was born on 13 April 1990.
Along with Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Janet Leigh, Jodie Foster (who won), Ellen Burstyn and Linda Blair, she is one of the few actresses to have been nominated for an Oscar for a performance in a horror movie.
Attended the Yale School of Drama
Changed her name after reading "The Great Gatsby".
Was nominated for Broadway's 1985 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for David Rabe's "Hurlyburly," but lost to a co-star, Judith Ivey.
Remains in contact with her former Aliens (1986) co-star Carrie Henn.
Singer/songwriter Mike Garrigan wrote a song entitled "Sigourney Weaver" that pays tribute to the actress.
Though they have never worked together she has co-starred with nine actors who have also co-starred with Jamie Lee Curtis: Ray Liotta, Dan Aykroyd, Kevin Kline, Tim Allen, J.E. Freeman, Mel Gibson, Elijah Wood, Philip Bosco and Bill Paxton. Both have co-starred with Michelle Williams. They have also both worked with composer John Ottman and director James Cameron.
Friend of Selina Cadell.
Member of jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998
Her performance as Ellen Ripley in the "Alien" quadrilogy is ranked #8 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Graduated from Stanford University in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in English.
Family: Daughter of NBC-TV executive Sylvester L. Weaver Jr. ("Pat" Weaver) and actress Elizabeth Inglis, older brother, Trajan Weaver. Uncle, actor Doodles Weaver.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#74). (2007).
Ranked #71 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. (October 1997)
In many of her roles her character has had to deal with artificially intelligent spaceships. In the "Alien" movies, she battles them. In Galaxy Quest (1999), much to her character's chagrin, she repeated whatever the spaceship said. In addition, on an episode of "Futurama" (1999), she had the chance to voice a spaceship.
Born at 6:15 PM EST
Debuted in Woody Allen 's Annie Hall (1977), duration: 6 seconds.
Speaks fluent French and German.
Her dad Sylvester L. Weaver Jr. ("Pat" Weaver), NBC-TV president (1953- 55), pioneered the desk-and-couch talk show format that still survives on two programs he created - NBC's "Today" (1952) and "Tonight!" (1953) (aka "The Tonight Show") shows.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#81). (1995)
Eye/hair color: brown
She is one of the elite eleven thespians to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year for their achievements in two different movies. The other nine are Fay Bainter, Teresa Wright, Barry Fitzgerald (he has been nominated in both categories for the same role in the same movie), Jessica Lange, Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, Holly Hunter, Julianne Moore, Jamie Foxx and Cate Blanchett.