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Biography #2 (for Infamous)

Sigourney Weaver made her motion picture debut in 1979 in Ridley Scott's blockbuster, Alien. She reprised the role of Ripley in James Cameron's Aliens in 1986, for which she earned a Best Actress Academy Award? nomination, and in David Fincher's Alien3 in 1992, which she also co-produced. In 1997, Weaver brought Ripley back to life in Alien: Resurrection for director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Weaver has starred in a number of strikingly different and successful films. She gave a galvanizing performance in A Map of The World, Scott Elliott's powerful drama based on the novel by Jane Hamilton, which earned her universal critical praise and a Golden Globe nomination for best actress. She delighted audiences with her flair for comedy, along with crewmates Tim Allen and Alan Rickman, in the science fiction comedy Galaxy Quest directed by Dean Parisot, a hit of the 1999 holiday season.

In 1997 Weaver joined the ensemble of Ang Lee's critically acclaimed film The Ice Storm, playing alongside Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Elijah Wood and Christina Ricci. Her performance garnered her a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1988 Weaver had starring roles in three back to back hit movies: Gorillas in the Mist, in which she portrayed primatologist Dian Fossey, the Mike Nichols comedy Working Girl, and Ghostbusters II.

Weaver received her second and third Academy Award? nominations and was awarded Golden Globes for her performances in Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl. Other films include the thriller Copycat, Paul Rudnick's comedy Jeffrey, Roman Polanski's Death and the Maiden, Half Moon Street with Michael Caine, Ridley Scott's 1492, Eyewitness with William Hurt and Showtime's live-action film Snow White, based on the original Grimm's fairytale, which earned her both an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nomination.

Born and educated in New York City, Weaver graduated from Stanford University and went on to receive a master's degree from the Yale School of Drama. Her first professional job was as an understudy in Sir John Gielgud's production of The Constant Wife, starring Ingrid Bergman.

Weaver subsequently received a Tony Award nomination for her starring role in Hurlyburly on Broadway, directed by Mike Nichols. She played Portia in the Classic Stage Company of New York's production of The Merchant of Venice. In 1996, Weaver returned to Broadway in the Lincoln Center production of Sex and Longing, written by Christopher Durang.

She was most recently seen in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village and received rave reviews for her performance in Imaginary Heroes written and directed by Dan Harris. Weaver will next be seen in Snowcake opposite Alan Rickman and The TV Set, alongside David Duchovney. She will also lend her talents to the animated retelling of several classic Grimm Fairytales in Happily N'Ever After.

Bio courtesy Warner Independent for "Infamous" (25-Nov-2006)


Biography #3 (for Holes)

Sigourney Weaver made her motion picture debut in 1979 in Ridley Scott's hugely successful Alien. She reprised the role of Warrant Officer Ripley in James Cameron's Aliens in 1986, for which she earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination, and in David Fincher's Aliens 3 in 1992, for which she also served as co-producer. In 1997, Weaver brought Ripley back to life in Alien Resurrection for director Jean- Pierre Jeunet. She has created a host of memorable characters, both dramatic and comic, in other films as well, from Ghostbusters to The Year of Living Dangerously to Gorillas in the Mist to Working Girl to Dave.

2002 provided a busy and diverse year for Sigourney Weaver. In July, she starred alongside Bebe Neuwirth and newcomer Aaron Stanford in the Miramax release of the Sundance Film Festival favorite, Gary Winick's comedy feature Tadpole. She completed reprising -on film- the role she originated on stage earlier that year at the Flea Theatre in Downtown Manhattan with The Guys. Playwright Anne Nelson's moving response to the World Trade Towers collapse and events of September 11, The Guys is directed for film by Weaver's husband, Jim Simpson, who also directed the stage production. The stage production co-starred Bill Murray and the film version costars Anthony LaPaglia.

In 1982,Weaver made an indelible impression on audiences and critics alike, starring opposite Mel Gibson and Linda Hunt, in Peter Weir's brilliant romantic drama set in Indonesia at the outset of the 1965 revolution, The Year of Living Dangerously.

In a single year, 1988,Weaver had starring roles in three hit movies back to back: Gorillas in the Mist, in which she portrayed primatologist Dian Fossey; the Mike Nichols comedy Working Girl; and Ghostbusters II. Weaver received her second and third Academy Award nominations for Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, and received Golden Globe Awards for her performances in each of these films.

In 1992, Weaver reprised Ellen Ripley in David Fincher's Alien 3, and in 1993 she starred opposite Kevin Kline in Ivan Reitman's incandescent political comedy Dave. In 1994, she starred in Roman Polanski's gripping film adaptation of Ariel Dorfman's political drama, Death and the Maiden, opposite Ben Kingsley. In 1995,Weaver starred opposite Holly Hunter, under the direction of John Amiel, in the psychological thriller Copycat.

In the fall of 1997, Weaver starred in Ang Lee's critically acclaimed The Ice Storm alongside Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Elijah Wood and Christina Ricci. Her performance garnered her a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors' Guild nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

In the winter of 1999, Weaver starred in two strikingly different films. Her galvanizing performance in A Map of The World, Scott Elliott's powerful drama based on the novel by Jane Hamilton, earned universal critical praise and a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination. Her comic turn, along with crewmates Tim Allen and Alan Rickman, in the science fiction comedy Galaxy Quest for director Dean Parisot, proved to be one of the delights of the holiday season, and a continuing cult hit.

Weaver starred last spring as half of a mother-daughter con artist duo, together with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gene Hackman and Ray Liotta, in director David Mirkin's hit romantic comedy caper Heartbreakers.

Other film credits include starring roles in Deal of the Century with Chevy Chase and Gregory Hines, Half Moon Street with Michael Caine, One Woman or Two with Gerard Depardieu, Eyewitness with William Hurt, Ridley Scott's 1492 again with Depardieu, a memorable cameo appearance in the film adaptation of Paul Rudnick's stage comedy, Jeffrey, and a fleeting moment as Woody Allen's date outside the movie theatre in Annie Hall. Born and educated in New York City, Weaver graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English from Stanford University and went on to receive a Master's degree from the Yale School of Drama. Her first professional job was as an understudy in Sir John Gielgud's production of The Constant Wife, starring Ingrid Bergman, which toured before being presented on Broadway.

Weaver made her first stage appearance in an Off- Off Broadway production of Christopher Durang's The Nature and Purpose of the Universe, following it with another Off-Broadway double bill, Titanic and Das Lusitania Songspiel, the latter of which she co-authored with Durang. Das Lusitania won Drama Desk nominations for both Weaver and Durang.

Weaver subsequently appeared in a number of Off- Broadway productions in New York, working with such writers as John Guare, Albert Innaurato, Richard Nelson, Len Jenkin and Christopher Durang. In regional repertory, she performed in plays written by Pinter, Williams, Feydeau and Shakespeare. She also appeared in the PBS series The Best of Families.

Weaver received a Tony Award nomination for her starring role in Hurlyburly on Broadway. After completing filming on Aliens, she collaborated for the first time with her husband, theater director Jim Simpson, playing Portia in the Classic Stage Company of New York's production of The Merchant of Venice. In 1996,Weaver appeared on Broadway again in Lincoln Center Theater's production of Sex and Longing, written by Christopher Durang.

Weaver starred as the sorceress stepmother in Showtime's live-action film, Snow White: A Tale of Terror, based on the original Grimm's fairytale. She received both Screen Actors Guild and Emmy nominations for her performance.

Weaver's production company, Goat Cay Productions, based in New York, is working to introduce new voices from the theater into the film industry. She and her family live in New York.

Bio courtesy Disney for "Holes" (25-Apr-2003)


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