The most important actress in science fiction is Sigourney Weaver. But that's not why geeks, and men, love her. We love her perfect mix of beauty, grace, toughness and humor.
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Sigourney Weaver (born Sandra Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949) is the daughter of TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr. and British actress Elizabeth Inglis. Because of her father's love for Roman history she was almost named Flavia. I'm not sure she'd be as famous as Flavia Weaver.
A tall girl (at 13 she was already 5' 10") Weaver was constantly being laughed at and picked on in school. She gained acceptance by becoming the class clown.
Sigourney Weaver is most famous for her role of tough Ellen Ripley in the four Alien films: Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), and Alien Resurrection (1997). Weaver got her first Academy Award nomination for Aliens. It's considered a landmark in the history of science ficion and Ellen Ripley is major step in challenging the perceptions of gender roles in cinema. Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley is #2 in our list of the Top 100 Fictional Space Travelers of All Time.
She earned the nickname "The Sci Fi Queen" with geeky roles like Dana Barrett in Ghostbusters and its sequel Ghostbusters II, Galaxy Quest, Futurama, WALL-E, Paul and scientist Grace Augustine in Avatar (2009).
Weaver has been nominated for three Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards (one win), two Emmy Awards, six Saturn Awards (two wins) and six Golden Globe Awards. In 1988 she won two Golden Globe Awards for Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl. Sigourney Weaver became the first person ever to have won two acting Golden Globe Awards in the same year. She was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award and a Tony.
Sigourney Weaver currently has the lead role on USA Network's Political Animals as Elaine Barrish the current Secretary of State.
What do you think of Sigourney Weaver? Do you think she earned the title of Sci fi queen? What's your favorite performance or moment?
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