sigourney weaver
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  • Faith: Judaism
  • Career: Actress
  • Birthday:  October 08, 1949

Sigourney Weaver is an actress. A figure in pop culture and science fiction, she’s received various accolades, including a British Academy Film Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and a Grammy, in addition to nominations for three Academy Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award. In 2003, she was voted No. 20 in Channel 4’s countdown of the 100 greatest movie stars of all time.

Weaver rose to fame for starring as Ellen Ripley in Ridley Scott’s science fiction movie “Alien.” She reprised her role in James Cameron’s “Aliens,” for which she received her first Academy Award nomination, and again in “Alien 3” and “Alien Resurrection.” The character is regarded as a significant female protagonist in cinema history. She reunited with Cameron in “Avatar” and “Avatar: The Way of Water,” two of the highest-grossing films of all time. She also played Dana Barrett in the “Ghostbusters” films, which started in 1984. On Broadway, she received a Tony Award nomination for her role in the play “Hurlyburly.”

In 1988, she received dual Academy Award nominations for the respective roles of primatologist Dian Fossey in “Gorillas in the Mist” and a young associate in “Working Girl,” both of which won her Golden Globe Awards. She won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Ice Storm.” Her other notable films include “Copycat,” “Galaxy Quest,” “The Village,” “The Vantage Point,” “Chappie,” and “A Monster Calls.” She’s also performed voice roles in the animated movies “The Tale of Despereaux” and Pixar movies “WALL-E” and “Finding Dory,” as well as several documentaries, like the BBC series “Planet Earth” and “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week.” In TV, she’s received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her starring roles in the films “Snow White: A Tale of Terror,” “Prayers for Bobby,” and “Political Animals.”

She won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for narrating the humor book Earth (The Book.) Sigourney Weaver was born in New York City in 1949. Her mother, Elizabeth, was an English actress. Her father, Sylvester “Pat” Weaver Jr., was a television executive who served as president of NBC from 1953 to 1955 and created NBC’s “Today Show” in 1952. Her brother, Winstead Weaver, was a comedian and contributor to Mad. At 14, Weaver started using the name Sigourney, taking it from a minor character in “The Great Gatsby.” She briefly attended the Brearley School and Chapin School in New York before arriving at the Ethel Walker School in Connecticut, where she developed an early interest in performance art.

What religion is Sigourney Weaver?

Sigourney Weaver follows the Jewish faith. In 1967, right before she turned 18, she visited Israel and volunteered on a kibbutz for several months. When she got back to the United States, she attended Sarah Lawrence College but transferred to Stanford University after her first year. At Stanford, Weaver was heavily involved in theater.

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