Susan Alexandra Weaver, better known as Sigourney, made her motion picture debut in Woody Allen's Oscar-winning Best Picture Annie Hall in 1977. It was a harbinger of great success to come. A mere two years later, she played the role that would turn her into a household name, Ellen Ripley in the classic sci-fi/horror shocker Alien. That picture spawned three sequels in which she also appeared. More iconic films followed, notably Ghostbusters and its sequel, and James Cameron's Avatar.
Most people have seen those ultra-popular movies, but Weaver has an extensive filmography that covers almost every genre. She's earned three Academy Award nominations so far in her career, and has worked with noted directors including Peter Weir, Mike Nichols, Ivan Reitman, Ridley Scott, Ang Lee, and William Friedkin. Audiences may associate her with Ellen Ripley. She can do so much more, though, as the following performances conclusively prove.