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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

65 Groovy Things about Sigourney Weaver on her birthday

Today I'm celebrating Sigourney Weaver's 65th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Susan Alexandra Weaver was born in Manhattan, New York City, on October 8, 1949, and she began using the name "Sigourney" in 1963 after a minor character (Sigourney Howard) in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby.

2. In 1973, she made her film debut as an uncredited party guest in Serpico starring Al Pacino.

3. She graduated from the Yale School of Drama in 1974, where she appeared in the chorus of a production of Stephen Sondheim's musical version of The Frogs.

4. She was an understudy and the Assistant Stage Manager for Sir John Gielgud's 1975 Broadway production of The Constant Wife starring Ingrid Bergman (she was not Bergman's understudy).

5. In May 1976, she appeared Off-Broadway in two Christopher Durang one-act plays, Titanic and Das Lusitania Songspiel (a parody of Bertolt Brechtian cabaret co-authored by Weaver), which ran for eight performances. In 1980, she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for a new expanded version of Das Lusitania Songspiel, but Evita's Patti LuPone won.

6. She played television journalist Avis Ryan on the daytime soap opera, Somerset, in 1976.

7. In January 1977, she appeared in John Guare's comedy, Marco Polo Sings a Solo, at Manhattan's Public Theater with Joel Grey and Madeline Kahn.

8. In 1977, she played the minor role of "Alvy's Date Outside Theatre" at the end of Woody Allen's Annie Hall.

9. She appeared in a Campbell's Soup commercial in 1977.

10. She appeared in a Pepsi commercial in 1978.

11. She appeared in the 1978 drama, Madman, with F. Murray Abraham, Michael Beck and Alan Feinstein.

12. In 1979, she appeared in two episodes of 3 by Cheever - The Sorrows of Gin and O Youth and Beauty! - for the PBS Great Performances series.

13. She got her first leading role in a film as Warrant Officer/Lieutenant Ellen Ripley in the 1979 science-fiction horror film, Alien.

14. In January 1981, she appeared in an Off-Broadway production of the comedy, Beyond Therapy, written by her Yale classmate and friend Christopher Durang.

15. She starred opposite William Hurt in the 1981 thriller, Eyewitness.

16. She starred opposite Mel Gibson in the 1982 drama, The Year of Living Dangerously, and she promoted the film on The Tonight Show.

17. She starred in the 1983 comedy, Deal of the Century, with Chevy Chase and Gregory Hines.

18. In August 1983, she starred in Harold Pinter's Old Times at the Williamstown Theatre Festival with Dianne Wiest and Edward Herrmann.

19. She played Dana Barrett in the 1984 comedy, Ghostbusters, and the 1989 sequel, Ghostbusters II.

20. She received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for David Rabe's 1984 play, Hurlyburly (her co-star Judith Ivey won).

21. She received her first Academy Award and first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her performance as Ellen Ripley in Aliens, the 1986 sequel to Alien. She later starred in 1992's Alien 3 and 1997's Alien: Resurrection.

22. In 1986, she discussed Aliens as a guest on Conversations in the Arts and Humanities with John C. Tibbetts.

23. She surprised her Aliens co-star Paul Reiser on Late Night with David Letterman on July 16, 1986 (the first video has a much better picture quality, but the end of the show is cut off).

24. In August 1986, she played Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Williamstown Theatre Festival with Christopher Walken as Stanley, James Naughton as Mitch and Blythe Danner as Blanche.

25. She was the host of Saturday Night Live twice on October 11, 1986, and on January 16, 2010.

26. She starred opposite Michael Caine in the 1986 erotic thriller, Half Moon Street.

27. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in the 1988 drama, Gorillas in the Mist. She also won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama.

28. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1988 film, Working Girl. She also won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

29. She was a guest on The Tonight Show with guest host Jay Leno on March 1, 1989.

30. She was a guest on The Arsenio Hall Show on June 14, 1989, to promote Ghostbusters II.

31. She played First Lady Ellen Mitchell opposite Kevin Kline in the 1993 film, Dave.

32. She starred in the 1994 drama, Death and the Maiden, with Ben Kingsley.

33. She starred in the 1995 psychological thriller, Copycat, with Holly Hunter and Harry Connick, Jr.

34. She made a cameo appearance in the 1995 gay romantic comedy, Jeffrey.

35. She starred in the 1996 Broadway production of Christopher Durang's play, Sex and Longing.

36. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1997 drama, The Ice Storm.

37. She received her first Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for the 1997 Showtime film, Snow White: A Tale of Terror.

38. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance in the 1999 drama, A Map of the World.

39. She starred in the 1999 film, Galaxy Quest, with Tim Allen and Alan Rickman.

40. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 16, 1999.

41. She played Jennifer Love Hewitt's con artist mother in the 2001 comedy, Heartbreakers.

42. She starred in the 2002 romantic comedy, Tadpole, with John Ritter and Bebe Neuwirth.

43. She and Anthony LaPaglia starred in the 2002 film adaptation of the play, The Guys.

44. In December 2002, she starred Off-Broadway in Neil LaBute's play, The Mercy Seat, with Aaron Eckhart and Liev Schreiber.

45. She starred in the 2004 drama, Imaginary Heroes, with Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams.

46. She played a TV network president in the 2006 film, The TV Set (her real-life father, Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, was president of NBC from 1953-55).

47. She played Truman Capote's society friend Babe Paley in the 2006 drama, Infamous.

48. She was a guest on the British talk show, The Dame Edna Treatment, on March 17, 2007.

49. She appeared in the 2008 comedy, Baby Mama, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

50. She was the voice of the ship's computer in the 2008 Disney/Pixar film, WALL-E.

51. She played Eli's therapist (and a messenger sent from God) in a 2008 episode of the ABC series, Eli Stone.

52. She received an Emmy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her performance in the 2009 Lifetime movie, Prayers for Bobby.

53. She starred in the 2009 epic science fiction film, Avatar (and she will appear in three sequels in 2016-18).

54. She starred in the 2010 comedy, You Again, with Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis and Betty White.

55. She was a guest on The Graham Norton Show on February 11, 2011.

56. She made a guest appearance as a fashion editor in the 2011 HBO comedy pilot, Spring/Fall, starring Téa Leoni and Hope Davis.

57. She appeared in the 2011 comedy, Cedar Rapids, with Ed Helms.

58. She played "The Big Guy" in the 2011 science fiction road comedy, Paul.

59. She appeared in the 2012 satirical horror film, The Cabin in the Woods.

60. She starred in the 2012 American/Spanish action film, The Cold Light of Day, with Henry Cavill and Bruce Willis.

61. She received an Emmy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her performance in the 2012 miniseries, Political Animals.

62. She played vampire queen Ciccerus in the 2012 comedy horror film, Vamps.

63. She played Masha in the 2013 Broadway production of Christopher Durang's Tony Award-winning play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.

64. She will appear in the 2014 biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, with Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton and Aaron Paul.

65. She will appear in the 2015 film, Chappie, with Hugh Jackman.

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