Sigourney Weaver

Posted on October 10th, 2012, by iMinerva

SigourneyWeaver

October 8, 1949

Happy Belated 63rd Birthday to Sigourney Weaver.

She never stops working.  With a Masters of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama, to her award-winning role as Ellen Ripley in the Alien film series, to Ghostbusters, to Gorillas in The Mist (for which she won a Golden Globe), to my personal favorite, Avatar, to her current role as Secretary of State Elaine Barrish on USA Network’s Political Animals, Sigourney Weaver continues to entertain as a star of stage, movie and television. 

She completed four films in 2012 and currently has two movies in pre-production for 2013.  Best news is that she’ll come back to life for Avatar 2 in 2015. 

More than just a pretty face and superb actress, Weaver is a thoughtful and respected environmentalist.  She is the honorary chairwoman of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, an active supporter of Trickle Up, an organization supporting women and the disabled in extreme poverty, and has appeared before the United Nations General Assembly testifying on the threat of deep-sea trawling to ocean habitats.  In 2011, Weaver received the Rachel Carson Award for her environmental activism.

For more on this strong and accomplished woman, read the Huffington Post piece on Weaver’s “evolution from Alien to Political Animal.”  There’s also a link to her interview with the New York Post on the “importance of having more women in power in Washington.”  “‘Women speak right out.  From the heart, not a prompter. We’re not in this for ego or power. We can work together. Ask questions nobody asks. Roll up our sleeves, don’t intimidate, get things done in a different way. I know. I’m a mother.'”

Happy Birthday, Ms. Weaver.  And, thanks for being a champion of smart, talented, and influential women.

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