A MONSTER CALLS
SIGOURNEY WEAVER (Grandma)
Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Sigourney Weaver
has created a host of memorable characters, both dramatic and comedic,
captivating audiences and winning acclaim as one of the most esteemed actresses
of both stage and screen.
Her first feature starring role was in Ridley Scott's blockbuster Alien. She
would reprise her iconic role of Warrant Officer Ripley in James Cameron's
Aliens, earning Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best
Actress. She later played Ripley in David Fincher's Alien3 and Jean-Pierre
Jeunet's Alien: Resurrection, both of which she co-produced.
In 1989, Ms. Weaver received an Academy Award nomination, and won the Golden
Globe Award, for Best Actress for her performance in Michael Apted's Gorillas in
the Mist, as pioneering scientist Dian Fossey, That same year, she also received
Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for her performance in Mike
Nichols' Working Girl.
In 1998, she won a BAFTA Award and was a Golden Globe Award nominee for her
performance in Ang Lee's The Ice Storm.
In 2000, she was again Golden Globe
Award-nominated, for A Map of the World, directed by Scott Elliott and based on
Jane Hamilton's novel.
Ms. Weaver's many other films include Ivan Reitman's Dave, and the smash
Ghostbusters and its sequel; Roman Polanski's Death and the Maiden; Jon Amiel's
Copycat; Peter Yates' Eyewitness; 1492: Conquest of Paradise and Exodus: Gods
and Kings, both reteaming her with Ridley Scott; Douglas McGrath's Infamous; in
voiceover, Andrew Stanton's Academy Award-winning WALLE; and Dean Parisot's fan
favorite Galaxy Quest. She reunited with James Cameron for the groundbreaking
Avatar, which went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, and will
begin production on Avatar 2 in 2017.
In television, she was both Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG)-nominated
for Showtime's Snow White: A Tale of Terror, directed by Michael Cohn. She was
twice more an Emmy and SAG nominee, for her performance as real-life activist
Mary Griffith in the telefilm Prayers for Bobby, directed by Russell Mulcahy,
and for the miniseries Political Animals.
Among her many stage performances, she received a Tony Award nomination for her
work in David Rabe's play hurlyburly on Broadway, directed by Mike Nichols. She
starred as Portia in the Classic Stage Company of New York's production of The
Merchant of Venice; and then returned to Broadway in the Lincoln Center
productions of Christopher Durang's Sex and Longing and Vanya and Sonia and
Masha and Spike, which won the Tony Award for Best Play. Ms. Weaver began her
stage career off-off-Broadway in Mr. Durang's The Nature and Purpose of the
Universe, Titanic, and Das Lusitania Songspiel, which she co-wrote and for which
they were both Drama Desk Award nominees. She originated roles in A.R. Gurney's
plays Crazy Mary at Playwrights Horizons, and Mrs. Farnsworth at the Flea
She also starred in the premiere of Neil LaBute's 9/11-themed The Mercy
Seat, opposite Liev Schreiber; and originated the female lead in Anne Nelson's
The Guys at the Flea, commissioned and directed by Jim Simpson. The Guys tells
the story of a fire captain after 9/11; Ms. Nelson adapted her play into a
screenplay, with Mr. Simpson directing and Ms. Weaver starring in the Focus
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