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Sigourney Weaver is a successful actress and film producer who is best known for her starring roles in the movies Ghostbusters and the Alien trilogy.
One of Sigourney’s many memorable roles was playing renowned primatologist Dian Fossey in the movie Guerillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey. After making this film, Sigourney became a supporter of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and is its honorary chairwoman. The Explorers Club honored her for this work.
As an environmentalist, Sigourney has brought attention to the threat to ocean habitats from industries that use an industrial method of harvesting fish called deep-sea trawling. Her other actions for speaking for the environment include protesting a dam building project in the Brazilian Amazon and speaking out against an off-shore drilling plan months before a massive oil spill incident occurred in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sigourney is the winner of two Golden Globes, one BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Award, has been nominated for an Academy Award three times, and has received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her stage work.
Growing up on New York’s Upper East Side as the daughter of British actress Elizabeth Inglis and NBC president Sylvester (Pat) Weaver, Weaver was never a stranger to the illustrious lifestyle of a New Yorker in the limelight. After attending private schools in Manhattan and Connecticut, Weaver graduated from Stanford University with an English degree in 1971. She spent some time living in Israel on a kibbutz before enrolling at the Yale School of Drama, where she appeared in stage productions with Meryl Streep and befriended playwright Christopher Durang. She would later make her Off-Broadway debut in Durang’s play, The Nature and Purpose of the Universe in 1974.
In the mid-1970s, she appeared on the television soap opera Somerset. Weaver’s major film debut came in 1977, when she appeared as Woody Allen’s movie date in Annie Hall, for a total of six seconds. Just two years later, her career took off with her portrayal of the extraterrestrial-slaying heroine, Ellen Ripley (a role originally slated for a man), in Ridley Scott’s chilling sci-fi thriller, Alien. Weaver brought to the role an intelligence unusual for action films, thus broadening the film’s appeal and making it an instant classic of the genre. She reprised the role of Ripley in 1986 with Aliens, the sequel, for which she earned an Academy Award nomination, and went on to make Alien3 in 1992, and Alien Resurrection in 1997.
With the high salaries she commanded from the popular Alien series as well as her leading roles in the hit Ghostbuster films, opposite Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd, Weaver was free to explore roles in smaller, low-budget productions. She appeared in independent films like Jeffrey and Death and the Maiden, and on the stage in Hurly Burly (1984), and Durang’s Sex and Longing (1996). In 1988, she earned twin Oscar nominations for two very different performances—for her supporting role in the comedy Working Girl, co-starring Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford, and as scientist Diane Fossey in the Fossey biopic Gorillas in the Mist. In the 1993 comedy Dave, Weaver played the first lady to Kevin Kline′s U.S. president/presidential imposter. She again starred with Kline in 1997′s The Ice Storm (directed by Ang Lee) in a memorable performance as a disillusioned, adulterous suburban wife and mother in 1970s Connecticut.
Called ′The Sci-Fi Queen′ on account of her many science fiction and fantasy films, her recent work includes the role of Dr. Grace Augustine in James Cameron′s mega-hit Avatar as well as playing opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in the romantic comedy, You Again. Weaver is also active in environmentalism, narrating for the Discovery presentation Planet Earth and speaking out against harmful fishing methods in front of the United Nations
Sigourney gives a stirring and eloquent acceptance speech at the Rachel Carson Award ceremony by explaining how our environment will be saved from a terrible fate. "The environment is the bottom line. All of our achievements as women—which have been formidable—will mean nothing if life itself is at risk."
In answer to why women are the ones who can save our environment, Sigourney replies, "Because we women are the original conservationists … women instinctively understand that resources are limited. For centuries, we have kept fires going and made the harvest last. We know we can't squander supplies, or food, or fuel if it means there will be none for tomorrow. We understand that we can't leave our children with dirtier air and fewer forests than we inherited."
Stressing the importance of a woman's right to decide whether to have a family, Sigourney says, "It's an extraordinary proposition: empowering women to make critical decisions in their own lives can help solve the biggest environmental and humanitarian challenge of our time. "
Sigourney concludes her acceptance speech with important words of advice from Rachel Carson. "Whenever we are weary from this fight, enraged by business as usual, let us remember Rachel Carson's words: 'Contemplate the beauty of the earth, and then get out and fight like hell to protect it'."
Sigourney Weaver is passionate about the environment and the world of Science Fiction. She is the perfect keynote speaker for women’s events and technology related conferences. Some of her popular speaking topics include: “The Impact of New Technologies from a Celebrity Point of View,” “The Environment” and “An Evening with Sigourney Weaver.” She is also available for endorsements, hosting and personal appearances.
Three times Oscar-nominated Sigourney Weaver is a great keynote speaker and host for tech. companies, women's events or anything environmental or SciFi related. Sigourney speaks on many platforms, but is uniquely able to speak about technology and its impacts from a celebrity point of view. She is also available for personal appearances and endorsements.
Sigourney Weaver has a unique presence and charisma, adding prestige and glamour to any event. She gives a human face and personal perspective to the changing landscape of the film industry.
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