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Álainn or Appallin’: Sigourney Weaver

Ever since she uttered those words in Alien, “Step away from her you bitch”, I have been in love with Sigourney Weaver. As Ripley she was the ultimate in kick ass women. None of this waiting around for the men to rescue you rubbish, nope, she grabbed a gun and took care of matters herself.

Whilst researching, I know its a tough job but someone’s gotta do it, for this article I found out she was born in 1949 which makes her 62. Sixty two! She is back on our screens this time starring as Elaine Barrish, a divorced former First Lady and Governor of Illinois, as well as the current Secretary of State. Many have compared the character of Elaine Barrish to that of Hilary Clinton, whilst Weaver herself commented here

It would be logical to think of the Clintons.

I heard that before I got the script. I forgot it by maybe the second page. The characters, as written, may have been inspired by the particular circumstances of, not only the Clintons, but also the Bushes and the Kennedys and Roosevelts.

But it’s very much about families who have been in the White House and the price they’ve paid for being in the White House and the fact that families who have been in the White House often try to get back in the White House or continue to try and get in the White House, like the Romneys. I think there was something about these political families that [creator] Greg Berlanti was very interested in exploring.

The second episode aired last night and, as per, she owns the screen. Her background? Well, she was born in 1949 in New York and was named Susan Alexandra Weaver. According to imdb

In 1963, she changed her name to “Sigourney”, after the character “Sigourney Howard” in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (her own birth name, Susan, was in honor of her mother’s best friend, explorer Susan Pretzlik).

She was picked on from an early age in schools due to her height, she was 5′ 10″ at 13. She became a semi household name with the role of Ellen Ripley in Alien in 1979. But it was Aliens and the period after that she established herself as a leading lady. Picking up Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Aliens, she went on to star in perhaps her second most famous role as Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey. The same year she stared in Working Girl alongside Melanie Griffith as well as the Ghostbusters films. Most recently seen in the big screen in Avatar, the transition to the small screen wasn’t an automatic choice.

Still, the New York native, who has been nominated for three Oscars, two Emmys and a Tony Award, admits she was not really in the market for a television project at this point in her career. But Political Animals spoke to her, and not just because it offered such a juicy lead role.

“It was about a subject that I feel is important, which is leadership in American politics and particularly female leadership in American politics,” she says.

Random Trivia Fact:In the film Alien: Resurrection (1997) Sigourney actually managed to sink the basketball into the hoop backwards on the first take, even though she wasn’t supposed to or intended to. The shot was almost ruined because Ron Perlman broke character because he was so amazed.

I say 100% Alainn, what do you think?


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  • She sunk that basket – no way! Just when I thought there could be no additional reasons to love her you go and tell me that – Alainn all day long!

    Gooner said:
  • Alainn by far, I’ve been in love with her forever, she’s perfect!

    Sinead said:
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