SigourneyWeaver.net - a site dedicated to Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver - Biography

Sigourney Weaver, also known as Susan Alexandra Weaver, was born in Manhattan, New York City on October 8, 1949. Her father Sylvester (Pat) L. Weaver Jr. was a TV producer and was the president of NBC between 1953 and 1955. Sigourney’s mother Elizabeth Inglis, was born in England (Essex), and used to be an actress up until she married Sylvester Weaver in 1942. They have two children together, Sigourney (Susan) Weaver and Trajan Weaver. Both parents have passed on, Sylvester March 15, 2002 and Elizabeth 25 August 2007.

Sigourney Weaver with her mother Elizabeth Inglis and father Sylvester Weaver on the set of Alien

Weaver changed her name from Susan to Sigourney after the character "Sigourney Howard" in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel ‘The Great Gatsby’. She enjoyed a comfortable childhood. She was raised by many nannies and maids, and by 1959 her family had resided in 30 different households! She started attending the Ethel Walker School, which was a girls’ preparatory school located in Connecticut. In 1961, she joined the Chapin School and the Brearley School. Since she was taller than most children in the school, she was often picked at and mocked.

Sigourney Weaver when she was a teenager

When she turned 18, she visited Israel and volunteered on a kibbutz for several months. Weaver then proceeded to attend Sarah Lawrence College. In 1972, she graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English. She further pursued her education and completed her master’s degree in Fine Arts from Yale University School of Drama in 1974. During this period, she appeared in chorus in the musical version of ‘The Frogs’, and as a mob member of Roman soldiers with Meryl Streep in another production.

Sigourney Weaver married Jim Simpson on October 1, 1984 and have one daughter together, Charlotte Simpson, who was born on April 13, 1990. Jim Simpson, also known as James A. Simpson, was born on February 21, 1956 in Hawaii. He works an American theater and film director and founder of The Flea Theater in New York City.

Sigourney Weaver with husband Jim Simpson and their daughter Charlotte Simpson

After starring in Gorillas in the Mist in 1988, she became a supporter of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and is now its honorary chairwoman. She was also honored by the Explorers Club for her environmental work and is an environmentalist.

Quick Facts

Also Known As: Susan Alexandra Weaver
Famous As: Actress
Nationality: American
Birthday: October 8, 1949
Age: 68 Years
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 1.82 M
Born In: New York City
Father: Sylvester Weaver
Mother: Elizabeth Inglis
Spouse: Jim Simpson (M. 1984)
City, States, Provinces & Districts: New Yorkers

Top of page