Began using the name Sigourney (after a character mentioned in "The Great Gatsby")
Made early stage appearances in Southbury, CT
After attending Stanford, moved to Israel and lived on a kibbutz
Returned to the U.S. and enrolled at Yale
Appeared with Meryl Streep in the chorus of the Stephen Sondheim adaptation of "The Frogs" performed at Yale
Broadway debut (as understudy) in "The Constant Wife"
Off-Broadway debut in Christopher Durang's "The Nature and Purpose of the Universe"
With Durang, co-wrote and co-starred in "Das Lusitania Songspiel"; produced off-off-Broadway
TV debut as a regular on the NBC soap "Somerset"; appeared alongside Ted Danson and JoBeth Williams
Film acting debut in "Madman" (Israel)
Had bit part as Woody Allen's movie date in "Annie Hall"
Breakthrough film role as franchise protagonist Ellen Ripley in Ridley Scott's sci fi epic "Alien"
Co-starred opposite Mel Gibson in Peter Weir's "The Year of Living Dangerously"
Had female lead of Dana Barrett in the blockbuster comedy "Ghostbusters"
Co-starred in the Broadway production of "Hurlyburly," directed by Mike Nichols; received a Tony nomination
Reprised her role as Ripley in James Cameron's "Aliens"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress
Portrayed a ruthless business woman in "Working Girl"; received one of two Oscar nominations that year for Best Supporting Actress; became the first actor nominated in two categories not to win either
Portrayed gorilla conservationist Dian Fossey in "Gorillas in the Mist"; received one of two Oscar nominations that year for Best Actress; became the first actor nominated in two categories not to win either
Reprised role of Dana Barrett in "Ghostbusters II"
Again reprised Ripley for David Fincher's "Alien 3"; debuted as a producer
First onscreen teaming with Kevin Kline in "Dave"
Formed Goat Cay Productions
Appeared as an agoraphobic psychologist in "Copycat" opposite Holly Hunter
Returned to Broadway as the star of Christopher Durang's "Sex and Longing"
Re-teamed with Kline in Ang Lee's mood piece "The Ice Storm"
TV-movie debut as the wicked stepmother in "Snow White: A Tale of Terror" (original intended for theatrical release but aired on Showtime); earned an Emmy nomination
Played a clone of Ripley in "Alien Resurrection"
Teamed with Julianne Moore for the screen version of the novel "A Map of the World"
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (December 16)
Had featured role in "Company Man"
With Jennifer Love Hewitt, played a mother-daughter con team in "Heartbreakers"
Returned to the NYC stage in "The Guys"; performed off-off-Broadway at the Flea, a company run by her husband
Played Eve, a woman whose 16 year old stepson falls in love with her in "Tadpole"
Starred in the play-turned-motion picture drama "The Guys"
Was the warden in the teen feature "Holes"
Starred in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" with William Hurt and Joaquin Phoenix
Starred with Jeff Daniels in the family drama "Imaginary Heroes"
Played a Manhattan socialite in the Truman Capote biopic "Infamous"
Cast in the network satire "The TV Set," directed by Jake Kasdan and starring David Duchovny
Portrayed an autistic woman opposite Alan Rickman in "Snow Cake"
Cast as a news producer in the ensemble thriller "Vantage Point"
Cast opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in the comedy "Baby Mama"
Played a devout Christian who came to terms with her son's homosexuality after his suicide in the Lifetime movie "Prayers for Bobby"; earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Actress in a TV Movie
Re-teamed with James Cameron for the 3-D science fiction epic film "Avatar"
Co-starred in the romantic comedy "You Again" with Jamie Lee Curtis and Betty White
Appeared in the John Singleton directed action thriller "Abduction"
Cast in the crime drama "Rampart" opposite Woody Harrelson
Made a cameo as The Director in the horror thriller "The Cabin in the Woods"
Starred in the USA Network miniseries "Political Animals" as a former First Lady-turned-Secretary of State
Cast alongside Robert De Niro and Cillian Murphy in thriller "Red Lights"
Co-starred with Bruce Willis and Henry Cavill in action thriller "The Cold Light of Day"