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Born: October 8, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Weaver's father, who is something of a Roman history buff, reportedly wanted to name her Flavia, but her mother insisted on Susan.

In 1998, Weaver was named Woman of the Year by the Harvard Hasty Pudding Club.

"Being tall has its advantages. For me, it's a litmus test: if I enter a room and an actor stands up and then immediately gets self-conscious and sits back down, I hear myself saying, nope, this job isn't for me."---Sigourney Weaver quoted in Us, March 1995.

"I think when I see an actress performing in a film and it seems to be directed specifically at men then that strikes me as less inspiring than women who are acting for themselves or even for other women. That's why I admire great Europeans like Garbo and Dietrich who seem to combine their intelligence with their bodily allure so well, and not feel a problem, seem almost immune to the effect they're having."---Sigourney Weaver, quoted in "The Great Movie Stars". Vol. 3, by David Shipman.

"I prefer not have any image, or any one image. It's because I come from the theater originally. My dream, when I was a young actor, was to be in a repertory company, where you could play the maid in one piece and then play the leading lady in another, and go from comedy to drama and really hop all over the place. And I actually realized a long time ago that you can't expect anything to happen; you can't expect anyone else to know what you want, where you want to go next. So I guess what I'm always doing is trying to create this mini-rep company in my head."---Weaver to The New York Times, December 7, 1997.

"Sigourney is the one person who's shown us that you can do it all."---co-star Winona Ryder quoted by The New York Times, December 7, 1997.

"Comedy is the one thing I'm really good at. I don't know why I've had such a serious career. I've had the most serious career."---Sigourney Weaver to USA Today, November 26, 1997.

"It was never important to me to display my sexuality. I didn't feel I had to prove I was a babe to anyone. I always took parts based on the story and director, and very rarely on what the character was. [The roles] I get offered [are] isolated women... It's easier for them to see me as a woman on my own. I can have a token love story, but in the end, I'm gonna be this strong woman. Maybe it's harder for them to see me in a couples situation."---Weaver quoted in Daily News, November 23, 1997.

"Here's my theory, producers are short. I'm not the average producer's sexual fantasy. I am tall. When I come into a room wearing platforms, they go, 'She's not my type of woman,' because what they're looking for is the petite blonde who looks up to them. With me, directors either sit up in the middle of the night and go, Sigourney Weaver! or they don't... "---Weaver quoted to Stephen Rebello of Movieline, September 1997.

"I've just always been drawn to Off-Broadway. Maybe because that's where I worked most of the time when I first came to the city and worked with so many beginning playwrights. I have always been so grateful to have had three or four years Off-Broadway before I had to go and do anything that was more conventional because I feel like Off- and Off-Off-Broadway are where the really interesting stuff starts to bubble up. Also, I feel like the Off-Broadway audiences are very smart, very engaged, very sophisticated."---Weaver quoted to PLAYBILL, March 31, 2004.

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