In its latest issue, on newsstands now, Closer Weekly talks to Sigourney Weaver about how proud she is to be a woman in the film industry today and how she is still inspiring others.
“To me, women are so incredibly strong,” she tells Closer. “We don’t sit around! We’re practical and get things done.”
Sigourney in 1984's Ghostbusters. (Photo Credit: R/R)
It’s been 30 years since her butt-kicking role in Aliens — which changed the image of women in films forever — and Sigourney is still showing off her strength. “At the time, it was unusual to see a woman in the lead role” in a science fiction action adventure movie, NPR contributor and film critic Chris Klimek tells Closer.
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In the years since, she’s played a string of tough women in films like The Year of Living Dangerously and Ghostbusters and earned an Oscar nomination for her turn as passionate environmentalist Dian Fossey in 1988’s Gorillas in the Mist.
Sigourney and her husband, Jim, in March 2010. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Women are often told that they can’t have it all — a great, long-lasting marriage, happy children and a high-flying career. Today, Sigourney, 66, has these things and more. She met her husband, Jim Simpson, in 1983 when she was in a play at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. “I asked him out to dinner, and three months later we decided to get married,” she says.
Women “are so capable,” Sigourney tells Closer, “and, in many ways, we’re stronger and more capable than men.”
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