Sigourney Weaver

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Weaver in 2013, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Susan Alexandra Weaver

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 8, 1949

*father – English, some German and Scottish, distant Dutch
*mother – English

Sigourney Weaver is an American actress and producer. Her many roles include the Alien, Ghostbusters, and Avatar films, as well as Eyewitness, The Year of Living Dangerously, Gorillas in the Mist, Working Girl, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, Dave, Death and the Maiden, Copycat, Jeffrey, The Ice Storm, A Map of the World, Galaxy Quest, Heartbreakers, Snow Cake, Infamous, Vantage Point, Baby Mama, WALL-E, You Again, Paul, Exodus: Gods and Kings, A Monster Calls, and The Good House.

She is the daughter of television executive Sylvester Weaver (Sylvester Laflin “Pat” Weaver, Jr.) and actress Elizabeth Inglis (born Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins), also known as Elizabeth Earl. Her father served as President of NBC, and created its Today show. He has been credited with reshaping commercial broadcasting’s format and philosophy in the 1950s. Her uncle, father’s brother, was actor, comedian, and musician Doodles Weaver. She is approximately 5′11″.

Sigourney’s mother was English, and was born in Colchester, Essex, England. Sigourney’s father was American, born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., California, and had mostly English, some German and Scottish, and a smaller amount of Dutch, ancestry. Her paternal four times great-uncle, Matthew Laflin, founded the Laflin & Rand Powder Company.

Sigourney is married to theatre and film director Jim Simpson, with whom she has a daughter.

Sigourney’s patrilineal line can be traced to Clement Weaver, who was born, c. 1592, likely in Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England.

Sigourney’s paternal grandfather was Sylvester Laflin Weaver (the son of Francis Milton “Frank” Weaver and Jane Weaver “Jennie”/Jeannie Laflin). Sylvester was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and was President of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. He was of mostly Colonial American (English) descent, with deep roots in Massachusetts. Sigourney’s great-grandfather Francis was born in Fall River, Bristol, Massachusetts, the son of Charles Benjamin Weaver, whose father, then twelve years-old, and grandfather, both fought in the Revolutionary War; and of Rachael/Rachel M. Read. Sigourney’s great-grandmother Jane was born in Missouri, the daughter of Sylvester Hall Laflin and Anna Weaver Staats.

Sigourney’s paternal grandmother was Nellie Mabel “Amabel”/Anabel/Idabel/Isabel Dixon (the daughter of James Hardin Dixon and Mary Caroline “Callie” Huffer). Amabel was born in Monroe, Jasper County, Iowa, to parents who were born in Lima, Allen, Ohio. James was the son of Samuel Dixon and Mary. Sigourney’s great-grandmother Mary was of German descent, and was the daughter of John D. Huffer and Susan Marie Clippinger.

Sigourney’s maternal grandfather was Alan George Hawkins (the son of Charles Hawkins and Ellen Goulder). Alan was born in Downham Market, Norfolk, England. Charles was the son of Thomas Hawkins and Maria Boby. Ellen was the daughter of Samuel Goulder and Marianne.

Sigourney’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Inglis Hunt (the daughter of Edgar Atlee Hunt and Charlotte Mary Bawtree). Margaret was born in Colchester, Essex, England. Edgar was the son of Josiah Hunt and Barbara Anne Cope. Charlotte was the daughter of John Bawtree and Helen Inglis.

Sources: Genealogies of Sigourney Weaver –

Genealogy of Sigourney Weaver (focusing on her father’s side) –

Genealogies of Sigourney’s paternal great-great-grandparents, Sylvester Hall Laflin and Anna Weaver Staats –

Notation on Sigourney’s Scottish ancestry –

Interview with Sigourney Weaver at The Daily Mail –

10 Responses

  1. passingtime85 says:

    “She is said to be 6’1.”

    I don’t think this is accurate. I know that’s what imdb says, but I still think it’s inaccurate. I’ve seen several articles describe her as shorter. In addition to that during the Mark Twain Prize ceremony for Bill Murray, Sigourney was a presenter and described their first meeting. In that account she recalled how he threw her over his shoulder to carry her, and she said no one picks her up, and that she’s “almost 6 feet tall”.

    I cannot find a clip of that, but there’s a full transcript of the event here:

    The NY times claims she’s actually 5’10”

    Anyway I think the blurb about her height should be altered.

  2. Jason 7 says:

    Was her mother full blooded English?

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