Sigourney Weaver

79th Annual Drama League Awards - Arrivals

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

Ethnicity: English, small amount of Scottish and Dutch

Sigourney Weaver is an American actress and producer. Her many roles include the Alien films, Gorillas in the Mist, and Dave.

She is the daughter of television executive Sylvester Weaver (Sylvester Laflin Weaver, Jr.) and actress Elizabeth Inglis (born Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins). 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.

Sigourney’s mother was English, and was born in Colchester, Essex, England. Sigourney’s father was American, and had mostly English, as well as a smaller amount of Scottish and 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 paternal grandfather was Sylvester Laflin Weaver (the son of Francis Milton/Mitton “Frank” Weaver and Jane Weaver “Jeannie” Laflin). Sylvester was born in Missouri. Francis was the son of Charles Benjamin Weaver and Rachael M. Read. Jane was the daughter of Sylvester Hall Laflin and Anna Weaver Staats.

Sigourney’s paternal grandmother was named Nellie Mabel “Amabel” Dixon. Nellie was likely born in Iowa.

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) –

Genealogy of Sigourney’s father (focusing on his 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 –

7 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Her paternal great-grandmother “Laflin” family run the Laflin & Rand Powder Company

    her 3rd great-grandfather’s brother, of Scots-Irish descent:

  2. Rekta says:

    She just looks Northwestern European.

  3. Capricious says:

    She is amazing!!

    Thought she’d have Italian or Jewish blood in her.

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