Sigourney Weaver, three-time Academy Award nominee and internationally known star, will be honoree for the third season of the Williamstown (Mass.) Film Festival in late September.
While studying acting at Yale School of Drama, Weaver was a charter member of the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s touring Second Company. After stage work in New York, her first major film – 1979’s “Alien” – catapulted her to fame. She received a first Oscar nomination for “Aliens,” the 1986 sequel. In 1988 she won two Golden Globe Awards and received both best actress and best supporting actress Oscar nominations for Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl. Her screen career has been a striking blend of drama (The Ice Storm, Eyewitness, Death and the Maiden, The Year of Living Dangerously, ), comedy (“Galaxy Quest,” “Dave,” “Jeffrey,” “Ghostbusters”), and sci-fi (the Alien quartet).
On Saturday, September 29, Weaver will talk at a Film Festival lunch seminar, introduce the afternoon screening of one of her favorite films, “A Map of the World,” and be saluted in the evening at a champagne-dessert Gala and colloquy/Q-and-A at the Clark Art Institute. In addition, several of her films will be shown during the preceding week. The Festival has previously honored actor David Strathairn and director John Frankenheimer.
“I’m absolutely delighted,” says Steve Lawson, WFF’s Executive Director, who has known the honoree since 1972. “It’s great to have Sigourney back where she started out… and her eagerness to be part of WFF speaks volumes about how far we’ve come in just three years.”
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