Sigourney Weaver is 65 today. It’s good that she’s been in so many fun movies, because she will be forced into retirement now. It’s kind of sad, because she clearly had a few good years left. But hey, the Screen Actors’ Guild has its rules and there is nothing that can be done. At least I think that’s how it works. People point to William Hickey and say, “He worked way past the age of 65!” But this isn’t true. First, Hickey was only 69 when he died (true) and the last movies he was in were actually just puppets that looked like him (not true, but the world would be so much more cool if it were).
One thing I’ve noticed before is that old actors who we think are really great like Alec Guinness and Laurence Olivier were really good looking when they were young. Yes, they were great actors. But that’s not why they were famous. They were famous because they were pretty. The same thing goes with Sigourney Weaver: she was and still is very attractive. I’m not even that sexual a person, but what I remember about the end of of Alien is not all the action and the creature getting jettisoned out into space. I remember the barely existent panties that Ripley wore.
There are lots of Sigourney Weaver films that I really like. I’m especially fond Alien: Resurrection, and really all the Alien films, but with the usual caveats about the third one. But here’s one of my other favorites, Galaxy Quest:
Happy birthday Sigourney Weaver!