Sigourney Weaver stars as Elaine Barrish Hammond in the original USA Network six-part limited series event POLITICAL ANIMALS.
Weaver has captivated audiences with her memorable characters in such feature films as "Copycat," "Death and the Maiden," "Avatar," which received a Golden Globe® for Best Picture and an Academy Award® nomination for Best Picture; "1492," "Ghostbusters II," "One Woman or Two," "Vantage Point," "The Village," "Eyewitness," and "You Again," with her POLITICAL ANIMALS co-star James Wolk. She received three Oscar® nominations for her performances in "Gorillas in the Mist," "Working Girl" and "Aliens;" and won a Golden Globe® award for Best Actress in "Gorillas in the Mist" and Best Supporting Actress in "Working Girl." She has also received Golden Globe® nominations for "A Map of the World," "The Ice Storm" and "Aliens."
In television, Weaver has received Screen Actors Guild® and Emmy® nominations for "Snow White: A Tale of Terror" and "Prayers for Bobby," which was also Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, and for which she received a fourth Golden Globe® nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television.
Weaver also has several theater credits including "The Nature and Purpose of the Universe," "The Merchant of Venice," "Sex and Longing" and "Titanic." She co-wrote "Das Lusitania Sonspiel" with Christopher Durang, which earned them both Drama Desk nominations. She additionally received a Tony nomination for her starring role in "Hurlyburly," which was directed by Mike Nichols.
She has also lent her voice to such animated films as, "Wall-E" and "Tales of Despereaux."
Weaver was born in New York City. She graduated from Stanford University and went on to receive a Masters degree from the Yale School of Drama.