By Karen Malone Wright
When a serpentine creature first exploded out of an astronaut’s abdomen in Alien, the year was 1979 and I was sitting in a movie theater in Washington, DC screaming. That scene is famous now, and it helped to earn the movie an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. The big news was the female lead — daring stuff for outer space in 1979. Ellen Ripley, the protagonist perfectly played by Sigourney Weaver, continues to be analyzed for her relevance to science fiction, film, feminism and faith.
Ms. Weaver went on to become a sort of sci-fi demi-queen, starring in three Alien sequels, Ghostbusters, Avatar, The Village, and my personal favorite (I bought it), Galaxy Quest. I have loved myself some Sigourney!
I say all this to make it clear, and believable, that I sat at my desk with my mouth agape this week after clicking on this headline and tease, presented to me by Google Alerts:
“Sigourney Weaver ‘feels sorry’ for Katherine (sic) Hepburn”
“Sigourney Weaver ”feels sorry” for actresses who don’t have children.”
Silly me. I thought there must be some mistake.