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‘Ripley’ is ‘First Lady of Sci-Fi’

By Jessica Schneider Jun 2, 2009, 22:08 GMT

‘Ripley’ is ‘First Lady of Sci-Fi’

12/05/2008 - Sigourney Weaver - Women in Entertainment Power 100 Breakfast Sponsored by the Hollywood Reporter - Arrivals - Beverly Hills Hotel - Beverly Hills, CA. USA © Albert L. Ortega / PR Photos

According to Total Sci-Fi, Sigourney Weaver, who starred in Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection under her character name Ellen Ripley, has earned first place in the list of “25 Women Who Shook Sci-Fi.” Go Ripley!

The website states:

“Ripley, the sole survivor of the Nostromo’s encounter with the acid-blooded menace, isn’t just one of the most iconic female characters of the genre, she’s one of the most iconic characters in cinema history. An appealing combination of toughness, self-reliance, vulnerability and sexiness, Ripley is far from a conventional damsel in distress. New layers were added to the character in Aliens, which saw Ripley proving to be tougher and smarter than a unit of marines, yet still finding time to form a motherly bond with Newt. The two subsequent sequels added even more dimensions, leading to one of the most critically analysed characters in the history of cinema. Interestingly, the character was originally written as a male role, but 20th Century Fox executive Alan Ladd, Jr suggested they change Ripley to become female to make the protagonist stand out in a male- dominated genre.”

Final list - The 25 Women Who Shook Sci-Fi:
 
1) ELLEN RIPLEY (Sigourney Weaver, Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien
Resurrection)
 
2) BUFFY SUMMERS (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
 
3) STARBUCK (Katee Sackhoff, Battlestar Galactica)
 
4) DANA SCULLY (Gillian Anderson, The X-Files)
 
5) SARAH CONNOR (Linda Hamilton, Terminator, T2)
 
6) PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA (Carrie Fisher, Star Wars)
 
7) ROSE TYLER (Billie Piper, Doctor Who)
 
8) SAM CARTER (Amanda Tapping, Stargate SG-1)
 
9) NYOTA UHURA (Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek)
 
10) LEELOO (Milla Jovovich, The Fifth Element)
 
11) CLAIRE BENNET (Hayden Panettiere, Heroes)
 
12) STORM (Halle Berry, X-Men)
 
13) PRIS (Daryl Hannah, Blade Runner)
 
14) CATWOMAN (Michelle Pfeiffer, Batman Returns)
 
15) BARBARELLA (Jane Fonda, Barbarella)
 
16) SARAH-JANE SMITH (Elisabeth Sladen, The Sarah-Jane Adventures / Doctor
Who)
 
17) MIKAELA BANES (Megan Fox, Transformers)
 
18) SUSAN IVANOVA (Claudia Christian, Babylon 5)
 
19) NUMBER SIX (Tricia Helfer, Battlestar Galactica)
 
20) KATHRYN JANEWAY (Kate Mulgrew, Star Trek: Voyager)
 
21) WILLOW ROSENBERG (Alyson Hannigan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
 
22) WONDER WOMAN (Lynda Carter, Wonder Woman)
 
23) XENA (Lucy Lawless, Xena: Warrior Princess)
 
24) SYDNEY BRISTOW (Jennifer Garner, Alias)
 
25) MARINA (Stingray)

If you’d like to read individually more about these characters, visit http://totalscifionline.com/features/3566-the-25-women-who-shook-sci-fi



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