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Sigourney Weaver Felt 'Desperate' to Conceive in Her 40s - She Would Have Loved to Have More Children

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Mar 08, 2022
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Sigourney Weaver is many things, including an actress and a mother. She has one beautiful daughter she is grateful for. However, the actress once felt desperate and wished to have more children. Inside her journey to motherhood.


American Actress Sigourney Weaver has enjoyed a stellar career in the movie industry, spanning over fifty years. The Hollywood icon was launched into fame in 1979 after she appeared in the science fiction classic "Alien."

Weaver's success in the film helped cement her place in the industry. She has undoubtedly accomplished a lot in her career, but there is more to the actress than her fame. 

[Left] Picture of Sigourney Weaver and her daughter Charlotte Simpson; [Right] Picture of actress Sigourney Weaver | Source: Getty Images


She is a family woman and has been married to Jim Simpson for almost four decades. Like his wife, Simpson is no stranger to the spotlight and is deeply rooted in the movie industry.

Born on February 21, 1956, the man is an actor and a director. He is well known for productions such as "Event Horizon," "The Guys," and "Spice World." 

Actress Charlotte Simpson, actress Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson attend the 30th Annual American Cinematheque Awards Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images


Apart from his career, Simpson has excelled in his personal life. He is an amazing husband and shares one daughter, Charlotte, with Weaver.

Severally, the couple has been open about how much their daughter means to them. In 2010, Weaver had an interview with The Guardian, where she revealed that:

"My daughter Charlotte is absolutely the most important thing to me."

Sigourney Weaver at the Oscars on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images



Bringing up their kids and watching them go off to college is usually a bittersweet experience for most parents. In 2008, Weaver faced the same situation when Charlotte turned 18 and was about to leave for college. The actress spoke about her feelings during an interview with ABC News.

Weaver explained that she was dealing with the empty nest syndrome. However, she considered it exciting. Although she anticipated the day, she felt guilty about not spending enough time with her daughter due to work. 

Actress Sigourney Weaver and daughter, Charlotte Simpson, spend time at the Central Park Boat Pond, NYC on July 22, 1995 | Source: Getty Images


The actress mentioned that her family was essential, and leaving her child to make movies almost killed her. Weaver said it was more difficult for her than for her daughter because Charlotte was fine without her mother. Weaver noted:

"She was my only one because I got started late, so I wanted to stay home and have fun with her."

Eventually, the actress turned to therapy to help her overcome the guilt she felt. She was also grateful to Simpson and Charlotte for letting her travel and make movies.

Sigourney Weaver attends the 5th Annual Voice Arts Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on November 18, 2018 in Burbank, California | Source: Getty Images


While Charlotte was in college, Weaver did her best to encourage her daughter's decision to be a costume designer. Even today, she is still close to her daughter and supports her choices.

As of 2019, Charlotte was in the California Institute of Arts, studying for a master's degree in writing and Interactive media. Weaver revealed that she supported and was happy about Charlotte's career choice and her decision not to be in the movie industry. 

Actress Sigourney Weaver attends the 'Gorillas in the Mist' premiere on January 24, 1989 in London, England | Source: Getty Images


While growing up, the Hollywood star's parents always encouraged her to be herself, which was the same spirit she tried to teach to her daughter.

All of Weaver's efforts to raise her daughter the right way paid off. Today, while many see Weaver as a superstar, Charlotte prefers to think of the actress as "just her mother." Weaver once recalled:

"I remember a friend saying to my daughter: 'Don't you know that your mom is a huge feminist icon for all women?' And she said: 'That goes in the little box of things I don't need to know.'"

Sigourney Weaver walks the red carpet during the 13th Rome Film Fest at Auditorium Parco Della Musica | Source : Getty Images



Weaver has dealt with her fair share of struggles, including fertility issues. When the Hollywood star married Simpson, she was 34, and conceiving was very difficult. As years went by, Weaver felt she would never have a chance at motherhood. She explained:

"It's fair to say I was becoming more and more desperate to have a child."

Sigourney Weaver attends 'A Monster Calls' May Fair Hotel Gala screening during the 60th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 6, 2016 in London, England | Source: Getty Images


Thankfully, Weaver got her wish and welcomed Charlotte in her forties through IVF and remained grateful, as getting pregnant at that age without extra help was a difficult feat. But Weaver explained that if she did not get pregnant, she would have sought extra help.

Throughout the process, Weaver had the love and support of her husband. Rather than take a toll on their marriage, the process made the union stronger, and they persevered.

Sigourney Weaver walks the red carpet during the 13th Rome Film Fest at Auditorium Parco Della Musica |Source: Getty Images


Weaver and Simpson are grateful for their daughter, but the former once disclosed that she would have loved to have more kids. The "Alien" star said when she got married, she did not want a child right away. Unfortunately, it took a lot of time when she was finally ready.

After welcoming Charlotte, she hoped for a second child, but it never happened. Nevertheless, Weaver said she had no regrets. At some point, she thought to herself, "Why aren't I enjoying the child I have?"

Sigourney Weaver attends a special screening of "The Counselor" at Odeon West End | Source: Getty Images



Weaver and Charlotte share a powerful mother-daughter bond. The pair spend quality time together and often attend different occasions. They were once invited to a charity event, where Charlotte donned a fitted green dress with a mermaid tail. 

The mom-of-one said it was her daughter's first formal event, and she was glad to see Charlotte having the "Cinderella moment." Other times, Weaver and her daughter go for casual outings, like visiting the beach. 

Sigourney Weaver, Charlotte Simpson and Jim Simpson attend THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN 2009 Conservatory Ball at The New York Botanical Garden on June 4, 2009 in New York City | Source: Getty Images


Last year, the pair took some time off to visit a beach in Malibu and shared some pictures on the internet. Charlotte was clad in a red one-piece that showcased her slender physique.

On the other hand, Weaver wore a black tank top paired with blue pants. They appeared to be having fun as they posed inside the water body, sharing a striking resemblance.

Sigourney Weaver with husband Jim Simpson and daughter Charlotte Simpson during the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Berlinale Palace on February 20, 2020 in Berlin, Germany | Source: Getty Images

Undoubtedly, Weaver and Charlotte are blessed to have each other. Hopefully, their bond will stay intact as long as they both breathe.