The Toughest Female Bald Character EVER – Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in Alien 3

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Bald Badass

Many actresses have shaved their heads for roles in films, whether it be for shock value or because the source material truly demands it. But my favorite bald actress has to be Sigourney Weaver  in Alien 3 — a great sci-fi rarity that features an all bald cast (well, all the human characters, anyway).

Can you believe how cool I look?

Can you believe how cool I look?

Shh, I think he knows they paid you extra to shave your head!

He just found out how much she got paid to shave her head.

Of course, Sigourney Weaver had a Haired advantage in her role, as we’d gotten to know the Ellen Ripley character and her curly moptop in the two prior Alien films.  But when Ripley finds herself stranded on a penal colony planet surrounded by Bald male prisoners who haven’t seen a woman in decades, she doesn’t hesitate to take the clippers to her head.  Freed from the tyranny of hair, Ripley immediately beds the lucky prison doctor, and goes on to lead the colony in a vicious fight against the hair hating Alien.

Yet, here’s a twist in Alien 3 that wasn’t seen in the other films– the Alien is no longer hungry for Ellen Ripley.  Does the Alien only prey upon Haired victims, or that he thinks Ripley’s an Alien too with her new shorn-do?  I’d hate to spoil the fun for you if you haven’t seen the film, but if you’ve seen it you know that director David Fincher took the Alien saga in a dark and shocking new direction.

Why can't I eat you?

Why can't I eat you?

But the real drama came from the publicity surrounding the film when it was released in 1992. Sigourney Weaver’s decision to actually shave her head rather than wear a bald cap was the first time an A-List actress went bald for a role in a film.  In the hair obsessed culture of the early 1990s, it was shocking to see Weaver go bald in real life, despite the fact that actresses like Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc and Persis Khambatta in Star Trek: The Motion Picture went bald for their art before.

High-brow bald.

High-brow bald.

Sci-Fi Bald

Sci-Fi Bald

Of course, the attendant Bald media blitz taught publicity savvy actress Demi Moore that there was a lot of newsprint to be spent on women willing to shave– and thus G.I. Jane came into being, a film that seemed to have been made only as an excuse to see Demi Moore get buff and clipper her head down to a 1 guard.  But she was only a pretender to the bald actress throne– Sigourney was the baldest & the best.

Do I look like a serious actress?

Do I look like a serious actress?

Someone call my agent.

Someone call my agent.

What made Ellen Ripley/Sigourney Weaver so special as a Bald?  For me, it was being able toreally see the hate in her eyes.  Her curly hair in the other two films added to her vulnerabilty, but in Alien 3,Weaver’s shaved head allowed access to her every emotion as it played across her face– the pain, the fear, and most of all the hate.   There are few characters as iconic as Ellen Ripley, and even fewer female characters look as awesome Bald.

If only I was always lit like this.

If only I was always lit like this.

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