Her next major nationwide movie was released on May 25, 1979. It was... ALIEN. She had close-ups, medium shots, wide shots, all sorts of shots and she shot to movie stardom thanks to this innovative, influential sci-fi horror thriller that told us "In space no one can hear you scream."
She was basically an extra in one shot in ANNIE HALL. However, in her next film -- a star was born. With an intelligence and skill that enables her to go smoothly from warrior roles like her role as Ellen Ripley to wacky comedies like GALAXY QUEST and GHOSTBUSTERS, she has won our hearts with her range and talent in films and on Broadway.
Sigourney Weaver has three Oscar nominations to her credit. She was a Best Actress Oscar nominee for ALIENS, the 1986 big hit sequel to ALIEN. She was a Best Actress Oscar nominee for the biopic GORILLAS IN THE MIST: THE DIAN FOSSEY STORY and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee for the comedy WORKING GIRL. Weaver made Hollywood history by getting those last two nominations in the same year.
I wonder if her former drama class professor at Yale saw those movies and read about her Oscar nominations? I am glad his cutting remarks did not cause her to take his advice.