London, July 20 : Sigourney Weaver has opened up her relationship with her mother, admitting for the first time that it was a rather 'difficult' one.
The 'Working Girl' actress revealed that as a child she used to crave for cuddles and comfort from her English mum, Elizabeth Inglis, but their relationship was quite frosty, lacking affection and distant.
It was only when her mother was nearing her end that some kind of a bond was forged.
The star, who struck stardom with Aliens movies, recalled in an interview that once at the age of nine she asked her mum if she thought she was pretty and her mom gave her a cold reply, reports The Mirror.
"No dear, you're just plain," her mom said.
However, the actress said that in the last years of her mum's life, the duo forged a special bond and they had found peace by the time Elizabeth died, 11 months ago, due to natural causes.
"I was with her when she died, she'd had a tough couple of years. She was 94 and, luckily, I had been able to spend quite a bit of time with her. She had a very peaceful end, I was holding her hand," said Sigourney.
She added: "I just get the sense that she is quite content, that her energy is busy somewhere and it has been set free. It was her birthday yesterday, so I went to the Hampton Court Flower Show. It was lovely and a nice way to spend her birthday, even in the mud. She had really lived her life. I miss her but I feel she is still with me."
The 58-year-old star disclosed that her mom taught her children not to show emotion early on in life.
"We had a difficult relationship. My mother was a difficult person to know. She was very, very private. There were lots of mother-daughtery things that we never got a chance to do," said Sigourney.
Now herself a mother of an 18-year-old daughter, Charlotte, with her husband Jim Simpson, Sigourney said: "Sometimes it helps to become a mother yourself. I think she made wise decisions for us.
"But she wasn't the cuddliest mummy in the world. She had a formality to her which perhaps was her upbringing, and you had to get through that. I admire her, and all these things about her, but we didn't really become close friends until towards the end."