Between Alien and Aliens, she was in hyper sleep for 57 years.
She was in hyper sleep again between Aliens and Alien3 for some amount of time.

So how old was she by the finale of Alien3?


recognizer and Xantec raise good points in the comments, I'll try and clarify.

There would be a date on Ripley's birth certificate and a date on her death certificate (at the end of Alien3).

How many years apart were these two dates?

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    I think there are three implicit parts to this question. First, How many years had passed since Ripley's birth? Second, how slowly does a person age in hypersleep, or is their aging completely static? And finally, as a consequence of those factors, how many years had her body aged, between being awake and in hypersleep?
    – recognizer
    Jan 20 '16 at 19:57
  • Are you asking for her objective or subjective age?
    – Xantec
    Jan 20 '16 at 20:20
  • @recognizer It's a bit more simple than that I'm afraid :). I've updated my question.
    – Daft
    Jan 20 '16 at 20:25
  • @recognizer it actually never occurred to me that her physical age could be different to her chronological (?) age. She might have been alive for 200 years but only aged 150? Very interesting!
    – Daft
    Jan 20 '16 at 20:27
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    @Daft Since she does not physically age fifty-seven years between the first two films, she clearly is not aging naturally during that time. The parsimonious assumption is that hypersleep causes humans to either cease aging, or age at a very slow rate (perhaps one-eighth normal, given the change in Weaver's real-world age between Alien and Aliens).
    – recognizer
    Jan 20 '16 at 21:03

There's two questions here, Ripley's objective age (e.g. the difference between her birth-date and the date of the film) and her subjective age (e.g. how old she is taking into account time dilation and hypersleep). I'll address them both.

Objective Age.

This is the easy one. Her DOB is given in a Special Edition DVD feature as January 7th, 2092. We know from the novelisation that Fiorina is only a few days travel from Gateway, which strongly implies that she was only in hypersleep for a few weeks between the ending of Aliens and the start of Alien³. Since we know that Aliens takes place in 2179 (July, 2179 to be precise), that makes Ripley 87 years of age at the ending of Alien³

Subjective age

This one is a toughie because there's a few unknowns. In theory, she's subjectively 32 years of age throughout the events of Alien, Aliens and Alien³ (born 2092, shipped out 2124) but we don't really get much backstory to explain how much time she's spent in hypersleep since birth, nor do we know how much one ages during hypersleep. Certainly she appears to have aged, but that could just be down to stress.

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    I would add that it seems unlikely that the time span between the second movie and the third being similar to between the first two movies given that Bishop's designer was still alive and fairly young looking.
    – Broklynite
    Jan 23 '16 at 15:12
  • Objective age states that she was born in 2092 which would make her 32 throughout the series, Subjective age states that she was born in 2079. Is there a reason for the difference?
    – AlMar89
    Mar 17 '17 at 14:24
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    @AlMar89 - Just a typo which I've then carried into the calculations. Corrected now
    – Valorum
    Mar 17 '17 at 14:44

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