Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Margot Kidder, Lois Lane in Superman, Dies at 69

Margot Kidder, Lois Lane in Superman, Dies at 69

Margot Kidder, best-known for playing Lois Lane in Richard Donner's landmark 1978 film Superman, has died.

An obituary in Franzen Davis said the actress died on Sunday at her home in Livingston, Mont. Kidder's manager Camilla Fluxman Pines confirmed Monday that the star passed away peacefully in her sleep.

Kidder came to embrace her fandom, becoming a regular on the con circuit. As Syfy Wire's Courtney Enlow put it: "Her work was her passion, her work was her life, her work was her love truer than she could possibly find with Superman".

"I read books", she told The Montana Standard in 2016, "and hung out with friends in the woods or at the hockey rink".

Edgar Wright tweeted a black-and-white picture of Kidder with the caption, "Sad to hear of the passing of Margot Kidder". She was never really allowed to capitalise on her early success, but she'll never be forgotten for taking one of the most famous "girlfriend" roles of them all and making something unique and extraordinary out of it. As a woman who spent a lifetime grappling with Bipolar disorder, and after a computer with three years of drafts of her autobiography crashed, she had an episode... which caused the industry to shut its doors.

Margot Kidder, pictured at the premiere of "Halloween II" on August 24, 2009 in Hollywood, California, died on Sunday.

Margot got to grips with her condition and returned to acting, landing roles in TV shows like "Smallville", "Brothers & Sisters", and "The L Word". Kidder said that her mood swings "could knock over a building", and that it was hard for her to see that there was anything wrong with her actions. She was 69 years old. Kidder was an activist and challenged the Iraq War.

Several months later, she revealed her diagnosis to People.

Kidder was married and divorced three times and was also famously linked to former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. "She was charming and very amusing". Her first film was the Norman Jewison comedy "Gaily, Gaily" in 1969.

Statford, Ont. -based comic creator Scott Chantler said Kidder's portrayal of Lane transformed the character from a "damsel in distress" awaiting rescue, to a "force of nature" whose brashness made her a crackling counterpart to Superman's nebbish alter-ego, Clark Kent. And as long as people watch superhero movies, she'll continue to fly across the silver screen.

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