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Margot Kidder, Lois Lane in Superman, Has Died at Age 69

Steve Porter / May 14, 2018

Margot Kidder died on Sunday at her home in Livingston, Montana, at age 69. The famous actress was best known for her iconic portrayal of Lois Lane in Superman: The Movie (1978). The cause of death remains unknown.

Kidder was born in Yellowknife, Canada, in 1948 and started her career in low-budget movies and television series. She moved to Hollywood in the 1970s and landed roles in films including Sisters (1973) and Black Christmas (1974). She rose to stardom as Lois Lane in Superman: The Movie, alongside Christopher Reeves as Clark Kent, and a blockbuster performance as Kathy Lutz in The Amityville Horror the next year. She returned for the next three Superman movies. From that point, Kidder was known as Lois Lane.

Kidder’s acting career faltered after a publicized mental health breakdown in 1996. She suffered from manic depression for the rest of her life and, despite her successes, was subject to both hospitalization and homelessness. (This is the sad reality for many people who suffer from mental illness in America.) She would later return to the screen, including an appearance on the TV series Smallville alongside a young Clark Kent (played by Tom Welling).

The iconic actress has now passed the torch to Amy Adams, who stars as Lois Lane in the DCEU. Margot Kidder is survived by her daughter, Maggie McGuane. She will be missed by her family, friends, and fans.