Margot Kidder, Lois Lane Actress, Passes Away

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Her pioneering work as a woman in show business and her place in superhero fandom will live on. She will be missed.

Margot Kidder, the actress who portrayed Lois Lane in the Superman movies from 1978-1987, has passed away. The news came from The Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston, MT that she passed away on Sunday. No cause of death was given.

Her onscreen chemistry with Christopher Reeve would be the template for on-screen superhero romance from then on. She characterized her actual relationship with Reeve as that of siblings wherein they could tell each other any and everything. Kidder acted in several other films opposite notable leading men like Richard Pryor, Robert Redford and James Garner but it was her portrayal of Lois Lane that shot her to stardom. In a rare case of a little known actress embodying a little known character (outside of comic fandom), both became household names after the success of the films.

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Born on October 17, 1948, in Yellowknife, Canada, Kidder started her career in TV in the late 1960s, on such shows as McQueen and The Mod Squad. She starred opposite Gene Wilder in the 1970 film Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx before landing a regular role on the 1971-72 NBC drama Nichols starring Jim Garner. Kidder starred in Shoot the Sun Down (1978) with Christopher Walken before playing Kathy Lutz alongside James Brolin and Rod Steiger in the 1979 classic horror flick The Amityville Horror. Kidder also starred in the 1981 road-trip movie Heartaches and co-starred with Richard Pryor in Some Kind of Hero in 1982. She continued to work in the business for 50 years.

After an incident in 1996 where a virus wiped her computer of 3 years of her work, she became a manic depressive. Her mental illness was not made public until an incident involving her disappearance and subsequent survival of an attempted rape.

Her pioneering work as a woman in show business and her place in superhero fandom will live on. She will be missed.

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