Margot Kidder, original Lois Lane from Christopher Reeve's Superman is no more

Carla Harmon
May 15, 2018

USA actress Margot Kidder, who played reporter Lois Lane in the "Superman" movies, has died at age 69, a statement from the funeral home handling her arrangements said Monday.

The actress died on Sunday in her home in the northern USA state of Montana, according to the Franzen-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory, which did not specify a cause. She campaigned for mental health-related issues and as an activist opposed the United States invasion of Iraq.

Superman, directed by Richard Donner and released in 1978, was a superhero blockbuster two decades before comic book movies became the norm at the top of the box office.

Some of Hollywood's most recognisable faces have paid tribute to Superman actress Margot Kidder, after her death was announced yesterday. She even got vocal about how our modern day Superman movies took another popular actress, Amy Adams, and basically reduced her role as Lois Lane into nothing. I'll miss you #MargoKidder. Reeve died in 2004 after being paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair due to a horse riding accident in 1995.

Kidder's full name was Margaret Ruth "Margot" Kidder and she was born in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories province of Canada, but became a U.S. citizen in 2005.

Despite that setback Kidder continued to act on both the silver and small screens, and occasionally on stage.

"It introduced some elements that are now genre tropes and she's fantastic in it", comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani said on Twitter on Monday. The actor died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Montana, the Guardian reported. They made her what used to be the girlfriend, which kind of ended in the 60s with women's rights.

That struggle became public in 1996 when she was found dazed and filthy in a yard not far from the studio where she once filmed parts of Superman.

"The reality of my life has been grand and wonderful, punctuated by these odd blips and burps of madness", she told People shortly after.

She had a daughter in 1976 with her first husband, novelist Thomas McGuane.

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