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Margot Kidder, Lois Lane of 'Superman' Films, Dead at 69

By Rolling Stone Staff / Published on Monday, 14 May 2018 10:41 AM / Comments Off on Margot Kidder, Lois Lane of 'Superman' Films, Dead at 69 / 7 views

Margot Kidder, the actress who portrayed Lois Lane in four Superman films, died Sunday at her home in Livingston, Montana at the age of 69.

The Franzen-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory first announced Kidder’s death, which was later confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter by the actress’ representative. No cause of death was provided. 

The Canadian-born Kidder is best known for playing the Daily Planet’s star journalist and Clark Kent’s love interest Lois Lane in the Christopher Reeve-starring film series about the DC Comics superhero.

During the Seventies and Eighties, Kidder’s most prolific decades, the actress starred in films like Brian De Palma’s Sisters, The Amityville Horror, The Great Waldo Pepper with Robert Redford, the slasher classic Black Christmas and, between 1978 and 1987, four Superman films: Superman, Superman II, Superman III and Superman IV: Quest for Peace.

However, the actress’ popularity waned in the Nineties after she suffered a public breakdown; Kidder was later diagnosed with bipolar disease and became an activist for mental health. Kidder remained active in film and television until her death, including guest roles on Law & Order: SVU, The L Word and the Superman-inspired TV series Smallville in a non-Lois Lane role.

Kidder’s last television role, a guest appearance on a 2014 episode of R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, earned the actress a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children’s Programming.

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