She was the Lois Lane of a generation
Julian Marszalek
10:45 15th May 2018

Margot Kidder, the actress best known for portraying journalist Lois Lane in the 1978 Superman movie, has died at the age of 69. Her passing was confirmed by the Franzen-Davis funeral home.

Born in Canada in 1948, Kidder became an actress in the late 1960s and broke through in 1970 starring alongside Gene Wilder in the comedy Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin In The Bronx. She then went on to star in Brian De Palma’s 1973 horror movie Sisters before appearing opposite Robert Redford in 1975’s The Great Waldo Pepper.

Kidder then broke through to the big time when she was cast as Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane in Richard Donner’s smash-hit 1978 version of Superman. Cast opposite the relatively unknown Christopher Reeve as the eponymous superhero, the film also included an all-star cast that included Marlon Brando, Susannah York and Gene Hackman.

A critical and box office success, the film spawned three sequels in the shape of Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.

She also starred in another cult horror film, The Amityville Horror, the supposedly true story of a house possessed by demons.

Working throughout the 1980s, Margot Kidder then became a vocal critic of the Gulf War and began to get involved in social issues. She opposed fracking by energy companies and became a supporter of the Democratic party. Having relocated to Montana, she became an advocate of Montana Women For, a non-profit organisation that aims to achieve "participation and empowerment of women in our democracy through education and advocacy on critical issues.”

Kidder also suffered with bipolar disorder. In a highly publicised breakdown in 1996, Kidder disappeared for four days.

Kidder married and divorced three times. She is survived by her daughter, Maggie, and two grandchildren.

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