Margot Kidder best known for her role as Lois Lane in the original “Superman” films has died. According to her publicist, Kidder died in her sleep while at home in Livingston, Montana. She was 69.
Though no cause of death has been confirmed, the actress had appeared to be battling the flu just days before she passed. In an interview with “The Drew and Mike Show” podcast last week, Kidder called in to talk about her upcoming appearance at Motor City Comic Con - and in it, revealed that she was calling from bed and said she'd been “puking every hour and a half.”
The Canadian-born actress had appeared in several films and TV shows before getting her break in “Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin In The Bronx” alongside Gene Wilder. And while she had a number of roles before and after, it was her run as Lois Lane, in the “Superman” films from 1978 to 1987 that cemented her in pop culture history.
Kidder's life was not without off-screen drama - as she was very open about her struggle with bipolar disorder, which left her homeless for a time. Still, in recent years, Kidder returned to the small screen with roles in “Smallville,” “Brothers & Sisters,” and “The L Word" - and was an activist. She championed mental health care and environmental causes.She even became an American citizen in 2005. Kidder had said she wanted to avoid potential deportation for her participation in protests - and to vote in American elections.Kidder is survived by her daughter, Maggie McGuane, and two grandchildren.
Thank you for being the Lois Lane so many of us grew up with. RIP, Margot Kidder. pic.twitter.com/IhY73TB52P— DC (@DCComics) May 14, 2018
It is a privilege to have shared the same role of Lois Lane with this wonderful actress. She led the way brilliantly. My heart goes out to her family and friends. #MargotKidder #Superman pic.twitter.com/chm0H07POs— Teri Hatcher (@HatchingChange) May 14, 2018