Margot Kidder, The Definitive Lois Lane, Dies at 69

Actress Margot Kidder, who famously portrayed Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane in 1978’s Superman: The Movie and its three sequels, passed away this past Sunday at her home in Montana. Although the 69-year-old actress was best known for portraying the Man of Steel’s colleague and love interest, she also was beloved for starring in perhaps the first slasher film ever, 1974’s Black Christmas, and later the horror sensation,  The Amityville Horror, in 1979.

Apart from her big genre roles, the Canadian-born Kidder starred in dozens of films in the ’70s and ’80s including Sisters, and opposite A-list leading men including  Robert Redford in The Great Waldo Pepper and Richard Pryor in Some Kind of Hero. Along with many other alumni from different Superman projects, Kidder also made a guest appearance on Smallville in 2004. She was also a guest star on shows like Brothers & Sisters, and The L Word in the 2000s. Kidder was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and in her later years became a public advocate for people struggling with this condition. She also became a political activist in the last several years.

But for an entire generation, Margot Kidder is the Lois Lane. She embodied the ’70s career woman who put up with no guff from anyone, yet turned lovesick whenever Christopher Reeve’s Superman appeared. And we couldn’t blame her, because who wouldn’t turn to mush at the site of Reeve as Superman? She played that mix of brilliant reporter and tough cookie with a soft spot for the ultimate hero perfectly, and it’s why Margot Kidder beat out dozens of other famous actresses who tried out for the role.

Upon news of her passing, thousands of fans, as well as friends and colleagues of Kidder, took to social media to post their remembrances of the beloved actress-turned-activist.

Do you have any fond memories of Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, or from any of her other performances? If you do, be sure to let us know down below in the comments.

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