Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Margot Kidder, 'Superman' Actress, Dies at 69

Margot Kidder Christopher Reeve at the 51st Annual Academy Awards Margot Kidder Christopher Reeve at the 51st Annual Academy Awards
Stacy Diaz | 15 May, 2018, 15:29

The cause of death is unknown at this time, according to a spokesperson at Franzen-Davis funeral home in Livingston.

Margot Kidder, who became famous for playing Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in Superman, has died at her home in Montana.

She also has many other prominent roles in films such as Amityville Horror, Black Christmas, Sisters and Some Kind of Hero, alongside Richard Pryor.

Kidder passed away in her Montana home. "These are hard words to write, so simply - you will be so very missed, my dear Margot", he told SyFy.

Kidder starred in the Superman trilogy released between 1978-1983 as hotshot reporter Lane, who was also the love interest of Clark Kent - played by Christopher Reeve, who died in 2004.

In the post, writer and indie film director Ted Geoghegan revealed Margot had a very unusual request for what she wanted to happen to her body.

She and Reeve captured something that no amount of blockbuster bluster has duplicated in the superhero dramas that followed. "Then we'd play chess or something because we were also really good friends".

Mark Hammil wrote, "On-screen she was magic".

The Reeve Family and Foundation said it was "deeply saddened" by Kidder's death. "RIP Margot Kidder. Thank you for my favourite movie ever". She later used her public profile to raise awareness about the condition and became an advocate for alternative medicine.

She fought through her illness and continued working, however, appearing in small films and television shows and amassing credits until 2017, most notably R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour, which earned her a Daytime Emmy Award as outstanding performer in a kids' series in 2015.

"The reality of my life has been grand and wonderful, punctuated by these odd blips and burps of madness", she told People shortly after. However, it was unquestionably her time as Lois Lane (she was the third actress to portray the character in live action) that propelled her to worldwide fame, and she obtained the role after taking a break from acting following her daughter's birth in 1976.