Margot Kidder, Superman’s Lois Lane, dies aged 69

Canadian-born actor, who secured screen stardom via blockbusting comic book adaptation, experienced long-term mental health issues

Margot Kidder, whose best known role was as reporter Lois Lane in the 1978 Superman movie has died aged 69. The Franzen Davies funeral home in Montana confirmed her death on Sunday.

Kidder was born in Canada in 1948, and violated into cinema are active in the late 60 s. Her first significant role was in the Gene Wilder comedy Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx in 1970. Brian DePalma cast her as conjoined twins in the cult horror Sisters( 1973) before she graduated to a major Hollywood production opposite Robert Redford in The Great Waldo Pepper in 1975.

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Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Marc McClure in Superman( 1978 ). Photograph: Allstar/ Warner Bros.

After she was cast as Lane by director Richard Donner opposite newcomer Christopher Reeve in the long-gestating Superman adaptation, in what was then deemed to be a groundbreaking therapy of a comic book material, Superman became a massive reach and its studio Warner Bros’ biggest earner at that point. She would appear in three sequels: 1980′ s Superman II( filmed at the same hour, though with Donner replaced by Richard Lester ), Superman III( 1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace( 1987)- though her roles in the latter two were little more than cameos.

After the success of the first Superman movie, Kidder gained the lead role in another cult classic, The Amityville Horror, supposedly based on the real-life paranormal experiences of the Lutz family and their possessed house.

Kidder ran steadily through the 1980 s, though issues with bipolar disorder resulted in a tumultuous personal life and a highly publicised breakdown in 1996 in which she disappeared for four days. She subsequently turned to social and political activism, becoming an organiser for the Progressive Democrats of America and writing numerous articles for left-leaning publications.

Kidder was married three times: to novelist Thomas McGuane( with whom she had a daughter, Maggie ), actor John Heard( for six days) and film director Philippe de Broca.

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