Margot Kidder, actress known for 'Superman' movies, dead at 69

Later in life she admitted to Advocate magazine in 2008: "I'm not choosy at all".

Actress Sarah Douglas, who played villainess Ursa in the first two "Superman" films, paid tribute to her co-star. She was always frank about the quality of the movies she made, calling one of her biggest hits, The Amityville Horror, "a piece of shit". The cause of death is now unknown. Her film "Robber's Roost" was in pre-production, and the final film she worked on was 2017's "The Neighborhood".

Lois Lane, though obviously not the title character, was as important to Superman's success as Christopher Reeves was. One of the most iconic scenes of the early Superman franchise was in Superman II when Kidder and Reeve are on assignment at Niagara Falls.

She appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows beginning in 1968, IMDB.com shows.

"I guess she will always be known for Lois Lane; she will be known for the most popular film she was in".

Margot starred opposite Christopher Reeve in 1978's "Superman", and also in the 3 sequels. She'd go on to call the Salkinds "crooks".

That was followed by roles in Brian De Palma's 1973 thriller Sisters, the 1947 slasher film Black Christmas and the 1974 drama The Great Waldo Pepper before Kidder soared to icon status as Lois Lane in Richard Donner's 1978 superhero classic Superman.

Her career had flagged by the mid-1980s. Her career struggled after the Superman movies ended, and in the late 1990s she had a nervous breakdown and was homeless for a time. She subsequently became an avid spokesperson for people suffering from bipolar disorder, which had plagued her for years.

She spent the last decades of her life living in Montana and engaging in political activism as a liberal Democrat, including protesting US military action in Iraq.

The actress was married three times. After a data-retrieval company failed to restore her lost work, Kidder became manic depressive, convinced that the federal government and her then-husband/novelist Thomas McGuane were plotting to kill her.

Despite that setback, Kidder continued to act on both the silver and small screens, and occasionally on stage.

  • Salvatore Jensen