Margot Kidder, best known for her role as Lois Lane alongside Christopher Reeve’s Superman, has died aged 69. The cause of her death is still unknown and Kidder’s family members have not yet spoken out.
The stellar actress is being remembered for her iconic performance as Lois Lane in the late 70’s and early 80’s Superman movies. She was a remarkable Lois, keeping Clark Kent on his toes and matching him in wit and gumption.
Kidder as Lois was witty, sarcastic, loveable and confident. She was there to help Clark out of a few scrapes and had a timeless beauty which resonated with and attracted teenage boys everywhere. They wanted to be with her while girls just wanted to be her.
Lois was played to perfection but once that finished, the actress retreated back in her life and faded out of the big screen. She later appeared on TV in two episodes of Smallville, where she played Bridgette Crosby, assistant to Dr. Virgil Swann, who was also played by Reeve.
RIP Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in four #Superman movies and “Dr. Bridgette Crosby” on #Smallville. We wouldn’t have believed a man could fly without you. #LoisLane https://t.co/CXuNkeZTFQ pic.twitter.com/7LBM1MsIb9
— KryptonSite (@KryptonSite) May 14, 2018
According to a spokesperson at Franzen-Davis Funeral Home, Kidder passed away at home in Livingston, Montana. She didn’t have an easy life, the actress was known to suffer from bipolar disorder and had an unfortunate attack of manic depression in the late 90’s. She disappeared for four days after which she was found in a disoriented and hazy state, wandering in a stranger’s backyard.
This incident happened in Los Angeles. Kidder’s tragic foray into the dangerous city cost her a lot. When she was found, she had lost the caps of her teeth and was traumatized. Apparently, she had suffered a rape attempt and barely escaped with her life.
Kidder’s bipolar disorder forced her to seek treatment. She went to Olive View Medical Center and then was placed in proper psychiatric care. According to her own reports, she didn’t face any mental health issues after her stint at the psychiatric hospital ended. There is no proof that mental health had any role to play in her death.
Kidder is survived by a daughter named Maggie McGuane. The actress was married thrice, first to Thomas McGuane (1975-1977), then to John Head (1979-1980) and lastly to Phillippe De Broca (1983-1984). She remained single in the last days of her life. Her love life was as spotty and impulsive as her professional one, where she seemed to pick roles as if drawing randomly from a deck of cards.
In 2008, she spoke to Advocate and admitted, “I’m not choosy at all. I’m the biggest whore on the block.” She began her career in 1971 where she played conjoined twins in Sisters. She’d also done some small roles in lesser known TV shows such as Janacek and Harry O. However, she hit the jackpot when she tumbled into her role as Lois Lane.
Fans also mourned the death of their beloved Lois Lane as they shared their condolences and wishes to the late actress.
— Amy H. (@hiltyal) May 14, 2018
Sad to hear of the passing of #MargotKidder . Eternally #LoisLane to a generation, Ms. Kidder also did voice work such as portraying Gaia in Captain Planet & the Planeteers and Solitaire in GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords. pic.twitter.com/fYTOu54rwU
— Saturday Morning Cartoons (@millsbw) May 14, 2018
— ⚡️TheFlashVibes⚡️ (@aveiestweets) May 14, 2018
One of the worst things about aging is watching your childhood die before your eyes.
RIP Margot Kidder.
You’ll always be my#LoisLane
— WhatserName™ (@IamEveryDayPpl) May 14, 2018
Her last act with Superman done, she quit acting and chose to live in some secrecy for the rest of her days. She was never hungry for glitz and glamour; her immortal words give it all away. She once said, “Acting’s fun, but life’s more important.”
Rest in Peace, Margot Kidder. You will be sorely missed.