Superman Actress Margot Kidder Dies Aged 69


Margot Kidder, who starred as Kathy Lutz in 1979's "The Amityville Horror" and played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the "Superman" film franchise of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died.

The Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston, Montana said on its website that Kidder died on Sunday at her home in the town.

The cause of her death was also not made public at this time.

Superman was the original blockbuster series, and for generations of viewers Kidder's brash, gutsy attitude really defined the character of Lois Lane; and not unlike Reeves' Superman, Kidder's Lois Lane is the yardstick by which all subsequent takes on the role are measured.

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Kidder had a debilitating auto accident in 1990 that left her in a wheelchair for most of two years and made it hard to work. In 2016, she told Vulturehound she liked all forms of acting, but was the most confident as an actress when working on films.

Kidder would go on to have a larger role in Christopher Reeve and Cannon Films' Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). During her struggle she was briefly homeless in 1996.

She was born in Canada, and became a US citizen in 2005. She married (and divorced) twice more but remained single for the last few decades of her life, most of which she spent living in Montana. She is survived by a daughter who was born in 1976 during her first marriage to Thomas McGuane, as well as two grandchildren.