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|February 20, 2019|
Margot Kidder, 'Superman' Actress, Dies at 69
HOLLYWOOD - Hollywood stars have taken to social media to pay tribute to Margot Kidder, the film and television actress best known for playing Lois Lane in 1978’s Superman. She died at the age of 69 on Sunday, according to the Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston, Montana.
In addition to her starring role in Superman, she also starred alongside Robert Redford in The Great Waldo Pepper and Richard Pryor in Some Kind of Hero.
A number of stars took to social media to pay tribute to the late actress. Kumail Nanjiani reflected on her film Black Christmas, while Mark Hamill wrote, "she was one of the kindest, sweetest, most caring woman I've ever known."
Marc McClure, who played Jimmy Olson in theSuperman films, paid tribute to Kidder in a statement: "Margie was one of the strongest women I’ve ever known. She and Christopher Reeve were polar opposites. He was a Julliard-trained actor. She was a cowgirl. She came from a farm. It was like city meets country. But she spoke her mind. She was so tough. She stood up for people. She protected me on the set — I was just a kid at the time. And she stood up for Richard Donner, too, when he got fired after the first Superman, right before we finished shooting Superman 2. You barely see her in Superman 3 — Lois Lane gets a bikini and goes on vacation in that movie because Margie was so upset about what happened to Richard. But we were all like a family. All of us who’ve survived, we stayed in touch. Forty years later, Margie and I were still friends. That doesn’t happen very often in this business."
Richard Donner, who was Kidder's director and producer on Superman, said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter "Margot’s passing is a very painful loss.”
But, Margot Kidder wasn’t the first Lois Lane. In the television series, Phyllis Coates played Lois Lane in the first season, with Noel Neill stepping into the role in the second (1953) and later seasons.
Story Date: May 19, 2018