Mar­got Kid­der, Lois Lane in the Su­per­man fran­chise, dies

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Mar­got Kid­der, the Cana­dian ac­tress who starred as a salty and cyn­i­cal Lois Lane op­po­site Christo­pher Reeve in the Su­per­man film fran­chise of the 1970s and 1980s, has died. She was 69.

Kid­der’s man­ager Camilla Flux­man Pines said she died peace­fully in her sleep on Sun­day. Po­lice in Liv­ingston, Mon­tana, said in a state­ment that of­fi­cers were called to Kid­der’s home, where they found her dead. An au­topsy will be per­formed to de­ter­mine the cause, but no foul play is sus­pected.

Su­per­man, di­rected by Richard Don­ner and re­leased in 1978, was a su­per­hero block­buster two decades be­fore comic book movies be­came the norm at the top of the box of­fice. Mak­ers of to­day’s Marvel and D.C. films cite Su­per­man as an es­sen­tial in­spi­ra­tion.

Kid­der, as ace re­porter Lane, was a salty, sex­u­ally savvy adult who played off of the boy­ish, farm-raised charm of Reeve’s Clark Kent, though her dogged jour­nal­ism con­stantly got her into dan­ger­ous scrapes that re­quired old-fash­ioned res­cues.

Kid­der had many of the movies’ most mem­o­rable lines, in­clud­ing “You’ve got me?! Who’s got you?!” when she first en­coun­tered the cos­tumed hero as she and a he­li­copter plunged from the top of a Metropo­lis build­ing.

Marvel Stu­dios Pres­i­dent Kevin Feige called the mo­ment “the best cin­e­matic su­per­hero save in the his­tory of film” at an Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences event hon­or­ing Don­ner last year.

Su­per­man con­nect

Kid­der and Reeve were rel­a­tive un­knowns when they got their lead­ing parts in the first of the films in 1978, which also in­cluded big names Gene Hack­man and Mar­lon Brando.

Kid­der and Reeve went on to star in three more Su­per­man movies, the fourth and last in 1987.

She said she and Reeve, who was paral­ysed in 1995 by a hors­ing ac­ci­dent, were like brother and sis­ter, both in their af­fec­tion and an­i­mos­ity for each other.

“We quar­reled all the time,” Kid­der said May 9 in an in­ter­view on ra­dio sta­tion WWJ in Detroit, where she had been sched­uled to ap­pear at Mo­tor City Comic Con later this month. “The crew would be em­bar­rassed. They would look away. Then we’d play chess or some­thing be­cause we were also re­ally good friends.”

Both would re­main known al­most en­tirely for their Su­per­man roles and strug­gled to find other ma­jor parts. Reeve died in 2004. Kid­der also had a small part in 1975’s The

Great Waldo Pep­per with Robert Red­ford, and starred as con­joined twins in Brian De Palma’s 1973 Sis­ters, and as the mother of a ter­rorised fam­ily op­po­site James Brolin in 1979’s The Ami­tyville Hor­ror.

Men­tal strug­gle

Mark Hamill was among those tweet­ing trib­utes to Kid­der on Mon­day. “On-screen she was magic,” the Star Wars ac­tor said. “Off-screen she was one of the kind­est, sweet­est, most car­ing woman I’ve ever known.” B-movie buffs say 1974’s

Black Christ­mas, with Kid­der as a soror­ity sis­ter, is a must-watch.

“It in­tro­duced some el­e­ments that are now genre tropes and she’s fan­tas­tic in it,” co­me­dian and ac­tor Ku­mail Nan­jiani said on Twit­ter Mon­day.

Kid­der had a de­bil­i­tat­ing car ac­ci­dent in 1990 that left her badly in debt, con­fined her to a wheel­chair for most of two years and wors­ened the men­tal ill­ness she had strug­gled with for much of her life.

That strug­gle be­came pub­lic in 1996 when she was found dazed and filthy in a yard not far from the stu­dio where she once filmed parts of Su­per­man.

She fought through her ill­ness and con­tin­ued work­ing, how­ever, ap­pear­ing in small films and tele­vi­sion shows and amass­ing cred­its un­til 2017, most no­tably R.L. Stine’s The Haunt­ing Hour, which earned her a Day­time Emmy Award as out­stand­ing per­former in a kids’ se­ries in 2015.

“I don’t act much any­more un­less I’m broke, and then I’ll take a job,” she told the Detroit ra­dio sta­tion with a laugh.

She spent the last decades of her life liv­ing in Mon­tana and en­gag­ing in po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism, in­clud­ing protest­ing the U.S. mil­i­tary ac­tion in Iraq.

Kid­der was born in Yel­lowknife, Canada, and grad­u­ated from a Toronto board­ing school be­fore pur­su­ing act­ing.

She dated then-Prime Min­is­ter Pierre Trudeau in the 1980s, call­ing him the “love of my life, my true love” in her ra­dio in­ter­view last week.

Kid­der was mar­ried and di­vorced three times, in­clud­ing a brief mar­riage to ac­tor John Heard, and is sur­vived by a daugh­ter, Mag­gie McGuane.

Christo­pher Reeve and Mar­got Kid­der starred to­gether in four Su­per­man movies

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