Margot Kidder, who found fame as Lois Lane in the 1978 film Superman, died Sunday at her home in Montana, her manager confirmed to CNN.
She was 69 years old.
According to her manager, the actress died peacefully in her sleep.
Kidder starred opposite Christopher Reeve’s Clark Kent and his alter ego Superman in the original film as well as the three sequels: Superman II in 1980, Superman III in 1983 and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace in 1987.
Reeve died in 2004 of complications from an infection, nine years after becoming a quadriplegic following a horse riding accident.
In 2016, Kidder told entertainment website Hey U Guys that her chemistry with Reeve was authentic “because we came from similar backgrounds and he looked like one of my brothers.”
“So the energy we had was one of brother and sister, which was often bickering, that took the place of romantic energy,” she said. “No one noticed the difference one from the other – it worked. We didn’t have to create a different reality.”
Tributes to the actress poured in on social media Monday. These included posts from actresses Teri Hatcher and Erica Durance, who also played Lois Lane in other TV versions of Superman.
It is a privilege to have shared the same role of Lois Lane with this wonderful actress. She led the way brilliantly. My heart goes out to her family and friends. #MargotKidder #Superman pic.twitter.com/chm0H07POs
— Teri Hatcher (@HatchingChange) May 14, 2018
To one kick ass lady. You will be missed. #RIPMargotKidder
— Erica Durance (@ED_DURANCE) May 14, 2018
Born in the Northwest Territories of Canada, Kidder made her professional acting debut on the TV series Wojeck in 1969 and had her first film role in the 1968 Canadian movie The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar.
Hollywood soon beckoned and a move to Los Angeles led to roles on TV shows including McQueen, Mod Squad and Nichols.
But playing scrappy reporter and Superman’s love interest Lois Lane was her breakout role.
Kidder told Hey U Guys she thought the film would be a flop.
“Nothing prepares anyone for that sudden thing of being world famous, it was such a shock,” she said. “It wasn’t something I really liked or something I was very good at. I didn’t realise how good the movie was until I seen it at the premier in Washington.”
She also starred in The Amityville Horror in 1979 and worked steadily in television and on stage.
After three marriages and thousands of dollars in medical bills, Kidder found herself homeless in 1996 as she struggled with bipolar disorder.
Her story grabbed the hearts of fans and Hollywood with many reaching out to help Kidder, who eventually got back on her feet and went on to become a mental health advocate.
Funeral arrangements are pending, according to Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory in Livingston, Montana.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 14, 2018
— Alamo Drafthouse NYC (@AlamoNYC) May 14, 2018
RIP Margot Kidder, the perfect Lois Lane. Being Superman is less cool than landing a sit-down interview with Superman.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) May 14, 2018
Most people remember her as Lois Lane, but the essence of Margot Kidder to me is her salty, mischievous sorority sister in BLACK CHRISTMAS. She brought a little danger with her. pic.twitter.com/Stwur7OETm
— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) May 14, 2018
Rest in peace to Margot Kidder, our unforgettable Lois Lane. pic.twitter.com/zmBbmBVvqN
— Warner Bros. (@WBHomeEnt) May 14, 2018
#MargotKidder was incredible in the Superman movies. The Lois Lane she created had so much strength, humor and vulnerability that she became as much a part of what made the movie work as the wonderful Chris Reeve, Gene Hackman and others. #ripmargotkidder
— Clark Gregg (@clarkgregg) May 14, 2018
Sad to hear of the passing of Margot Kidder. A spark of vivacious life in all of her films. I loved her in cult horrors ‘Sisters’ and ‘Black Christmas’. And of course she remains the best Lois Lane in the magical ‘Superman’ & ‘Superman II’. RIP to a unique screen presence. pic.twitter.com/bQEVv7PSa3
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 14, 2018
Source: Lisa Respers France/CNN-Wire