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Per the NY Daily News.

Margot Kidder, who starred as the Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve's Clark Kent in four "Superman" films in the late '70s and '80s, died Sunday at her home in Montana. She was 69.

The actress's cause of death is unknown, and TMZ reports she is survived by one daughter.

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Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder filmed "Superman" at the New York Daily News building in 1977. (Hamburg, Harry)
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Kidder, who reprised her role as Lane in three "Superman" sequels in addition to the 1978 original, was a longtime mental health advocate, as her battle with bipolar disorder played out in the public eye in the late '90s.


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(Harry Hamburg/New York Daily News)

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I think she probably could have received an Oscar nomination for Willie and Phil in 1981 if the Academy had more of an independent spirit back then - or if she had a better publicist.
 

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How can we keep producing classic material when so many of our classic stars are leaving us. Of course I know the answer. Everything evolves. New generations will consider things we detest to be classics. Just lamenting...
 

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She did some TV things I liked. She was in a TV movie called Vanishing Act, where a man reports his wife missing and she shows up claiming to be his missing wife but he denies she is. She also appeared on cable in a filmed theater version of “Bus Stop”, where she played the Marilyn Monroe part.

Here is a clip from Bus Stop.

 

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So sad to hear. I remember when I was a kid she lived in the "ding-dong house" in Snedens Landing/Palisades, NY. My grandfather had a house nearby and my mom ran into her in the post office one day.

I always admired her lack of artifice and down-to-earth honesty about herself and her illness.

As Chris Reeve will always be the definitive Superman to me, she will always be the definitive Lois Lane.
 
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Everyone needs to watch Sisters. Hopefully Criterion will upgrade that to Blu soon.

There have been many Lois Lanes, but none of them could touch Kidder's performance. Despite her later-life challenges, she did more for many worthy causes than most lip-service-paying celebs. Her sister is a public education advocate, and she has the same chutzpah Kidder had in the role.
 

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I think she probably could have received an Oscar nomination for Willie and Phil in 1981 if the Academy had more of an independent spirit back then - or if she had a better publicist.
Whenever there's a notice of death; especially for those who love a particular actor/artist; it always leads to learning more about their other works. Willie and Phil was such the case for me; and I will check it out.

Meanwhile, I suspect there was a history of recent sufferings that Margot Kidder was enduring. It's always a shame when one who brings happiness to an audience does not get to experience those same pleasures within their daily lives.
Peace within the eternal would be warranted for Ms. Kidder; and I hope it to be so.
 
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My favorite Lois Lane, and one of the few I bought as a working reporter when Superman wasn't sweeping her off her feet.

I loved her guest appearances on "Smallville" as well, even though she'd clearly had some tough times in between.
 

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Was just watching Superman yesterday with my 7 year old who had yet to see the whole thing.
 

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