Actress Margot Kidder, most famous for playing the role of Lois Lane in Superman: The Movie and its three sequels, has passed away at the age of 69, as reported by Variety. The actress went peacefully in her sleep in her Montana home, according to a statement by Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston, Montana.
Born Margaret Ruth Kidder in Yellowknife, Northwestern Territories, Canada, Kidder discovered her love of acting at an early age. Sent to a boarding school in her teens in order to give her a more stable school environment (her father's job required constant moving, resulting in young Margaret attending 11 schools in 12 years), she was soon playing all the staring roles in the school's plays, such as Romeo and Juliet. Upon graduation, Kidder moved to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a movie star.
It was here that Kidder shared a beach-house with fellow actress Jennifer Salt and they befriended aspiring director Brian DePalma, who cast both actresses in the lead roles of his film, Sisters. Before that, Margot Kidder first appeared on-screen in the 1969 film The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar. She also starred opposite Gene Wilder in the romantic comedy Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx and played a major role in the Robert Redford movie The Great Waldo Pepper.
It was her role in Superman: The Movie, however, that transformed Kidder into an international film star and screen legend. Though many prominent actresses of the day sought the role of Lois Lane, Kidder beat out Stockard Channing, Ann Archer and Leslie Ann Warren by virtue of having the best on-screen chemistry with actor Christopher Reeve, who played Superman. Kidder would go on to play Lois Lane opposite Reeve in every Superman sequel that followed.
Kidder's career suffered a setback in the mid-1990s, following a public breakdown. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and sought treatment. She would later bounce back in a big way on television, with a number of reoccurring roles on Boston Common, Brothers and Sisters, The L-Word and Smallville. She also starred in the critically acclaimed 2002 production of The Vagina Monologues on Broadway and won the 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for her performance as Mrs. Worthington in R.L. Stein's The Haunting Hour.
Kidder is survived by one daughter, from her first marriage to screenwriter Thomas McGuane, and two grandchildren.
REST IN PEACE MARGOT KIDDER: OCTOBER 17, 1948 - MAY 13, 2018