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'Superman' actress Margot Kidder dies in her sleep at 69

'Superman' actress Margot Kidder dies in her sleep at 69

Margot Kidder, the actress who played Lois Lane in the 1978 Superman film and its three sequels, has died.

Kidder's manager Camilla Fluxman Pines said she died peacefully in her sleep.

I assume that since we're sleazy idiots, Kidder wasn't a regular reader, and spent her time Googling her own name.

She hosted "Saturday Night Live", appeared with Christopher Reeve at the Oscars, and had a friendship with a Canadian prime minister. Here, a look back at her life in the spotlight. She was found in a backyard by a homeowner and was taken by the Los Angeles Police Department to Olive View Medical Center in a distressed state, the caps on her teeth having been knocked out during a rape attempt. Her career further came to a halt after she suffered a nervous breakdown in 1996. Sister Annie said Margot lived happily before her death "with her dogs" in the USA west.

She is survived by her daughter, Maggie McGuane.

The Canadian-born actress was also known for her roles in the horror films Black Christmas, The Amityville Horror and later on in her career worked on television shows like The L Word and was even a guest on then The WB's Smallville.

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By openly discussing her experiences with mental illness during a time when people, especially celebrities, didn't touch the subject, Kidder showed that anyone can have those struggles-and that it doesn't make them any less of a human being. That same year, Kidder was working on her autobiography when her computer was infected by a virus causing her to lose all of her files.

Also known for her political activism, she was among a group of environmentalists to be arrested outside the White House in 2011 during a protest against TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline.

The actress was due to take part in a panel discussion on Saturday alongside her Superman cast members Sarah Douglas, Jack O'Halloran, Jeff East and Aaron Smolinski, according to Detroit Free Press. "She was a source of human strength in a film about superhuman strength".

She was unable to work for two years after serious vehicle crash in 1990, and eventually became bankrupt. There also were episodes of freaky behavior, and an auto accident that left her bankrupt and partially paralyzed, People added. Her last marriage was to actor John Heard, which ended in divorce in 1980.

Statford, Ont. -based comic creator Scott Chantler said Kidder's portrayal of Lane transformed the character from a "damsel in distress" awaiting rescue, to a "force of nature" whose brashness made her a crackling counterpart to Superman's nebbish alter-ego, Clark Kent.

"Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill tweeted the following about the actress, "On-screen she was magic".


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