Margot Kidder

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Kidder in June 2013

Margaret Ruth Kidder (October 17, 1948 – May 13, 2018) professionally known as Margot Kidder, was a Canadian-American actress and activist. She was known for her role as Lois Lane in the 1978 movie Superman and the eventual other movies within the movie series, alongside Christopher Reeve.

Kidder also starred in Brian De Palma's cult thriller Sisters (1973); in the slasher movie Black Christmas (1974); and the drama The Great Waldo Pepper (1975). She starred as Kathy Lutz in The Amityville Horror (1979).

Kidder was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. She studied at Havergal College in Toronto. From 1975 to 1978, she was married to Thomas McGuane. From 1979 to 1980, Kidder was married to John Heard, for a total of six days. From 1983 to 1984, Kidder was married to Philippe de Broca. She had one child.

Kidder suffered from paranoia and bipolar disorder which caused her to suffer from mental breakdowns and temporarily retire a few times.[1] In April 1996, Kidder went missing for four days in Los Angeles and was found at a backyard of a house after she was nearly rapped.[2]

Kidder was in a car crash in December 1990, after which she was unable to work for two years, causing her financial problems.[3]

In 1978, Kidder won a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her Lois Lane role. In 2015 Kidder won an Emmy award for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming for her performance in R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.[4]

In 2005, Kidder became a naturalized U.S. citizen. In later years, Kidder became an outspoken political, environmental, and anti-war activist.[5] She endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders for President of the United States in 2016.[6]

Kidder died on May 13, 2018, at her home in Livingston, Montana at the age of 69.[7] On August 8, 2018, it was reported that Kidder's death had been ruled a suicide by drug and alcohol overdose.[8]

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  1. Purse, Marcia (March 22, 2015). "Margot Kidder, actress: From paranoid delusions to orthomolecular medicine". About.com. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  2. Reed, J.D. (September 23, 1996). "Starting Over". People. Retrieved June 17, 2010.
  3. Poole, Oliver (December 9, 2002). "Curse? It's the luck of Superman". The Telegraph. Retrieved December 29, 2014.
  4. Roy, Jessica (April 26, 2015). "The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners: A Roundup". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  5. "Margot Kidder arrested at White House oil protest". CBC News. August 11, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  6. "Billings for Bernie—Dinner with Margot Kidder—Yellowstone Co. Democrats". Facebook. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  7. "Margot Kidder, 'Superman' actress, dead at 69". BBC news. CNN. May 14, 2018.
  8. "Margot Kidder death is ruled a suicide". Chicago Sun-Times. Associated Press. August 8, 2018. Retrieved August 8, 2018.

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