Actress Margot Kidder, who flew in the arms of Christopher Reeve’s Superman as Lois Lane in the “Superman” feature films of the 1970s and 1980s, has died.
The New York Times reports that Kidder died Sunday at her home in Livingston, Mont. She was 69.
Her cause of death was not announced.
“Ms. Kidder was one of the busier movie actress of the 1970s and ’80s, appearing in films with Robert Redford and Richard Pryor as well as opposite Christopher Reeve in all four films in the original ‘Superman’ franchise,” The Times reports. “Her career came to a temporary halt in 1996 when she suffered a highly publicized mental breakdown. But she had continued to act on television, in film and occasionally onstage.”
Kidder won a Daytime Emmy in 2015 as Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series for her performance as Mrs. Worthington in “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.”
Her performance in the franchise-launching “Superman” in 1978 earned Kidder the Saturn Award for Best Actress from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
Early in her career, the Canadian-born actress played twins in Brian De Palma’s 1973 cult thriller “Sisters” and appeared opposite Robert Redford in “The Great Waldo Pepper” in 1975. On the heels of “Superman” she starred in “The Amityville Horror” in 1979.
She continued to work both in television and on the big screen throughout her life, including a recurring role as Cookie de Varen on “Boston Common” in 1996-1997. More recently she did guest spots on “Law & Order: SVU,” “Smallville,” “The L Word,” “Brothers & Sisters” and other shows.
Here’s a clip featuring Kidder’s Lois Lane and Reeve’s Superman from 1978 …