Margot Kidder, best known as Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve’s Superman/Clark Kent in the 1978 Superman: The Movie, passed away at the age of 69. Reports say she was home in Montana, but the cause of death has yet to be reported.
Kidder played Lois Lane in all four original Superman movies and had an active career long after. Her credits continue steadily into 2017.
The Canadian born actress battled with bipolar disorder which caused a manic episode in April of 1996 that made national news. Her issues with mental illness made her a staunch advocate for mental health.
Kidder was also a strong political activist, supporting Democratic presidential nominees since the 80s and as recent as the 2016 election.
Kidder returned to the Superman franchise in 2004 alongside Christopher Reeve in tv’s Smallville, playing Dr. Bridgette Crosby in two episodes. Dr. Bridgette Crosby was the assistant to Reeve’s Dr. Virgil Swann. Kidder’s character replaced Reeve‘s in the Smallville story arc after Reeve’s death.
Kidder also received an Emmy award in 2015 for Outstanding Performer in Children’s Programming for her role as Mrs. Worthington in R. L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.
TMZ reports that Kidder is survived by her daughter, Maggie McGuane. Everyone here at NerdBastard’s sends all our thoughts, prayers and good vibes to Margot Kidder’s friends and family. RIP, Ms. Kidder.