Margot Kidder — 'Superman' star and Montana resident — dies at 69 | Montana News |


Kidder was born in Yellowknife, Canada, and graduated from a Toronto boarding school before pursuing acting.

"I don't act much anymore unless I'm broke, and then I'll take a job," she told the Detroit radio station with a laugh.

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"We quarreled all the time," Kidder said May 9 in an interview on radio station WWJ in Detroit, where she had been scheduled to appear at Motor City Comic Con later this month. "The crew would be embarrassed. They would look away. Then we'd play chess or something because we were also really good friends."

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She fought through her illness and continued working, however, appearing in small films and television shows and amassing credits until 2017, most notably "R.L. Stine's the Haunting Hour," which earned her a Daytime Emmy Award as outstanding performer in a kids' series in 2015.

Clark Kent, aka Superman portrayed by Christopher Reeve, raises his hand as he and Lois Lane, portrayed by Margot Kidder, left, are mugged by an armed man in an alleyway in the Lower East Side during a scene from "Superman" filmed in New York City, Friday, July 8, 1977. (AP Photo)

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Kidder died Sunday at her home in Livingston, according to a notice on the website of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home. She was 69.

Livingston Ambulance and the Livingston Police Department received a call about an unresponsive woman on Sunday, according to a press release from the police department. The woman was deceased and identified as Kidder.

"It introduced some elements that are now genre tropes and she's fantastic in it," comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani said on Twitter Monday.

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"Superman," directed by Richard Donner and released in 1978, was a superhero blockbuster two decades before comic book movies became the norm at the top of the box office. It's cited as an essential inspiration by makers of today's Marvel and D.C. films.

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Kidder, as ace reporter Lane, was a salty, sexually savvy adult who played off of the boyish, farm-raised charm of Reeve's Clark Kent and Superman, though her dogged journalism constantly got her into dangerous scrapes that required old-fashioned rescues.

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In this Oct. 3, 2000 file photo, actress Margot Kidder, who dated former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, arrives for his funeral at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Quebec. 

Margot Kidder, left, talks with June Doolittle during her Super Tuesday party supporting Bernie Sanders in 2016. Kidder, a Livingston resident and actress is best known for her role in the original "Superman" films, playing the part of Lois Lane.

B-movie buffs say 1974's "Black Christmas," with Kidder as a sorority sister, is a must-watch.

LOS ANGELES — Margot Kidder, the Canadian actress who starred as a salty and cynical Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the "Superman" film franchise of the 1970s and 1980s, has died.

Kidder and Reeve went on to star in three more "Superman" movies, the fourth and last in 1987.

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She said she and Reeve, who died in 2004, were like brother and sister, both in their affection and animosity for each other.

The Park County Coroner's office is investigating the cause of her death, though foul play is not considered a factor, according to the release.

No cause or other details were given.

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In this July 8, 1977 file photo, Christopher Reeve, left, and Margot Kidder appear during the filming of "Superman" in New York's Lower East Side. Kidder, who starred as Lois Lane in the “Superman” film franchise of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died. 

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Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige called the moment "the best cinematic superhero save in the history of film" at an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences event honoring Donner last year.

She dated then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in the 1980s, calling him the "love of my life, my true love" in her radio interview last week.

Margo Kidder addresses a group of Bernie Sanders for president supporters and volunteers gathered above the Quarry Brewery in Butte in 2016.

That struggle became public in 1996 when she was found dazed and filthy in a yard not far from the studio where she once filmed parts of "Superman."

Both would remain known almost entirely for their "Superman" roles, and struggled to find other major parts.

Margot Kidder of Livingston addresses a group of Bernie Sanders  supporters and volunteers in May 2016. Kidder has died at age 69.

Kidder had many of the movies' most memorable lines, including "You've got me?! Who's got you?!" when she first encountered the costumed hero as she and a helicopter plunged from the top of a Metropolis building.

Margot Kidder of Livingston addresses a group of Bernie Sanders  supporters and volunteers in May 2016. Kidder has died at age 69.

In this April 9, 1979 file photo, actress Margot Kidder, left, and actor Christopher Reeve appear at the 51st Annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. 

She spent the last decades of her life living in Montana and engaging in political activism, including protest of the U.S. military action in Iraq.

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

This 1981 file photo shows actress Margot Kidder. Kidder, who starred as Lois Lane in the “Superman” film franchise of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died. 

Kidder and Reeve were relative unknowns when they got their leading parts in the first of the films in 1978, which also included big names Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando.

Kidder also had a small part in 1975's "The Great Waldo Pepper" with Robert Redford, and starred as conjoined twins in Brian De Palma's 1973 "Sisters," and as the mother of a terrorized family opposite James Brolin in 1979's "The Amityville Horror."

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Kidder had a debilitating car accident in 1990 that left her badly in debt, confined her to a wheelchair for most of two years and worsened the mental illness she had struggled with for much of her life.

Kidder was married and divorced three times, including a brief marriage to actor John Heard, and is survived by a daughter, Maggie McGuane.

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