Superman star Margot Kidder dies at age 69

Superman star Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve, dies at age 69 after bipolar struggle that left her homeless

  • The star was found dead in her Livingston, Montana home on Sunday
  • It is not known yet what the Canada born actress has died of 
  • The beauty made four Superman films with Christopher in the 70s and 80s 
  • She also worked alongside Reeve on two episodes of TV’s Smallville 
  • Margot battled bipolar disorder for years and was very open about it
  • In 1996 Kidder had a manic episode leading to her being homeless for 4 days
  • The star was found by police and placed in psychiatric care
  • Later she became an advocate for mental health awareness
  • Margot continued to work in Hollywood with her last film being The Neighborhood with Danny Aiello, which came out this year

Margot Kidder has passed away at her home in Livingston, Montana at the age of 69 on Sunday, which was Mother’s Day.

The brunette beauty from Canada was best known for playing Lois Lane in four Superman movies with Christopher Reeve in the Seventies and Eighties. She also was the star of the massive 1979 horror film The Amityville Horror with James Brolin and Rod Steiger.

It is not known yet what Kidder – who once dated directors Brian De Palma and Steven Spielberg – died from, according to TMZ.

Gone too soon: Margot Kidder, who starred in four Superman films, has died at age 69; here she is seen in 1980 with Christopher Reeve in Superman II

The first one: Kidder and Reeve in the first Superman film which came out in 1978

Reeve died in 2004 after being paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair due to a horse riding accident in 1995.

Kidder had her own struggles for a time, though she seemed to overcome them. 

Margot battled bipolar disorder for years and was very open about it. Her illness got so intense she was homeless for a while in 1996 after a breakdown that led her to disappear for four days.

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 manic state. Kidder was later placed in psychiatric care.

At work: In a photo op for 1978’s Superman, Kidder could be seen sitting on her desk

Years later Margot said she had not had a manic episode for a long time because she had been cured by orthomolecular medicine. The movie icon went on to become an advocate for mental health awareness.

She played the part of a pinup for the Superman films

She also thrived as an actress after she got better.

In 2001, she played the abusive mother of a serial killer on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Kidder appeared on Broadway in The Vagina Monologues in December 2002, and toured with the show for two years. 

In 2004, Kidder briefly returned to the Superman franchise in two episodes of the television series Smallville, as Bridgette Crosby opposite her Superman co-star, Reeve. 

And in 2015 Kidder won an Emmy award for Outstanding Performer in Children’s Programming for her performance in RL Stine’s The Haunting Hour.

Her last project was the film The Neighborhood with Danny Aiello, which came out earlier this year.

Kidder got her start in Hollywood with the 1968 film The Best Damn Fiddler From Calabogie To Kalada.

The next year she was cast opposite Beau Bridges in Gaily, Gaily, but it did little for her profile.

Then the star popped up in TV shows such as Wojeck, Adventures in Rainbow Country, McQueen, and Nichols.

Looking great three years ago: The brunette at WonderCon Anaheim 2015

She struggled for years in film in LA and on stage in New York City until Brian De Palma cast her in the 1973 film Sisters in which she played conjoined twins. The two had a brief romance on the movie.

Next came the Black Christmas, The Gravy Train and A Quiet Day in Belfast, all of which came out in 1974. 

The next year she worked with Robert Redford in The Great Waldo Pepper then with Peter Fonda in 92 In The Shade, making her a strong leading lady. 

In 1976 she took time off to welcome her daughter, Maggie – now 41-years-old – her first husband, American novelist Thomas McGuane.

Meeting her Superman fans: At Wizard World’s Philadelphia Comic Con 2011 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2011

Two years later she was cast as Lois Lane in Superman, which was a smash success. Three sequels followed.

Between Superman films she made 1979’s blockbuster The Amityville Horror, 1981’s Heartaches, 1983’s Trenchcoat, 1984’s The Glitter Dome, and 1985’s Little Treasure.

She appeared in stage versions of Bus Stop and Pygmalion as well.

The beauty was married and divorced three times.

Her first husband was McGuane. Next came actor John Heard. They wed in 1979 but split six days later. She was married to French film director Philippe de Broca from 1983 to 1984.  

The star also dated former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau, directors Brian De Palma, writer/director Tom Mankiewicz and Steven Spielberg, as well as stand-up comedian Richard Pryor.

 

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