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RIP: Margot Kidder – Superman’s Lois Lane, Amityville Horror, Smallville

Margo Kidder, 69, passed away at her home Sunday April 13, 2018
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Margo Kidder, 69, passed away in her sleep Sunday, April 13, 2018 at her home in Livingston, Montana. Cause of death is as yet unknown. Kidder is best remembered for the roles of Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the Superman films of the 1970s and ’80s, Kathy Lutz in The Amityville Horror opposite James Brolin, and as Bridgette Crosby on Smallville.

Kidder was born Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Her first major film was Gayly, Gayly with Beau Bridges. She appeared in a series of small roles on both CBC in Canada and various networks in the United States.

This lead to more work after she moved to Los Angeles, such as, Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx opposite Gene Wilder. This was followed by roles in two cult classic films:  Brian De Palmer’s Sisters and Bob Clark’s Black Christmas. Kidder won a Canadian Film Award for Best Actress for her role in Black Christmas.

This lead to bigger and better roles. She starred opposite Robert Redford in The Great Waldo Pepper, and Peter Fonda in 92 in the Shade. She went on to star in the first Superman with Christopher Reeve. She won a Saturn Award for best actress and reprized the role in three more films.

On heels of the first Superman film, she appeared opposite James Brolin in Stuart Rosenberg’s The Amityville Horror.

She kept up a breakneck pace through the ’80s and ’90s making feature films, made-for-TV-movies, narration work, and even lending her voice to a video game in 1994: Under a Killing Moon. This all caught up with her in 1996 with a very publicized nervous breakdown. Kidder, diagnosed with bipolar disorder and subsequently receiving treatment, became an advocate for mental health.

Keeping very busy in television and big screen in the 2000s, Kidder appeared in shows such as, Smallville with her friend Christopher Reeve, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, for which, she received an Emmy award for Outstanding Performer in Children’s Programming, and even a spin through the horror genre in Rob Zombie’s Halloween II as Laurie Strode’s therapist.

Our hearts go out to Kidder’s daughter, family and friends. She is an indelible part of the landscape of anyone who grew up in the 70s and 80s. Her hoarse screams and infectious laugh punctuating soaring hopes and dire frights. She will never be forgotten!

 

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