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Margot Kidder, Superman's Original Lois Lane, Dies at 69

Margot Kidder, Superman's Original Lois Lane, Dies at 69

Margot Kidder, an actress best known for her portraying reporter Lois Lane in several Superman movies, died in Livingston over the weekend.

In this way, she turned that dark chapter into something positive.

Rather than throw in the towel, Kidder kept fighting and became an outspoken advocate for mental health and a critic of the pharmaceutical industry.

She was born in Canada in 1948. Police were called to her home by an unidentified person and when officials arrived, she was 'unconscious and not breathing'. "These are hard words to write, so simply - you will be so very missed, my dear Margot". She campaigned for her brother, John Kidder, a farmer from Ashcroft, who was running in Okanagan Coquihalla for the Liberal party.

According to her manager, the actress died peacefully in her sleep.

But all was not easy for her and for her Superman.

In the last years of her life, Kidder lived in Montana to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. Her career further came to a halt after she suffered a nervous breakdown in 1996.

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"They are a stigma and recall times when it was thought those with a disorder were possessed by the devil", she told The Edmonton Journal in 2008.

It is not yet known what Kidder died from.

"She was very, very happy living with her dogs in Montana and being part of a really strong community", said Annie Kidder. She reportedly had 2 more roles yet to be released. Her third marriage was to French director Philippe de Broca from 1983 to 1984.

"I also just so admired her for other aspects of her life, how completely she embraced talking about mental illness, and she just seemed to me like a woman who had obviously a very rich, rewarding but not always easy life". By 2007, she had not had a manic episode and credited orthomolecular medicine. After the negative critical reaction to her performance in the latter sent her back to NY to keep working on her craft, she paid the bills appearing in TV ads.

In 2001, she played the abusive mother of a serial killer on an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit". In recent years Kidder continued to appear on television shows and in guest roles on movies, but nothing on the level of the Superman franchise.

In possibly her final interview before her death, Kidder told WWJ's Sandra McNeill on May 9 she was "sad but not that sad" when her "Superman" co-star Christopher Reeve became a quadriplegic. She went on to pick up an Emmy Award for her performance on the children's television series R.L. Stine's "The Haunting Hour" in 2015. In 2011, she was arrested outside of the White House for protesting against the Keystone XL pipeline. The campaigners were hoping to convince then-U.S. President Barack Obama to quash the $7 billion project to move oil from Alberta to America's Gulf Coast.