Livingston, Montana, USA: Margot Kidder, best known for playing Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in Superman movie franchise, has died at her home in Montana at 69, the Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston where she lived announced today. A cause of death has not yet been publicly released for Margot Kidder
“The actress and activist passed away on Sun., May 13, 2018 at her home,” the funeral home said.
Margaret Ruth Kidder was born in Canada and honed her acting skills on TV shows such as McQueen, Nichols, Banacek and Mod Squad before becoming a movie star.
Her acting career spanned decades, from TV series in the late 1960s to seven films in the past five years.
After landing a lead role in Brian de Palma’s Sisters in 1972, Kidder’s film career took off. It hit the stratosphere six years later, when she appeared as Lois Lane in the launching of the Superman film franchise. She went on to appear in three sequels over the next nine years.
Famous for her smoky voice and for portraying smart, indomitable characters, Kidder also struggled with addiction and bipolar disorder for much of her life. She suffered from a famous breakdown in 1996, when she disappeared for several days. When police found her in Glendale, Calif., she was hiding in the bushes behind a house.
After Kidder recovered from that incident, she became an advocate for mental health awareness.
Kidder went to take dozens of other acting jobs, from recurring roles on TV’s Boston Common in 1997 to 2009’s Halloween II.
For decades, Kidder had lived in a log cabin near Livingston. In addition to promoting mental health issues, she spoke publicly as an anti-war and environmental activist.