Quantcast

Actress Margot Kidder Gone At Age 69

Margot Kidder passed away peacefully in her Montana home in her sleep at the age of 69, reports her manager. The actress, best remembered as 'Lois Lane' in the 1970's and 80's 'Superman' franchise, but after health issues that brought her to a low point in her life, she became a mental health advocate.

Kidder was born in Northwest Territories in Canada in 1948, where she began her career in the 1960's. Her debut was in the short film, "The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar'. In 1969, she landed a role in the Beau Bridges film 'Gaily, Gaily'.

At the time, Kidder was debating whether or not to work behind the camera or in front of it. She told interviewer Dick Cavett in 1970 she was considering becoming an editor.

In the 1970's, the actress moved to the US. and spent time in Hollywood and New York City. She appeared in several films, including 'Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx' with Gene Wilder, the Brian De Palma cult classic, 'Sisters', and ' The Great Waldo Pepper' with Robert Redford.

Kidder rose to fame when she was cast as the love interest of the Man of Steel in 'Superman: The Movie' in 1978. She says she and her co-star, Christopher Reeves, had great chemistry because he reminded her of her brothers.

"So the energy we had was one of brother and sister, which was often bickering, that took the place of romantic energy," she told the website Hey U Guys. "No one noticed the difference one from the other -- it worked. We didn't have to create a different reality."

In 1979, Kidder starred in 'The Amityville Horror' as Kathy Lutz, in the allegedly true story of how she and her family were tormented by ghosts and driven out of their new home. The film received mixed reviews from critics but was a huge success commercially.

She went on to revive the role in 'Superman II', 'Superman III' and 'Superman IV: The Quest for Peace'. Her co-star, Reeve, met with a tragic accident in the early 1990s, which left him quadriplegic. He passed away nine years later.

Kidder went on to appear in a number of films, including 'Heartaches', a 1991 film for which people thought she should have been nominated for an Oscar. The nomination never came to pass, however, and in the mid-1990s, Kidder's career began to decline.

The actress had several failed marriages and was suffering from mental health issues. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and between divorces and mental health treatments, her money dwindled away to nothing. She found herself homeless.

When news got out of Kidder's sad fate that landed her on the streets, people reached out to help her. She was able to get back on her feet and resume her life.

She began working on independent films and in television, making guest appearances on popular shows such as 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' 'Brothers and Sisters', 'The L Word' and 'Smallville', the television series based on Superman. She went on to win an Emmy for her performance in 'R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour'.

Kidder also became a mental health advocate and was politically active in both the U.S. and Canada.

Source: CNN
Photos: Movie Web, 10TV, Canoe, WPXI

Tell Us What You Think

More News Stories

Since its founding, our country has made tremendous strides in the area of racial equality. There have been plenty of disturbing incidents along...

After a shooting took place at a private university, a wounded security guard told authorities that a black man attacked and shot him. The...

After President Donald Trump withdrew the invitation for the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House, players instead decided to make a day...

No matter what you believe about gun control, no one can deny that guns can bring a great deal of destruction. This is often seen especially in...

President Trump’s determination to destroy Obamacare is similar to Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for civil rights, CNN political commentator...

Latest News Stories

A stunning case has come to light out of Joliet Township, Illinois. An 18-month-old girl had gone missing in the neighborhood, and the search...

Social media is abuzz with an inspiring act of kindness by an NYPD officer last week. The NYC cop noticed a homeless man who was digging through a...

Parents are wondering why members of the Blaine High School choir in Minnesota were expected to perform the song 'Eid un Sa'Eid' on Thursday night...

On Wednesday, GOP presidential front-runner took the time to outline his foreign policy. He called it the "America first" model to convey how his...

The hits have been coming on the regular for casual dining chain Chipotle, and we’re not talking about new menu items that are knocking it out of...