Hollywood Pays Tribute To 'Superman' Star Margot Kidder

Lewis Collier
May 15, 2018

Kidder's involvement in the 1978 film Superman: The Movie catapulted her into the limelight, eventually nabbing roles in The Amityville Horror (1979) and Heartaches (1981). "I'm the biggest whore on the block", and she remained busy in small TV parts and guest roles (including alongside Reeve in two episodes of Smallville).

Actors Christopher Reeve, as Superman, and Margot Kidder, as Lois Lane, appear in a scene from the 1978 movie Superman. Her most recent credit was a year ago in an independent movie, "The Neighborhood".

'80s, appearing in films with Robert Redford and Richard Pryor as well as opposite Christopher Reeve in all four films in the original "Superman" franchise.

Margot left her acting career behind and worked on mental wellness campaigns and charities, and was in the middle of writing a one-woman-show "about insanity and war".

The Canadian-born Kidder had been living in Montana in recent decades and spent much of her time on political activism.

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Maslin was also likely referring to the role Kidder is most famous for: Lois Lane.

In a 2016 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he recalled the session that resulted in her getting the role of Lois Lane, the feisty reporter who works alongside Clark Kent and pines for Superman, unaware that they are the same person. In 1996, after being reported missing, Kidder was found disheveled, dirty, and in hiding in a suburban back yard.

Kidder was unable to work for two years after a serious auto crash in 1990, and eventually became bankrupt. She went on to marry Philippe de Broca, a French film director, from 1983-1984.

Kidder's long career is an inspiration, but so too was her tenacity in the face of despair. Kidder battled bipolar disorder for years and has frequently shared her own struggles with others. She moved to Vancouver and then to Los Angeles, where film and television work followed quickly. "She is a dear friend who has always been there for me, and I would do anything to help her".

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