Margot Kidder, the actress most known for her portrayal of Lois Lane in Richard Donner’s “Superman” and its three sequels from 1978 to 1987, has passed away at age 69. Though a variety of silver screen stars from Teri Hatcher to Kate Bosworth to Amy Adams have played the role, Kidder’s interpretation remains the most iconic. Her performance transformed Lane into a feminist icon of sorts by emphasizing the character’s strength, humor and scrappiness that could stand independent of Christopher Reeve’s Man of Steel.
When asked about contemporary versions of Lois Lane, Kidder expressed disappointment. “They took one of the best American actresses around, Amy Adams, and didn’t give her anything to do!” Kidder said in a 2016 interview with Vanity Fair. I mean, how stupid is that? They made her what used to be the girlfriend, which kind of ended in the 60s with women’s rights.”
Kidder passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 13th at her home in Livingston, Montana. Her death was confirmed by her manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines. The cause has not been confirmed.