Actress Margot Kidder, Who Played Lois Lane, Dies At 69

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Sandy Huffaker Getty Images North America—AFP

The actress died at her home in Livingston, Montana, on Sunday, however her cause of death is now unknown.

But a local woman remembers Kidder as one of her closest friends and former roommate. Her role opposite Christopher Reeve made her an instantly-recognizable star, but there's a lot more to her life and career than that. With her citizenship, Kidder was an activist and challenged the Iraq War.

"The first scene I do with him (Superman) when we fly off the balcony, we had to do something like 84 takes", she recalled in 2014.

Among her 1975 films was 92 in the Shade, written and directed by novelist Thomas McGuane, whom she married in 1976; they divorced the next year.

Kidder also struggled for years with bipolar disorder, and social media users have been praising the actress for broaching the subject publicly.

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Hatcher portrayed Lois' mother, while Kidder played Bridgette Crosby, the assistant to scientist Virgil Swann - portrayed by none other than her Superman co-star Christopher Reeve.

DC Comics, creators of Superman, appreciated her for the role, that so many people came to identify her with, in the 70s and 80s. She also was the star of the massive 1979 horror film The Amityville Horror with James Brolin and Rod Steiger. She figures prominently in Peter Biskind's seminal tome on the auteur era of the 70's, Easy Riders and Raging Bulls. The death cause 0f Margot is still unknown and she was found dead at her home. "RIP Margot Kidder. Thank you for my favourite movie ever".

She reprised the part in sequels in 1980, 1983 and 1987, also. Reeve died in 2004 after being paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair due to a horse riding accident in 1995.

Sarah Douglas, who played the supervillain Ursa, whom Lane (Kidder) sucker-punched in one iconic scene, posted an image of the famed cinematic moment on Twitter.

She is survived by her daughter.

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