Actress Margot Kidder Dead at 69

Sean Reid
May 17, 2018

Kidder was in a vehicle crash in December 1990, after which she was unable to work for two years, causing her financial problems.

Next came the Black Christmas, The Gravy Train and A Quiet Day in Belfast, all of which came out in 1974. According to IMDB, she has roles in two upcoming films that are in pre-production. She later appeared in "1973's "Sisters", "The Great Waldo Pepper" with Robert Redford, and 1979's "The Amityville Horror".

After her breakout, Kidder appeared in scores of films while remaining in solid demand through the 1980s. Following that, she and the legendary comic re-teamed in Superman III, in which Pryor played Gus Gorman who learned how to create Kryponite.


Kidder has worked in on more than 70 movies and TV shows. Cocky, self-assured, and proud of her chain-smoking habit (and inability to spellcheck), she breathed some screwball humor into the film as well as an air of authentic newsroom brassiness. Her manager also refrained from commenting about it. Like Reeve's Superman, Kidder's Lois has become the gold standard by which portrayals of the character are judged, and her interpretation of Lois can be felt even in the more recent big screen outings like Superman Returns and Man of Steal.

"It was very hard watching him [Donner] go", Kidder said.

Teri Hatcher, who starred as Lois Lane in "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" from 1993 to 1997, also posted a sweet note, all about what a "privilege" it was to have shared a role with Kidder.


However, amid all that success, Kidder quietly waged war with mental health demons that eventually left her homeless. Sister Annie said Margot lived happily before her death "with her dogs" in the U.S. west. She continued acting right up until this year, taking small roles in TV shows and movies - but also had stage roles. including "The Vagina Monologues" on Broadway.

Born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, in Canada, Kidder became a naturalized United States citizen in 2005 and was a longtime Montana resident. The actress was married three times, first to novelist Thomas McGuane, in 1979 she Wednesday actor John Heard - but the couple split up six days after the wedding.

Writer and indie film director Ted Geoghegan posted on Twitter, saying he knew Margaret well and that she had an unusual request for her body.


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