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Margot Kidder Dies

Versatile star who played Lois Lane was 69


Margot Kidder, the spunky Canadian actress who starred opposite Christopher Reeve in the 1978 blockbuster "Superman" and three sequels, died in her sleep Sunday at her home in Livingston, Montana. She was 69.

No further details have been made available.

Kidder made her movie debut 50 years ago in the short Canadian drama "The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar." She went on to appear in more than 60 films in her career, including the acclaimed Brian DePalma thriller "Sisters" in 1973, 1975's "The Great Waldo Pepper" with Robert Redford, and the 1979 supernatural classic, "The Amityville Horror."

Kidder also turned up in dozens of hit TV shows over the years, from "The Mod Squad," "Barnaby Jones" and "Baretta" to "Touched by an Angel," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "The L Word."

She won a 2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming for her final TV role in one episode of the horror-fantasy series, "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour."

But Kidder will be forever remembered as the fearless Daily Planet reporter whose adventures eventually required a helping hand from the Man of Steel in four hit movies from 1978 to 1987.

Perhaps more importantly, Kidder became an advocate on mental health issues following a 1996 breakdown in Los Angeles, where she disappeared for four days and was later found huddled inside a cardboard box, disheveled and disoriented.

"The reality of my life has been grand and wonderful," Kidder later told People magazine, "punctuated by these odd blips and burps of madness."