We have some crappy news this Monday afternoon as we sadly have to report that Margot Kidder, star of Superman, Black Christmas, and The Amityville Horror has passed away at 69.
It is being reported by The Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston, MT, that she passed away on Sunday but no cause of death was released.
Kidder had been suffering from mental illness for some years.
She had a career that spanned 50 years in Hollywood but it was her turn as Lois Lane in 1978’s Superman the Movie and its subsequent sequels that shot her to fame.
Born on October 17, 1948, in Yellowknife, Canada, Kidder started her career in TV in the late 1960s, guesting on such shows as McQueen and The Mod Squad. She starred opposite Gene Wilder in the 1970 film Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx before landing a regualar role on the 1971-72 NBC drama Nichols starring Jim Garner. She continued to work mostly in TV until appearing in four films in 1974, including The Great Waldo Pepper.
It was her genre roles that made her a star to fans with roles in such films as Brian DePalma’s Sisters (1972), Black Christmas (1974), The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975), The Amityville Horror (1979), Tales from the Crypt (TV Series) (1992), The Hunger (TV Series) (1997), Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series) (1997), The Clown at Midnight (1999), PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (TV Series) (1999), Nightmare Man (1999), Rob Zombie’s Halloween II (2009), Something Evil Comes (TV Movie) (2009), R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour (TV Series) (2014).
As mentioned before, Kidder portrayed IMO the best Lois Lane in Superman The Movie (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983), Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).
In 1996, Kidder was involved in a bizarre off-screen incident that made international headlines. She had been working on an autobiography when a virus infected her computer and caused her to lose three years worth of writing. After a data-retrieval company failed to restore her lost work, Kidder became manic depressive, convinced that the federal government and her then-husband/novelist Thomas McGuane were plotting to kill her.
In mid-April 1996, her family in Montana reported her missing. Kidder ended up in downtown L.A., dirty and without her purse — according to reports, she had thrown it away because she thought it held a bomb — and met a homeless man who vowed to look after her. Reports say she survived a rape attempt the next day, in which another homeless man kicked her in the stomach and also knocked caps off of her front teeth. She eventually was found by Glendale police and taken to UCLA Medical Center
Regardless of her mental health issues, we all loved her and the films she played in. For me, she will be the only Lois Lane in film that mattered no matter who else comes and goes in the role.
All of us here at Horror Patch wish to send our sincerest condolences to Margot Kidder’s family and friends.
She was a true icon in film and will be truly missed, your journey now is just beginning.
Margot Kidder (October 17, 1948) – (May 13, 2018)