Margot Kidder

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Margot Kidder (17 October 1948 - )

Margot [Margaret] Ruth Kidder, a Canadian-American film and television actress, is best known for having played Lois Lane in the 1970s and 1980s Superman movies.

She is one of five children born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, to history teacher Jill (née Wilson) and explosives expert and mining engineer Kendall Kidder.

In the 1960s in Toronto, she appeared in Canadian Broadcasting System television dramas and had guest appearances on Wojeck and Adventures in Rainbow Country, appearing as a young reporter on McQueen.

In 1978, she was Lois Lane in Superman: The Movie, and she has been in many other films and television dramas.

Kidder has been married (none lasting more than one year) and divorced three times: to American novelist Thomas McGuane (by whom she had her only child, daughter Maggie, in 1976); to actor John Heard; and to French film director Philippe de Broca.

She has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and in 1996, found by Los Angeles police in a distressed state, was placed in psychiatric care. In 1990, she was hurt badly in a car crash, suffering financial problems because of being unable to work.

On 17 August 2005 in Butte, Montana, Kidder became a United States citizen. She lives in Livingston, Montana.

Kidder is associated with having been Superman’s Lois Lane in Superman: The Movie (1978), as well as in the sequels: Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983), and Superman IV (1987). Also, she has appeared in numerous other films: Never Met Picasso (1996); Bloodknot (1995); Windrunner (1995); Beanstock (1994); Henry and Verlin (1994); Maverick (1994); One Woman’s Courage (1994); The Pornographer (1994); La Florida (1993); Aaron Sent Me (1992); Mob Story (1990); White Room (1990); and others including Miss Right (1988); The Amityville Horror (1979); and Gaily, Gaily (1969). She has been the voice of the narrator of The Emerald City of Oz (1988), The Marvelous Land of Oz (1987) and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1987). She is the bartender in a CD-ROM, Under the Killing Moon and has had notable guest appearances such as being Joy Adams in Burke’s Law (1994) and as Dr. Ellen Holden in Murder, She Wrote (1984).

In an article by Rich Brown in TV Guide (February 2000), Kidder is quoted as saying,

  • I went through millions of dollars - I have no idea how much. I'd buy things for friends, take people to Paris. Once I stayed up for three weeks in a row because I felt like I was called upon to write a new religion for women. I was reading all these books, including the Bible . . . and I'm an atheist.


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