"Superman" Star Margot Kidder Passes Away At Age 69

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Actor Christopher Reeve as Superman (left) and as Clark Kent (right) with Lois Lane, played by Margot Kidder, in the 1978 film Superman: The Movie. Her niece, Janet Kidder, is also an actress. Kidder was 69-years-old at the time of her death, but no cause was given by the funeral home that confirmed her passing.

Yet it was winning the role of Lois Lane that cemented her position in pop culture.

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The Canadian-American actress and activist also featured in the TV series Smallville, and films such as The Amityville Horror and Halloween II. "It's very hard to convince a manic person that there is anything wrong with them", she told PEOPLE some time later. Her illness got so intense she was homeless for a while in 1996 after a breakdown that led her to disappear for four days.

She officially became a United States citizen in 2005, claiming she did so to participate in the voting process and to continue her protests against US intervention in Iraq without fear of facing deportation. In 2015 she earned a Daytime Emmy Award as outstanding performer in a kids' series for R.L. Stine's the Haunting Hour. Through a magnetic screen presence, she held her own alongside male co-stars that not only included Christopher Reeve but Robert Redford and Gene Wilder. In 1970 she starred in Quackser opposite Gene Wilder, and a year later was cast in Sisters. Police, who found no indication of drug use, took her to the psychiatric ward of the county's Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar. "Who's got you?!" when she first encountered the costumed hero as she and a helicopter plunged from the top of a Metropolis building.

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She spent the last decades of her life living in Montana and engaging in political activism as a liberal Democrat, including protesting USA military action in Iraq.

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