How 'Superman' star Margot Kidder was a champion for mental health


Kidder suffered from mental illness in her later years.

She is survived by her daughter, Maggie McGuane. She appeared alongside Reeve, who played Superman, and the two would reprise their role in the film's three sequels.

Kidder worked constantly in film and television throughout the 70s and 80s, drawing media attention for her relationships as much as for her work. Kidder got the acting bug after seeing shows on Broadway.

She was found in a backyard by a homeowner and was taken by the Los Angeles Police Department to Olive View Medical Center in a manic state. According to, she supported Jesse Jackson in 1984, became a USA citizen in 2005 to ensure she could vote against George W. Bush, and supported Bernie Sanders last time around.

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Lois Lane is great at her job and doesn't take flak from anyone.

Both Kidder and Reeve, who played Superman, were relative unknowns when they got their leading parts in 1978's "Superman". "There was only one true Lois Lane". In 1970, she co-starred with Gene Wilder in the eccentric comedy Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin In The Bronx; and in 1972, Brian De Palma gave her the lead in his Psycho-inflected thriller Sisters. Kidder was reportedly homeless for a brief period in 1996 as a result of her struggles with mental health.

There are iconic roles and then there's Lois Lane, the intrepid reporter and paramour of Superman who's made her mark on the comics world for 80 years. "She is a dear friend who has always been there for me, and I would do anything to help her". "Gone at the age of 69, she was very open about her battle with bipolar disease".

She spent the last decades of her life living in Montana and engaging in political activism, including protesting the US military action in Iraq. Whether throwing herself off a building to "prove" Kent's secret, or crying in his office at the realization that her life with Superman would never be easy, she was able to run the gamut of emotions, while always staying true to Lane's indomitable spirit.