TMZ reported on Monday morning that the actor Margot Kidder, best known for playing Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the Superman movies, died in her home in Livingston on Sunday. A Livingston funeral home has listed a notice of her death.
Kidder, who was 69, had been open about her battles with chemical dependency and mental illness, which included a diagnosis of bipolar disorder.
Missoula actor Jeff Medley worked with Kidder two years ago on an as-yet-unreleased movie filmed and set in Montana.
“It was kind of magical, because I’m a 44-year-old guy. I was born in 1974, and I was just looking back at those Superman movies,” Medley said. “She was probably my first silver-screen crush, whatever that means for a 5-year-old. She was Superman’s girlfriend, just jaw-dropping, and all those years later to get to work with her. She was self-deprecating as hell and just hilarious, and had all these amazing stories about her life.” Medley said he had been notified of Kidder’s death last night by a mutual friend who was a neighbor of Kidder’s in Livingston.
“Despite all the stories of her troubled post-Superman years, when the director yelled ‘Action!’ and our eyes met, she was so professional and all there,” Medley said.
Kidder’s first husband was novelist Thomas McGuane, with whom she had a daughter, Maggie. In addition to continuing to act, Kidder was active in progressive politics in Montana.