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Lois Lane Actress Margot Kidder Dies At 69

The actress who played beloved Lois Lane in the original “Superman” movies, Margot Kidder, has died. She was 69 years old.

According to the Associated Press, the actress died Sunday at her home in Livingston, Montana. Kidder’s manager Camilla Fluxman Pines confirmed Monday that the star passed away peacefully in her sleep. No other details about the cause of her death have been released.

The Movie" at the Warner Bros. studio museum in Burbank May 1, 2001. Kidder portrayed Lois Lane and McClure played Jimmy Olsen in the film which also starred Christopher Reeve as Superman. Warner Bros. brought the cast together for the release of the film on DVD. FSP/BK - RP2DRIKHZSAA

The Movie” at the Warner Bros. studio museum in Burbank May 1, 2001. Kidder portrayed Lois Lane and McClure played Jimmy Olsen in the film which also starred Christopher Reeve as Superman. Warner Bros. brought the cast together for the release of the film on DVD. (Photo: Reuters)

Though she’s probably best known for her role playing alongside Christopher Reeve in the “Superman” franchise in the 1970s and 1980s, Kidder also appeared on the big screen in movies like “Amityville Horror,” “Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx” and “The Great Waldo Pepper.”

But without a doubt, landing the role as a reporter in the “Superman” movie in 1978 launched her into celebrity status.

“I’d never read comics, so I didn’t know much about Superman,” Kidder shared in a 2009 interview. “But I read this very funny script, and I went in and did a couple scenes, and next thing I knew, I was being flown to England to screen-test, and that was that.”

The actress was also a strong advocate for mental illness after sharing that she suffered from bipolar disorder following a very public mental breakdown in the 1990s.

She is survived by her daughter Maggie McGuane. Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced.