1970’s Lois Lane, Iconic Margot Kidder Dies at 69

Lois Lane is taken by something even Superman can’t save her from. Canadian-American actress Margaret Ruth Kidder, also known by her screen name Margot Kidder, had died on May 13, 2018. The actress rose to fame in 1978 by playing Lois Lane in the Superman film series throughout the late 1970’s and the early 1980’s.

One of Margot Kidder’s legacies that she has embarked on this planet is setting a high standard to play Lois Lane. It is her sterling and witty portrayal of Lois Lane that captured the hearts of many and set as a challenge to future actresses who aspire to play the role. Since movies in her era mostly depicted women as inferior beings to men, Margot Kidder showed that she was Clark Kent’s equal. The actress portrayed Lois Lane as a woman filled with moxie and wit, and she proved that she could rise side by side with her partner, Christopher Reeve, in a male-dominated industry.

Margot Kidder’s passing has made people grieve and expressed their love for Kidder through their tributes.  DC Comics paid tribute by posting on their Twitter account; they wrote, “Thank you for being the Lois Lane so many of us grew up with. RIP, Margot Kidder.” Mark Hamill also commemorated the actress by writing, “On-screen she was magic. Off-screen she was one of the kindest, sweetest, most caring woman I’ve ever known. I’ll miss you, Margot Kidder. Your legacy will live on forever.”

Kidder had many memorable lines in her acting career, one of which is “You’ve got me?! Who’s got you?!” The line was from the box office hit, Superman, in 1978. The scene was Lois Lane’s first encounter with Superman as she and a helicopter plunged from the top of a Metropolis building and Superman swooped down to save her.

Richard Donner, director of the Superman series in the 1970’s, was commended for his work, Lois Lane was one of the highlights of the film. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige called Lois Lane, and Superman’s “You’ve got me?! Who’s got you?!” moment,“ the best cinematic superhero save in the history of film.”