R.I.P. Margot Kidder, best known as Lois Lane of 'Superman'

The actress passed away on Sunday at the age of 69.

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Just last week we were rediscovering the joys of an obscure 1970s television series called Nichols. It was for a story about the overlooked second acts of some iconic Western stars. In this particular case, James Garner of Maverick returned to a cowboy role as the lead character, Nichols. This being the charming, savvy James Garner, Nichols was a bit like a slightly more modern Maverick. But this Western had an ace up its sleeve — Margot Kidder.

In Nichols, which originally aired sporadically on NBC between 1971 and 1972, Kidder, born in the northwest corner of Canada, portrayed the love interest on the Western, the barmaid at a hotel. (You can see a promotional photo of her in the role above.) Her charisma immediately jumped through the TV screen. Previously, she had popped up in an episode of The Mod Squad, but it was clear that Kidder was rocketing towards movies. In 1973, Kidder landed her breakthrough role starring in Brian De Palma's twister Sisters. She played conjoined twins who had been separated.

A few years later, she was cast as Lois Lane in Superman, helping define the comic book character as a truly modern working woman. Opposite Christopher Reeve, she appeared in the four original Superman blockbusters. It was easy to see why Superman would want to spin the earth in reverse to save her.

Kidder also landed a memorable, acclaimed role in The Amityville Horror in 1979. Those lasting Seventies classics remain her most well-known works.

On the small screen, Kidder continued to appear in small guest roles over the following decades, turning up on series such as Tales from the Crypt, Murder, She Wrote and Touched by an Angel.

In 2004, Kidder reunited with Reeve in the Superman universe, as the two guest-starred together on Smallville.

On May 13, Kidder passed away at her home in Montana, as reported by TMZ. She was 69 years old.

People we have lost in 2018

  • David Ogden Stiers, M*A*S*H star and Disney voice actor
  • John Mahoney, the beloved father of 'Frasier'
  • Vic Damone, legendary singer, popular entertainer and TV host
  • Doreen Tracey, original 'Mickey Mouse Club' Mousketeer
  • Mickey Jones of 'Home Improvement' and 'National Lampoon's Vacation'
  • Peter Wyngarde, British actor who appeared in 'The Prisoner,' 'Flash Gordon' and a Lucy special
  • Dorothy Malone, Oscar-winning actress and 'Peyton Place' star
  • Robert Dowdell of 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea'
  • John Gavin, 'Psycho' actor who was twice almost cast as James Bond
  • Hugh Wilson, creator of 'WKRP in Cincinnati,' 'Frank's Place'
  • Jean Porter, actress from 'The Abbott & Costello Show'
  • Greta Thyssen, actress on 'The Three Stooges' and 'Perry Mason'
  • Harry Landers, co-star on 'Ben Casey' and many beloved TV shows
  • Frank Buxton, writer, actor and director on 'The Odd Couple,' 'Happy Days'
  • Bradford Dillman, prominent '60s and '70s film and TV actor
  • Frank Avruch, best known as Boston's Bozo the Clown
  • David Ogden Stiers, M*A*S*H star and Disney voice actor
  • John Mahoney, the beloved father of 'Frasier'
  • Vic Damone, legendary singer, popular entertainer and TV host
  • Doreen Tracey, original 'Mickey Mouse Club' Mousketeer
  • Mickey Jones of 'Home Improvement' and 'National Lampoon's Vacation'
  • Peter Wyngarde, British actor who appeared in 'The Prisoner,' 'Flash Gordon' and a Lucy special
  • Dorothy Malone, Oscar-winning actress and 'Peyton Place' star
  • Robert Dowdell of 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea'
  • John Gavin, 'Psycho' actor who was twice almost cast as James Bond
  • Hugh Wilson, creator of 'WKRP in Cincinnati,' 'Frank's Place'
  • Jean Porter, actress from 'The Abbott & Costello Show'
  • Greta Thyssen, actress on 'The Three Stooges' and 'Perry Mason'
  • Harry Landers, co-star on 'Ben Casey' and many beloved TV shows
  • Frank Buxton, writer, actor and director on 'The Odd Couple,' 'Happy Days'
  • Bradford Dillman, prominent '60s and '70s film and TV actor
  • Frank Avruch, best known as Boston's Bozo the Clown

David Ogden Stiers, M*A*S*H star and Disney voice actor

The actor behind "Winchester" died at the age of 75. READ MORE

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John Mahoney, the beloved father of 'Frasier'

The veteran stage actor was 77. READ MORE

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Vic Damone, legendary singer, popular entertainer and TV host

On February 11, the entertainer passed away at the age of 89. READ MORE

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Doreen Tracey, original 'Mickey Mouse Club' Mousketeer

Actress Doreen Tracey passed away January 10 at the age of 74. READ MORE

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Mickey Jones of 'Home Improvement' and 'National Lampoon's Vacation'

On February 7, Mickey Jones passed away at the age of 76. READ MORE

Peter Wyngarde, British actor who appeared in 'The Prisoner,' 'Flash Gordon' and a Lucy special

He was one of the men who inspired Austin Powers. READ MORE

Dorothy Malone, Oscar-winning actress and 'Peyton Place' star

On January 18, Dorothy Malone passed away at the age of 93. READ MORE

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Robert Dowdell of 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea'

The Lieutenant Commander Chip Morton died at the age of 85. READ MORE

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John Gavin, 'Psycho' actor who was twice almost cast as James Bond

The actor and diplomat passed away at the age of 86. READ MORE

Image: The Everett Collection

Hugh Wilson, creator of 'WKRP in Cincinnati,' 'Frank's Place'

The Emmy-winning writer passed away on January 14 at 74. READ MORE

Image: The Everett Collection

Jean Porter, actress from 'The Abbott & Costello Show'

The '40s and '50s starlet passed away at the age of 95 on January 13. READ MORE

Image: The Everett Collection

Greta Thyssen, actress on 'The Three Stooges' and 'Perry Mason'

The actress passed away on January 6 at the age of 90. READ MORE

Harry Landers, co-star on 'Ben Casey' and many beloved TV shows

Bette Davis kickstarted an acting career that led to the 'Star Trek' finale. READ MORE

Frank Buxton, writer, actor and director on 'The Odd Couple,' 'Happy Days'

The multifaceted TV talent passed away on January 2 at the age of 87. READ MORE

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Bradford Dillman, prominent '60s and '70s film and TV actor

We saw Dillman step into top-tier classic shows, like Wagon Train and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and returning for recurring roles on shows like Dr. Kildare and Court Martial. READ MORE

Frank Avruch, best known as Boston's Bozo the Clown

The host of Bozo's Big Top died at the age of 89. READ MORE

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