Margaret Ruth Kidder, born October 17, 1948 and died May 13, 2018, was a Canadian-American actress and activist. She rose to fame in 1978 for her role as Louis Lane in the Superman movie series, alongside Christopher Reeve. Take a look below for 30 more interesting and fun facts about Margot Kidder.
1. Kidder began her career in the 1960s, appearing in low-budget Canadian films and television series, before landing a lead role in Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx.
2. She played twins in Brian De Palma’s cult thriller Sisters.
3. Her performance as Kathy Lutz in the blockbuster horror movie The Amityville Horror gained her further mainstream exposure.
4. In 1996, she had a highly publicized manic episode and nervous breakdown.
5. By the 2000s, she maintained steady work in independent films and television, with guest-starring roles on Smallville, Brothers & Sisters and The L Word.
6. In 2015, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance on the children’s television series R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.
7. She acted in theatrical productions, most notable appearing on Broadway in a 2002 production of The Vagina Monologues.
8. In 2005, Kidder became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
9. Kidder, one of five children, was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, the daughter of Jocelyn Mary “Jill”, a history teacher, and Kendall Kidder, an explosives expert and engineer.
10. Kidder spent time growing up in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador.
11. Her mother was from British Columbia, Canada, and her father was from New Mexico, United States. She was of Welsh and English descent.
12. Kidder was born in Yellowknife because of her father’s job, which required the family to live in remote locations. Her father was a manager of the Yellowknife Telephone Company from 1948 to 1951.
13. Kidder recalled her childhood in northern Canada, saying, “We didn’t have movies in this little mining town. When I was 12 my mom took me to New York and I saw Bye Bye Birdie, with people singing and dancing, and that was it. I knew I had to go far away. I was clueless, but I [have done] okay.”
14. She attended multiple schools in her youth, and graduated from Havergal College, a boarding school in Toronto, in 1955.
15. She had a sister, Annie, who’s a Canadian actress and executive director of the People for Education charity, and three brothers: John, Michael and Peter. Kidder’s niece, Janet Kidder, is also an actress.
16. She was in a series car crash in 1990 and couldn’t work for two years. She went bankrupt.
17. Kidder had a daughter, Maggie McGuane, who was born on October 28, 1976, with first husband Thomas McGuane.
18. In April 1996, she was found by police in a distressed state, hiding in someone’s garden claiming that she’d been stalked and attacked. She had apparently cut her hair off with a razor blade. She was placed in psychiatric care as police said that there was nothing to support her story.
19. Along with Christopher Reeve, Jackie Cooper, and Marc McClure, she’s one of only four actors to appear in the first Superman movies: Superman, Superman II, Superman III, and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
20. She went to 11 different schools in 12 years.
21. She shared a beach house in California with actress Jennifer Salt in the 1970s.
22. Although Kidder is born in Yellowknife, the road that’s named Lois Lane in Yellowknife is actually named after a long time Yellowknife resident and not after her character in the movies.
23. She actively supported Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign in 1984.
24. She’s the older sister of actress turned education activist Annie Kidder.
25. Kidder supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
26. Kidder was an active volunteer of the Stafford Animal Shelter while residing in Livingston, Montana.
27. She was a close friend of Carrie Fisher. After Fisher’s death in December 2016, she was very aware of her mortality. She lost another close friend in early May 2018, and died herself a week later, on May 13, 2018, in her sleep at her home in Livingston, Montana. Margot was 69 years old.
28. Kidder stated in her final wish that her remains would be devoured by a wolf pack, but her ex-husband Thomas McGuane and their daughter Maggie had her remains cremated instead.
29. Kidder made her film debut in a 49 minute film titled The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar, a drama set in a Canadian logging community, which was produced by the Challenge for Change.
30. Kidder said that she decided to become an American citizen to participate in the voting process, to continue her protests against U.S. intervention in Iraq and to be free of worries bout being deported.