Remembering Margot Kidder: Lois Lane and 9 more memorable roles she played

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Margot Kidder, who died Sunday at 69, will forever be remembered as Lois Lane, the feisty love interest of Superman who she portrayed in the Christopher Reeve movies of the ’70s and ’80s. But Kidder amassed an impressive list of credits over the years, from The Amityville Horror to Boston Common. Here’s a look at some of her greatest.

<p>Kidder portrayed Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve’s Superman in four films, released between 1978 and 1987. “It was exciting, but for a while being typecast as Lois made my vanity and narcissism scream,” Kidder told <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2005/apr/09/culture.features" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the Guardian" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>the Guardian</i></a> in April 2005. “Hadn’t people seen my other work? But now my grandkids watch it, and think I was Superman’s friend, so that’s a thrill.” (Photo: Warner Bros./courtesy of Everett Collection) </p>
‘Superman’ (1978)

Kidder portrayed Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve’s Superman in four films, released between 1978 and 1987. “It was exciting, but for a while being typecast as Lois made my vanity and narcissism scream,” Kidder told the Guardian in April 2005. “Hadn’t people seen my other work? But now my grandkids watch it, and think I was Superman’s friend, so that’s a thrill.” (Photo: Warner Bros./courtesy of Everett Collection)

<p>After working for several years on smaller projects, Kidder was cast as the second lead in a TV western starring <i>Maverick</i> alum James Garner, left. Unfortunately, the show lasted only one season. (Photo: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) </p>
‘Nichols’ (1971-1972)

After working for several years on smaller projects, Kidder was cast as the second lead in a TV western starring Maverick alum James Garner, left. Unfortunately, the show lasted only one season. (Photo: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

<p>Kidder played double roles in Brian De Palma’s thriller <i>Sisters</i>, just a few years before he would direct horror classic <i>Carrie</i> and the iconic <i>Scarface</i>. At the time, Kidder was <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2005/apr/09/culture.features" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:dating De Palma" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">dating De Palma</a>. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection) </p>
‘Sisters’ (1972)

Kidder played double roles in Brian De Palma’s thriller Sisters, just a few years before he would direct horror classic Carrie and the iconic Scarface. At the time, Kidder was dating De Palma. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection)

<p>Kidder starred as a sorority girl being stalked in a film that teased, “If this picture doesn’t make your skin crawl, then it’s on too tight.” Over the years, the movie has been recognized as one of the first in the slasher genre and has become a cult favorite. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection) </p>
‘Black Christmas’ (1974)

Kidder starred as a sorority girl being stalked in a film that teased, “If this picture doesn’t make your skin crawl, then it’s on too tight.” Over the years, the movie has been recognized as one of the first in the slasher genre and has become a cult favorite. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection)

<p>Before Kidder became Superman’s lady love, she played superstar Robert Redford’s love interest in this action drama. Three years before <em>Superman</em>, she was on her way to higher-profile roles. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection) </p>
‘The Great Waldo Pepper’ (1975)

Before Kidder became Superman’s lady love, she played superstar Robert Redford’s love interest in this action drama. Three years before Superman, she was on her way to higher-profile roles. (Photo: Courtesy of Everett Collection)

<p>Besides the <i>Superman</i> franchise, Kidder’s most famous work was in this horror flick based on the experience of a family that claimed their home was haunted by the people who had been murdered there. Kidder played the family matriarch, alongside James Brolin, in what turned out to be a blockbuster and remains a horror classic. (Photo: American International/courtesy of Everett Collection) </p>
‘The Amityville Horror’ (1979)

Besides the Superman franchise, Kidder’s most famous work was in this horror flick based on the experience of a family that claimed their home was haunted by the people who had been murdered there. Kidder played the family matriarch, alongside James Brolin, in what turned out to be a blockbuster and remains a horror classic. (Photo: American International/courtesy of Everett Collection)

<p>Kidder played the Eliza Doolittle role that Audrey Hepburn helped make famous, in the 1983 TV movie <i>Pygmalion</i>. Eight-time Oscar nominee Peter O’Toole was her Henry Higgins. (Photo: 20th Century Fox Television/courtesy of Everett Collection) </p>
‘Pygmalion’ (1983)

Kidder played the Eliza Doolittle role that Audrey Hepburn helped make famous, in the 1983 TV movie Pygmalion. Eight-time Oscar nominee Peter O’Toole was her Henry Higgins. (Photo: 20th Century Fox Television/courtesy of Everett Collection)

<p>Kidder had a long list of TV credits, featuring guest roles on shows such as <i>The L Word</i> and <i>Law & Order: Special Victims Unit</i>, but she regularly played the eccentric drama teacher in this sitcom. The role notably marked <a href="https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/20264935/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:her return to show biz" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">her return to show biz</a> following what she called “<a href="https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/public-freak-history-margot-kidder-became-one-hollywoods-prominent-mental-health-advocates-211209301.html" data-ylk="slk:the most public freak-out in history;outcm:mb_qualified_link;_E:mb_qualified_link" class="link rapid-noclick-resp newsroom-embed-article">the most public freak-out in history</a>.” (Photo: Castle Rock Entertainment/courtesy of Everett Collection) </p>
‘Boston Common’ (1996-1997)

Kidder had a long list of TV credits, featuring guest roles on shows such as The L Word and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, but she regularly played the eccentric drama teacher in this sitcom. The role notably marked her return to show biz following what she called “the most public freak-out in history.” (Photo: Castle Rock Entertainment/courtesy of Everett Collection)

<p>When Kidder returned to the story of Superman — this time a younger version of the superhero — she played the minor role of Bridgette Crosby rather than Lois Lane. Actress Erica Durance played Lane and said Kidder had nothing but kind words for her when they met. “The first thing Margot ever said to me was, ‘You really hit it out of the park kid,’” Durance told <a href="http://people.com/movies/celebrities-remember-margot-kidder/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>People</i></a> following Kidder’s death. (Photo: WB Television Network) </p>
‘Smallville’ (2004)

When Kidder returned to the story of Superman — this time a younger version of the superhero — she played the minor role of Bridgette Crosby rather than Lois Lane. Actress Erica Durance played Lane and said Kidder had nothing but kind words for her when they met. “The first thing Margot ever said to me was, ‘You really hit it out of the park kid,’” Durance told People following Kidder’s death. (Photo: WB Television Network)

<p>Kidder won a Daytime Emmy Award for her 2014 guest role on the children’s show. Sadly, she completed only a handful of other roles before her death. (Photo: Hub Television Network) </p>
‘R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour’ (2014)

Kidder won a Daytime Emmy Award for her 2014 guest role on the children’s show. Sadly, she completed only a handful of other roles before her death. (Photo: Hub Television Network)

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