'Superman' actress Margot Kidder has died; she was 69

'Superman' actress Margot Kidder has died; she was 69

Margot candidly spoke out about her battle with bipolar disorder, which she suffered for years.

Hatcher, who starred as Lane in the ABC series "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" for four seasons, shared a famous photo of Kidder wearing a sweater with the Superman symbol emblazoned on the chest.

In this way, she turned that dark chapter into something positive. It's also worth noting that Kidder apparently dealt with some mental health issues in the 90s that resulted in some run-ins with law enforcement that made the headlines at the time.

"We are all. a breath away from mental illness, homelessness, all these things we tend to look down on", she told a Toronto convention in 2006. Joan Alexander and Noel Neill were among the early Lanes, whose coltish spirit often landed them in trouble with enemy agents and other foes bent on destroying the American way of life.

Five months after her manic incident, she opened up to People magazine saying she had "mood swings that could knock over a building". "I'll miss you Margot Kidder".

Several months later, she revealed her diagnosis to People. In 1996, she was missing for days when the police found her and took her to Olive View-UCLA Medical Center.

It is not yet known what Kidder died from. She had banked a 10-year body of work in TV and movies by the time "Superman" arrived.

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The actress's cause of death is unknown, and TMZ reports she is survived by one daughter.

Even as Kidder portrayed a strong feminist icon in an otherwise male franchise, she struggled with the pressure cooker of Hollywood - and with her own demons.

She also dated late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, directors Steven Spielberg and Tom Mankiewicz, and comedian Richard Pryor. There also were episodes of freaky behavior, and an auto accident that left her bankrupt and partially paralyzed, People added. It wasn't until she was forced into therapy that she was able to get a handle on her health. She later said she had long lived free of any manic episodes, according to the Daily Mail. Her first film was the Norman Jewison comedy "Gaily, Gaily" in 1969. She even continued to act up until previous year in a movie called The Neighborhood, which is a Canadian drama.

She also appeared in The Amityville Horror, Smallville, and many other TV shows and films, and won an Emmy for her performance as Mrs. Worthington in R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.

"She was very, very happy living with her dogs in Montana and being part of a really strong community", said Annie Kidder.

She also was a prominent political activist, campaigning against the Gulf War, energy fracking and in support of Democrat Bernie Sanders in the 2016 US presidential election. She was an outspoken political, environmental, and anti-war activist, speaking out and protesting on behalf of the state of Montana against irresponsible drilling and pipeline leaks.

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