Superman actor Margot Kidder passes away at 69

Margot Kidder Christopher Reeve at the 51st Annual Academy Awards

Margot Kidder Christopher Reeve at the 51st Annual Academy Awards

Kidder starred opposite Christopher Reeve's Clark Kent and his alter ego Superman in the original film as well as the three sequels: "Superman II" in 1980, "Superman III" in 1983 and "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace" in 1987.

As well as being an active mental health campaigner, Kidder was also a vocal opponent of the divisive Keystone XL oil pipeline and was arrested in 2011 as she protested against its development outside the White House. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed.

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Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston, Montana, posted a notice saying Kidder died on Sunday at her home there at the age of 69.

Co-creator of several Marvel characters, Brian Michael Bendis, remembered the actor and wrote, "I rewatched all the superman the movie extras when we were prepping on powers and Margot Kidder's audition is a ideal moment for the flawless actor".

Margaret Ruth Kidder was born in Canada and honed her acting skills on TV shows such as McQueen, Nichols, Banacek and Mod Squad before becoming a movie star.

But all was not easy for her and for her Superman. "Nothing prepares anyone for that sudden thing of being world famous, it was such a shock", she said.

DC Comics' Twitter account paid tribute, writing, "Thank you for being the Lois Lane so many of us grew up with".

Mark Hammil wrote, "On-screen she was magic".

She had been open about her battle with bipolar disorder and had previously been made homeless whilst struggling with the illness in 1996. A manic episode left Kidder disoriented and living rough for a few days in Los Angeles, an experience she went on to discuss publicly as she advocated for mental health issues.

She was married and divorced three times and is survived by her only child, daughter Maggie, and three children. Off-screen she was one of the kindest, sweetest, most caring woman I've ever known.

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