Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Finance | By Cynthia Curry

Margot Kidder, Star Of "Superman: The Movie", Passes Away At 69

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"What happened to me-the biggest nervous breakdown in history, bar possibly Vivien Leigh's-is not so uncommon", Kidder told The Guardian in a 2005 interview. How did she die? She passed away at her home on Sunday in Montana. The weight of fame, three marriages, and preposterous medical bills became too much for her-or anyone, for that matter-to process.

Sarah Douglas, who played super villain Ursa in the 1978 Superman movie and Superman II in 1980, also penned an emotional tribute alongside a picture of her and Margot. It's not known at this time if her bipolar disorder had any connection to her death. Kidder got the acting bug after seeing shows on Broadway. Kidder said that her mood swings "could knock over a building", and that it was hard for her to see that there was anything wrong with her actions.

Margot Kidder was born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada and was one of five children.

The next year she was cast opposite Beau Bridges in Gaily, Gaily, but it did little for her profile.

A Canadian-born actress and activist, Kidder appeared in various small films before starring inQuackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx opposite Gene Wilder in1970.

Erica Durance, who played Lois Lane on The WB/The CW's long-running Superman series "Smallville" from 2004 to 2011, took to Twitter in honor of Kidder, who was actually on the WB show for a couple episodes in Season 4. From there, she kicked off a career that included movies such as The Gravy Train, Black Christmas, The Great Waldo Pepper and The Amityville Horror.

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She also dated late Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, directors Steven Spielberg and Tom Mankiewicz, and comedian Richard Pryor.

She also briefly Wednesday French director Philippe de Broca.

She reportedly made $700,000 on the third Superman film, a huge increase from the estimated $110,000 she made in the first film. At the time, Kidder had been working on an autobiography when her laptop computer was infected with a virus, which caused it to crash and her to lose three years' worth of drafts.

Kidder is survived by her daughter, Maggie McGuane and two grandchildren.

This is a developing story.

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