Margot Kidder (pictured above), the actress who gained fame as Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in 1978’s “Superman:The Movie,” died last Sunday. She was 69.
On April 23, 1996, Kidder was found disoriented and in disarray in the backyard of a Glendale home after going missing for four days. She was later placed under psychiatric care, and soon became an activist for mental health issues.
“After ‘Superman’ came out, I found it very difficult and hard to deal with. There is a sense of having to put on this phony face when you go out in public,” Kidder said in 1997. “I wasn’t very good at it, and it filled me with anxiety and panic. I had to hide the manic depression, for one thing. I just felt inadequate for the job.”
Kidder was awarded the Courage in Mental Health Award from the California Women’s Mental Health Policy Council in 2001.
John Williams composed the “love theme” for the original Superman movie.