‘Superman’ actress Margot Kidder dies at 69

Margot Kidder, the Canadian actress who starred as a salty and cynical Lois Lane alongside Christopher Reeve in the “Superman” film franchise of the 1970s and 1980s, has died at the age of 69.

Kidder’s manager Camilla Fluxman Pines said she died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday. Police in Livingston, Montana, said in a statement that officers were called to Kidder’s home, where they found her dead.An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause, but no foul play is suspected.

Kidder had many of the movies’ most memorable lines, including “You’ve got me?! Who’s got you?!” when she first encountered the costumed hero as she and a helicopter plunged from the top of a Metropolis building.

Kidder and Reeve were relative unknowns when they got their leading parts in the first of the films in 1978, which also included big names Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando. Kidder and Reeve went on to star in three more “Superman” movies, the fourth and last in 1987.

Kidder also had a small part in 1975′s “The Great Waldo Pepper” with Robert Redford, and starred as conjoined twins in Brian De Palma’s 1973 “Sisters,” and as the mother of a terrorized family opposite James Brolin in 1979′s “The Amityville Horror.”

SUPERMAN II, Margot Kidder, Christopher Reeve, 1980, (c) Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection

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