Margot Kidder
Actress
Margot Kidder
Margaret Ruth "Margot" Kidder is a Canadian-born American actress. She is perhaps best known for playing Lois Lane in four Superman movies from 1978 to 1987.
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
This week: Die Hard! The Muppet Christmas Carol! Black Christmas! Silent Night, Deadly Night! MAYBE CHRISTMAS ISN'T AWFUL AFTER ALL??? 12 Years a Slave Solomon (the brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man, living in the North, who is abducted into slavery in 1841. Twelve years later, he's released. During those 12 years, he is a slave, and something of a stand-in for the modern viewer: He's intelligent, he's educated, and most crucially, he's attuned to the horror and injustice that surrounds him. Our attempts to comprehend life under slavery parallel his own: We share his terror when he wakes up in chains after a night of heavy drinking with two friendly-seeming white men. We understand his urge to fight back against those who have separated him from his family. We chafe to find him at the mercy of men who are his physical and intellectual inferior. And, through his eyes, the utterly schizophrenic nature of slavery is revea ...
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'Man Of Steel': The Importance Of Lois Lane
MTV News - almost 4 years
by Brett White With "Man of Steel" opening today in theaters, all attention is currently fixated on Superman. But there's another character that has been by his side for 75 years, who debuted right alongside him in "Action Comics" #1 way back in 1938, and who is incredibly important to the Superman mythos. That character is Lois Lane, the fearless reporter whose human courage inspires even Earth's powerful alien protector. The legendary character is brought to life in the new film by Amy Adams, who inherited her press pass from Kate Bosworth, Erica Durance, Dana Delaney, Teri Hatcher, Margot Kidder, Phyllis Coates and Noel Neill, among others. But when you're paired up with a man who can punch mountains, you're bound to get overlooked. We're here to make sure that doesn't happen. Without Lois Lane, there is no Superman. To give the character some much deserved attention, we approached a panel of comic creators, journalists and fans to get the lowdown on Lois Lane. "Lois is cent ...
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Watch this trailer for the upcoming Seattle movie with Marshawn Lynch
Seattle Pi - over 4 years
In case you forgot, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has a part in an upcoming movie. Finally, we’ve got a trailer to watch. The movie, “Matt’s Chance,” is from local production house Mirror Images and was shot in and around Seattle. Directed by Seattle’s Nicholas Gyeney, the film stars Edward Furlong, Gary Busey, Lee Majors and Margot Kidder. Oh, and Marshawn Lynch. In the dark comedy, Lynch plays a mob security guard — credited as a “massive goon” — and has just one line. In fact, that one line is included in the trailer. “I only have one line and, I mean, it’s been the toughest line,” Lynch told King [...]
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9 Once Rich And Famous People Who Became Homeless
Business Insider - over 4 years
Not all stories have fairy-tale endings. We gave you the inspiring stories of homeless people who became rich and famous, but here are some examples that show how riches can turn into rags. Blame it on drug abuse, chronic illness, poor financial planning, or just bad luck. When times got tough for these stars, they had nowhere else to turn but shelters and the streets.  Once Lois Lane in the Superman movies, Margot Kidder was found wandering the streets after a long battle with mental illness Kidder, the actress who played Superman's love interest Lois Lane in the Christopher Reeve-era films, was once a Hollywood star who dated "bigs like Richard Pryor and Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau." According to Daily Finance, Kidder battled schizophrenia and manic depression and even refused treatment at one time. "[P]lagued by paranoia, [Kidder] slept in cardboard boxes and backyards around Los Angeles in 1996. With her front teeth missing and her hair hacked off, a disheve ...
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Clarissa Burt: My Day at PopCon
Huffington Post - over 4 years
After weeks of hoping, waiting, and speculating, on July 6, PopCon, the first annual pop culture convention, finally descended upon the City of Angels and has opened up its doors to the eagerly awaiting public. Now that it had finally arrived, I began the day hoping to get a taste of what PopCon had to offer. So, I threw on my media pass, grabbed my recording device, and stepped inside the LA Convention Center to see what all the fuss was about. The first thing I noticed when I walked into the convention room was the large amount of tables set up everywhere, and the huge variety of them. There was a smattering of everything, from booths for organizations and clubs -- such as the R2-D2 builders club amongst others -- to tables promoting celebrities of all types, like James Hong (Kung Fu Panda), Margot Kidder (Superman), Alisa Reyes (All That), Tony Curran (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), and more. I decided to visit the organizational booths first. One of the more in ...
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Fracking Debate At Aspen Ideas Fest Changes Minds
Huffington Post - over 4 years
From The Colorado Independent's Troy Hooper: ASPEN — After an Oxford-style debate Sunday night, environmental attorneys Deborah Goldberg and Katherine Hudson convinced 15 percent of the audience here to change their minds about hydraulic fracturing. Before the debate, only 38 percent of the audience agreed that the detriments of hydraulic fracturing are greater than its benefits but afterward, 53 percent agreed fracking does more harm than good. “There are hundreds of millions of dollars being spent to ensure that this industry can continue to operate without the science and without the protections we need — $320 million spent on lobbying the federal government in just two years,” Goldberg said. “As a result, what we are hearing now is not how we’re going to end our addiction to fossil fuels, but instead, a hundred years of gas. Now, a hundred years of gas is based on extracting every molecule of gas from all of our reserves, even those that we haven’t actually discovere ...
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Around Town: Legendary films and Herb Ritts photos
LATimes - almost 5 years
In conjunction with its current photography exhibition, "Herb Ritts: L.A. Style," the Getty presents a new film series, "What Becomes a Legend," which opens Saturday afternoon with the famed 1921 romance "The Sheik," starring silent screen heartthrob Rudolph Valentino in one of his seminal roles. Another iconic figure from the silent era, Louise Brooks, headlines the evening's feature, G.W. Pabst's 1929 classic, "Pandora's Box," in which Brooks plays the sexual gadfly Lulu. Sunday afternoon's offering is 1930's romantic melodrama "Morocco," Josef von Sternberg's first film in the U.S. with his muse, Marlene Dietrich. She received her first and only best actress Oscar nomination for the film, which also stars Gary Cooper. The evening screening is the 1946 film noir "Gilda," starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. The series continues May 5-6.  http://www.gettyedu. The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre celebrates "Midnight in Paris: A Tribute to Jacques Prevert and Marcel Car ...
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9 famous people who spent time in a mental institution
guyism - almost 5 years
People go nuts all the time or are found wandering down the street in only their underwear and a deranged smile, and the only thing this earns most people is a trip to the funny farm and a reputation among their friends and family for being completely bonkers, which is sad because, really, these people should be applauded for getting the help they need. (There. There is the standard “Mental illness is not a joke and should be treated with the utmost respect and gravity” line which will surely be demanded by the humorless drones who get a wild hair up their asses about this sort of thing. Calm down, people, there’s no need to go crazy.) But famous people are different. They just are. Not only are they made of a special blend of gold, honey and angel dust, when they go crazy, the whole world inevitably knows about it, not just their loved ones. This is the price of fame. Celebrities are also different in that there seems to be something in their makeup which is not just conduc ...
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Photos: Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch on the set of a movie
Seattle Pi - almost 5 years
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was back in town this week to appear in a movie being filmed in Seattle. As we reported earlier, he’ll be featured along with actors Gary Busey, Edward Furlong, Lee Majors and Margot Kidder in a flick called “Matt’s Chance,” from local studio Mirror Images. Seattlepi.com photographer Joshua Trujillo headed to this week’s shooting location, the iMusic nightclub in Lower Queen Anne, to catch Lynch in action during his first acting gig. The photo gallery is below. In the dark comedy, Lynch plays a “mob security guard” — credited as a “massive goon” — and has just one line: “Relax.” “I only have one line [...]
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Daryl Hannah Arrested For Protesting Outside White House - Artistdirect.com
Google News - over 5 years
Hannah was released after paying a $100 fine, following her arrest for failure to obey a lawful order. This is the second time an actress has been arrested protesting this oil pipeline. Margot Kidder of Superman fame was arrested last week. ... - -
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Names & faces - Washington Post
Google News - over 5 years
Last Tuesday, “Superman” actress Margot Kidder was tossed in the paddywagon. It's not even Hannah's first civil disobedience arrest — in 2006 she was picked up during a demonstration to save urban gardens in Los Angeles, and again in 2009,
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Anti-oilsands sit-in urged for Ottawa - CBC.ca
Google News - over 5 years
The civil disobedience is inspired by action in Washington, DC, this week in which Canadian actress Margot Kidder and dozens of others were arrested. The Council of Canadians, Indigenous Environmental Network and Greenpeace Canada hope to make the
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Margot Kidder arrested at White House oil protest - CBC.ca
Google News - over 5 years
Beginning of Story Content Canadian actors Margot Kidder and Tantoo Cardinal have been arrested while protesting in Washington to stop construction of an oil pipeline from Alberta's oilsands to Texas. Kidder, who played Lois Lane in the first four ... - -
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Margot Kidder: Why I Joined the Tar Sands Action - YouTube
Google News - over 5 years
http://www.tarsandsaction.org/ Video by Steve Liptay
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Margot Kidder marches on Washington - Toronto Star
Google News - over 5 years
Margot Kidder became Hollywood's most famous Canadian by playing Lois Lane in four Superman movies. But later, when she was orchestrating a comeback after a series of disasters, she took on a gig doing the voice of a character named Earth Mother in the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Margot Kidder
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 67
    In an article expressing her reaction to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, she wrote, "I am not an American tonight...
    More Details Hide Details I reject the words I voiced at my citizenship ceremony." In addition to her campaigning in the United States, Kidder has expressed support for liberal causes in Canada. In 2011, she supported her brother, John Kidder, in Vancouver, who was running to be a member of Canada's Parliament.: I'm here not only because John is a dream candidate but because I'm living in the end game in the United States and it's not funny. Canada is starting the same sort of right-wing, corporate ownership of government, corporate tradeoffs with government, smear campaigns, `let's lower the corporate tax rate without mentioning it's going to up the private tax rates' It's happening in Canada. God forbid if anyone should bring up privatizing health care. Kidder became a United States citizen on August 17, 2005, in Butte, Montana; she lives in Livingston, Montana. She said that she decided to become an American citizen to participate in the voting process, to continue her protests against U.S. intervention in Iraq, and to be free of worries about being deported.
  • 2015
    Age 66
    On August 22, 2015, Kidder was named the host of a dinner event by the Yellowstone County Democrats in Billings, Montana called "Billings for Bernie" in support of Bernie Sanders' presidential primary bid.
    More Details Hide Details She has contributed articles to CounterPunch, a left-wing magazine, beginning in 2009.
  • 2012
    Age 63
    In 2012, she appeared in a video for Stop the Frack Attack, an environmental organization working toward regulating fracking practices.
    More Details Hide Details When discussing sustainable energy, Kidder said: "The first thing people have to start facing, contrary to the advertising fed to us by oil and gas companies, is that environmentalism and economic stability go hand-in-hand on any long term basis."
  • 2011
    Age 62
    On August 23, 2011, Kidder, Tantoo Cardinal, and dozens of others were arrested while protesting in Washington D.C. against the proposed extension of the Keystone Pipeline.
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  • 2009
    Age 60
    As of November 2009, Kidder was the Montana State Coordinator for Progressive Democrats of America.
    More Details Hide Details The organization's website carried her article "Ax Max", in which she criticized Max Baucus, Montana's Democratic senator.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 58
    In 2007, Kidder said that she had not had a manic episode in 11 years, and has credited her well-being to orthomolecular medicine.
    More Details Hide Details Kidder has been a longtime supporter of Democratic and liberal causes throughout her career. She has credited her interest in politics to conversations her parents would have over the dinner table during her childhood; her mother was Canadian with socialist leanings, while her father was originally from the United States, and was a conservative Republican.
    In 2007, Kidder began appearing on the television series Brothers and Sisters, playing Emily Craft.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, Kidder briefly returned to the Superman franchise in two episodes of the television series Smallville, as Dr. Bridgette Crosby, an emissary of Dr. Swann (played by her Superman co-star, Christopher Reeve).
  • 2006
    Age 57
    In 2006, Kidder played Jenny Schecter's mother Sandy Ziskin on The L Word, a repressed Jewish woman coming to terms with her daughter's sexuality.
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  • 2002
    Age 53
    Kidder appeared on Broadway in The Vagina Monologues in December 2002, and toured with the show for two years.
    More Details Hide Details After this, she appeared on Robson Arms, a Canadian sitcom set in an apartment block in Vancouver's west end. She played a quirky neighbor of the main cast members. She also had a cameo in Rich Hall's Election Special on BBC Four.
    In 2002, she appeared alongside Crispin Glover and Vanessa Redgrave in the film adaptation of Crime and Punishment.
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  • 2001
    Age 52
    In 2001, she played the abusive mother of a serial killer in "Pique", an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
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  • 2000
    Age 51
    In 2000, Kidder played Eileen Canboro in Apocalypse III: Tribulation, a Christian film dealing with Christian eschatology and the Rapture.
    More Details Hide Details Kidder stated afterwards that she did not realize until she was on the set that the movie was serious.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 47
    By the mid-1990s, Kidder's career began to decline, which was attributed to her widely publicized nervous breakdown in 1996.
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  • 1994
    Age 45
    In 1994 she took time to appear in the Disney Channel movie WindRunner, with Russell Means and Jason Wiles.
    More Details Hide Details She made uncredited cameo appearances in Maverick (1994) and Delirious (1991).
    In 1994, Kidder played the bartender at the Broken Skull Tavern in Under a Killing Moon, an IBM PC adventure game.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 37
    In 1986 she was selected as the English narrator for the Japanese animated series The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
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  • 1984
    Age 35
    She actively supported Jesse Jackson's bid for the Democratic nomination in the 1984 U.S. presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1990s, during the first Gulf War, Kidder was branded a "Baghdad Betty" and subjected to abuse for her remarks questioning the war. In a piece called "Confessions of 'Baghdad Betty'", styled as a letter to her mother and printed in The Nation, Kidder responded by explaining and defending her statements.
  • 1983
    Age 34
    In 1983, she produced and starred as Eliza Doolittle in a version of Pygmalion with Peter O'Toole for Showtime.
    More Details Hide Details She produced and starred in the French-Canadian period television film Louisiana (1984) as a plantation owner in the American South who returns from Paris to find her estate and holdings have been lost. Body of Evidence (1988), a CBS Movie of the Week, cast Kidder as nurse who is suspicious that her medical pathologist second husband is a serial killer.
  • 1982
    Age 33
    A 1982 stage performance of Bus Stop starring Kidder as Cherie and Tim Matheson as Bo, was broadcast on HBO.
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  • 1981
    Age 32
    Her performance in 1981's Heartaches generated critical acclaim and Oscar buzz.
    More Details Hide Details As court stenographer-cum-private eye Mickey Raymond, the PG rating that 1983's Trenchcoat received led Disney to launch Touchstone Pictures. She appeared opposite James Garner in the controversial Hollywood crime drama The Glitter Dome (1984). In 1985, she toplined Little Treasure for Columbia Tri-Star with co-stars Ted Danson and Burt Lancaster, where she played a distraught stripper looking for her bank robber-father's buried fortune.
  • 1979
    Age 30
    She was married to actor John Heard in 1979 for only six days, and was married to French film director Philippe de Broca from 1983 to 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Since her divorce from De Broca, she has said that she prefers the companionship of her dogs. Kidder has two grandchildren from her daughter's marriage to novelist Walter Kirn. She maintained a close friendship with her Superman co-star Christopher Reeve, which lasted from 1978 until his death in 2004. "When you're strapped to someone hanging from the ceiling for months and months, you get pretty darned close," Kidder told CBS. "He was such a huge part of my life... He was complicated, very smart, really smart, and he knew he'd done something meaningful. He was very aware of that and very happy with that role." Kidder was in a car crash in December 1990, after which she was unable to work for two years, causing her financial problems. Kidder has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which was the cause of a widely publicized manic episode that she experienced in April 1996. 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 flew to Los Angeles to have the computer examined by a data retrieval company, who ultimately were unable to retrieve the files. Kidder then entered a manic state and disappeared for four days. She was found in a backyard by a homeowner and was taken by the Los Angeles Police Department to Olive View Medical Center in a distressed state, the caps on her teeth having been knocked out during a purported rape attempt.
    Kidder's performance as Kathy Lutz in the 1979 summer release of The Amityville Horror further cemented her status as one of Hollywood's leading ladies.
    More Details Hide Details Though it received mixed reviews from critics, The Amityville Horror was a major commercial success, grossing over $86 million in the United States. Janet Maslin of The New York Times, though giving the film a mixed review, said Kidder "stubbornly remains the bright-eyed life of the party the film." In retrospect, Kidder called the film "a piece of shit." The same year, Kidder hosted an episode of the American sketch comedy TV show Saturday Night Live. Kidder continued to work in film throughout the 1980s, appearing in Paul Mazursky's Willie & Phil, Some Kind of Hero and The Reincarnation of Peter Proud.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 29
    After doing a reading of Lois Lane for the 1978 superhero film Superman: The Movie, Kidder was flown to England by Richard Donner for screen-tests.
    More Details Hide Details Donner ultimately cast Kidder in the role, which would become her most iconic. Filming took over a year, and the film was released during Christmas 1978, to major commercial success. Kidder won a Saturn Award for best actress for her performance in the film. Kidder publicly disagreed with the decision of producers Alexander Salkind and Ilya Salkind to replace Richard Donner as director for Superman II (1980). It was reported that as a result, Kidder's role in Superman III (1983) consisted of less than five minutes of footage, though the producers have denied this in DVD commentaries. Her role in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) was more substantial.
  • 1976
    Age 27
    After taking a break from acting after the birth of her daughter in 1976, Kidder sought to return to making films in the late 1970s.
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  • 1975
    Age 26
    She appeared on the March 9, 1975 edition of The American Sportsman, learning how to hang glide with her providing the narration and a remote microphone recording her reactions in flight; the segment concluded with Kidder doing solos soaring amid the Wyoming Rockies.
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    In 1975, Kidder was cast in a lead role in The Great Waldo Pepper opposite Robert Redford, followed by 92 in the Shade (1975) with Peter Fonda, both of which established her as a commercially viable leading lady.
    More Details Hide Details Kidder famously married the director of 92 in the Shade, Thomas McGuane.
  • 1974
    Age 25
    She then starred in the slasher film Black Christmas in 1974, for which she won a Canadian Film Award for Best Actress; followed by a role as a prostitute in the Terrence Malick-scripted The Gravy Train (1974).
    More Details Hide Details She received another Canadian Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in the war drama A Quiet Day in Belfast (1974).
  • 1972
    Age 23
    She was a guest star in a 1972 episode of the George Peppard detective series Banacek.
    More Details Hide Details After moving to Los Angeles, Kidder was cast opposite Gene Wilder in Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970). as an exchange student in Ireland who becomes the love interest of a poor horse manure collector in Dublin whom she almost runs over with her car. After filming in Ireland, Kidder relocated to New York City to further study acting. A year later, she returned to California, and was cast in the Brian De Palma cult classic Sisters (1973), which gained notoriety for both director and Kidder, who as leading lady, portrayed conjoined twins. Kidder had been in a relationship with De Palma at the time, and had been roommates with co-star Jennifer Salt in Los Angeles.
  • 1970
    Age 21
    During an August 3, 1970 interview on The Dick Cavett Show, Kidder stated that she was ambivalent toward having a film career, and was considering working as a film editor in the future.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in "Such Dust As Dreams Are Made On", the first pilot for Harry O which aired in March 1973.
    In the late 1960s, Kidder was based in Toronto, and in 1970, relocated to Vancouver.
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  • 1969
    Age 20
    Her first major feature was the 1969 American film Gaily, Gaily, a comedy starring Beau Bridges.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in a number of TV drama series for the CBC, including guest appearances on Wojeck, Adventures in Rainbow Country, and a semi-regular role as a young reporter on McQueen, and as a panelist on Mantrap which featured discussions centered on a feminist perspective. During the 1971–72 season, she co-starred as barmaid Ruth in Nichols, a James Garner western, which aired 22 episodes on NBC.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 17
    Kidder attended multiple schools in her youth, and graduated from Havergal College, a boarding school in Toronto, in 1966.
    More Details Hide Details She has a sister, Annie, and three brothers, John, Michael and Peter. Kidder's niece, Janet Kidder, is also an actress. Kidder made her film debut in a 49-minute film titled The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar (1968), a drama set in a Canadian logging community, which was produced by the Challenge for Change.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Born
    Her father was manager of the Yellowknife Telephone Company from 1948 to 1951.
    More Details Hide Details Kidder recalled her childhood in northern Canada, saying, "We didn't have movies in this little mining town. When I was 12 my mom took me to New York and I saw Bye Bye Birdie, with people singing and dancing, and that was it. I knew I had to go far away. I was clueless, but I done okay."
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