Actress Margot Kidder of "Superman" fame has died

Gone too soon Margot Kidder who starred in four Superman films has died at age 69 here she is seen in 1980 with Christopher Reeve in Superman II

Margot Kidder, famous for playing Lois Lane in "Superman", has died.

The actress was rocked by struggles with bipolar disorder in the 1990s and had a breakdown in 1996, which led to a brief stint with homelessness. While her cause of death is unknown, the Park Country Attorney, Bruce Becker, told TMZ that an unidentified person called 911 to report that Kidder was "unresponsive".

But her legacy, as least around here, will always be as Superman: The Movie's Lois Lane.

The actress also appeared in iconic film The Amityville Horror and bagged a series of small film roles throughout the 80s.

Kidder had been married and divorced three times.

Kidder suffered injuries to her neck in a 1990 vehicle accident on the set of a TV show that never made it to air.

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She famously disappeared for four days, before being found with her hair cut off and front teeth missing, apparently homeless.

Since the 2000s, her acting career had picked back up again and she was starring on Smallville, Brothers and Sisters, the L Word, R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour, and she was appearing on Broadway. She later became a major advocate in the mental illness community. But she has also starred opposite Robert Redford, Peter Fonda, and other well-known actors.

"I'd never read comics, so I didn't know much about Superman", she said in 2009.

Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeve in Superman. She is survived by a daughter who was born in 1976 during her first marriage to Thomas McGuane, as well as two grandchildren.

The film shot her to worldwide fame - something she later called "the weirdest thing in the world".

She spent the last decades of her life living in Montana and engaging in political activism as a liberal Democrat, including protesting US military action in Iraq.

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