Margot Kidder, the actress best known for playing Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the original Superman films, has died.
The actress died at her home on Sunday, according to Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston, Montana.
Born in Canada, Kidder got her start in low-budget Canadian films and TV shows before landing a role in 1970’s Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx opposite Gene Wilder. She later appeared in Sisters, Robert Redford’s The Great Waldo Pepper and in the orginal The Amityville Horror.
I knew her a bit through my friend the late Michael O’Donoghue, who was the original headwriter of Saturday Night Live. She was part of the early days of SNL. When O’Dongue passed away suddenly in 1994, Kidder showed up for the wake held at O’Donoghue’s Manhattan townhouse. Michael’s widow, Cheryl Hardwick (former SNL bandleader) asked, at my suggestion, that people send all white flowers. I planned to make one giant arrangement for the wake using the flowers. O’Donoghue, know on SNL as Mr. Mike, used to send a dozen white roses with one red rose which he called “blood in the snow”. I was in charge of decor, covering all of the furniture, paintings and mirrors in black tule and black fabric. I asked Margot if she would go out get one perfect red rose while I made the arrangement in a giant urn on top of the gold baby grand piano (which now sits in my living room. The piano, not the urn.) Three hours later she returned. I asked what took her so long, to which she replied, in her signature smoker's rasp,
“I went all over town to 10 different florists to find the perfect one…“
She wanted to get THE perfect rose for her friend. It WAS perfect.
Margot Kidder was 69.