'Superman' star Margot Kidder dies at 69

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The cause of death was last night unknown.

Kidder played Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve's Superman in the 1978 film and continued on in that role for the next three sequels.

In her personal life, Kidder endured mental health issues, including a manic depression diagnoses and injuries from an on-set auto accident that left her using a wheelchair for two years.

Kumail Nanjiani highlighted Kidder's performance in Bob Clark's "Black Christmas", writing, "It introduced some elements that are now genre tropes and she's fantastic in it".

Lois's first meeting with her becaped intended, caught in mid-air after falling from a helicopter is one of the great introductions in cinema - 'You've got me?

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The next year she was cast opposite Beau Bridges in Gaily, Gaily, but it did little for her profile.

"So the energy we had was one of brother and sister, which was often bickering, that took the place of romantic energy", she said.

"It is a privilege to have shared the same role of Lois Lane with this wonderful actress", Hatcher wrote. It was also the time when her battle with bipolarism flared up.

Watch Video: Margot Kidder, "Lois Lane" in four Superman films, mental health advocate, dies at 69. She was an activist all her life and much like Lane wasn't afraid to speak out for what she thought was right.

After three marriages and thousands of dollars in medical bills, Kidder found herself homeless in 1996 as she struggled with bipolar disorder.

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According to her manager, the actress died peacefully in her sleep. The comic book movie was the most expensive project to be released at that point, costing $55 million and it was a huge critical and financial success.

She is survived by her only daughter, Maggie McGuane.

"It introduced some elements that are now genre tropes and she's fantastic in it", comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani said on Twitter.

The star also dated former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau, directors Brian De Palma, writer/director Tom Mankiewicz and Steven Spielberg, as well as stand-up comedian Richard Pryor.

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