Margot Kidder, star of the Superman film series, has passed away

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Margaret Ruth Kidder, better known as Margot Kidder, passed away today at her home in Livingston, Montana. she was 69 years old.

Kidder starred opposite Christopher Reeves in the Superman films, from 1978-1983 and she is most remembered for the those films. But Kidder has a long list of credits in film and television that began in 1968 and includes such films as The Great Waldo Pepper, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, The Amityville Horror and Maverick.

Margot Kidder in Toronto, Canada, 2005 (Wikipedia)

In 1996 Kidder was in the news when she had a manic episode and nervous breakdown. Kidder was diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder and had the disease under control from then until her death.

Margot Kidder was born October 17, 1948,  in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, to a father who was an engineer and explosives expert, and a mother who was a history teacher. She migrated to the United States in the early 1970s to pursue an acting career.

On August 15, 2005, Kidder  became a U.S. citizen so she could take part in the voting process.  She had very liberal leanings, supporting progressive candidates and causes in both the United States and Canada. Kidder supported Sen. Bernie Sanders for the 2016 presidential elections and became bitter about the election process after the Democratic National Convention.

Kidder is survived by her daughter from her first marriage, Maggie McGuane.

Top photo is a YouTube screenshot of Margot Kidder and Christopher Reeves in the film Superman, The Movie