Margot Kidder

Actor, Acting teacher, Director
Having emerged from the heady days of the free-spirited 1960s, actress Margot Kidder became instantly famous for her fiery take on Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in "Superman: The Movie" (1978). Prior to her ... Read more »
Born: 10/17/1948 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, CA

Filmography

Actor (99)

Hockey Mom 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Box Collector 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Secret World of Superfans 2014 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Redemption: For Robbing the Dead 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Halloween 2 2009 (Movie)

Barbara Collier (Actor)

On the Other Hand, Death 2008 (Movie)

Dorothy (Actor)

Brothers & Sisters 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Confessions of a Superhero 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

The L Word 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mary Higgins Clark's I'll Be Seeing You 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Smallville 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gene Roddenberry's "Earth: Final Conflict" 1997 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Crime and Punishment 2001 (Movie)

Mrs Katerina Marmeladov (Actor)

La Femme Nikita 1996 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Margot Kidder 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal 1996 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Society's Child 2001 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

The Annihilation of Fish 2001 (Movie)

Mrs Muldroone (Actor)

The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Common Ground 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Peter Benchley's "Amazon" 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hunger 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Margot Kidder 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1992 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tail Lights Fade 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hi-Line 1999 (Movie)

Laura Johnson (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1994 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tribulation 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Margot Kidder: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Clown at Midnight 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Boston Common 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burke's Law 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Never Met Picasso 1997 (Movie)

Genna Magnus (Actor)

Phantom 2040 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Henry & Verlin 1995 (Movie)

Mabel (Actor)

Young Ivanhoe 1994 (Movie)

Lady Margarite (Actor)

Curiosity Killed 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Pornographer 1992 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

The White Room 1990 (Movie)

Madame X (Actor)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mob Story 1989 (Movie)

Dolores (Actor)

Body of Evidence 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Shell Game 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman IV: the Quest for Peace 1987 (Movie)

Lois Lane (Actor)

Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords 1986 (Movie)

of Solitaire (Voice)

Keeping Track 1986 (Movie)

Mickey Tremaine (Actor)

Picking Up the Pieces 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Treasure 1985 (Movie)

Margo (Actor)

The Canadian Conspiracy 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Speaking Our Peace 1984 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Pygmalion 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Superman III 1983 (Movie)

Lois Lane (Actor)

Trenchcoat 1983 (Movie)

Mickey Raymond (Actor)

Bus Stop 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartaches 1982 (Movie)

Rita Harris (Actor)

Some Kind of Hero 1982 (Movie)

Toni Donovan (Actor)

Superman II 1981 (Movie)

Lois Lane (Actor)

Miss Right 1980 (Movie)

Juliet (Actor)

Mr. Mike's Mondo Video 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Amityville Horror 1979 (Movie)

Kathleen Lutz (Actor)

Willie & Phil 1979 (Movie)

Jeannette Sutherland (Actor)

Superman 1978 (Movie)

Lois Lane (Actor)

92 in the Shade 1975 (Movie)

Miranda (Actor)

Black Christmas 1975 (Movie)

Barb (Actor)

The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 (Movie)

Maude (Actor)

Honky Tonk 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Reincarnation of Peter Proud 1974 (Movie)

Marcia Curtis (Actor)

Gravy Train 1973 (Movie)

Margue (Actor)

Sisters 1973 (Movie)

Danielle Breton (Actor)

Such Dust As Dreams Are Made On 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

A Quiet Day in Belfast 1972 (Movie)

Bridgit Slattery (Actor)

Mantrap 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Nichols 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Gaily, Gaily 1969 (Movie)

Adeline (Actor)

Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx 1969 (Movie)

Zazel Pierce (Actor)

The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar 1967 (Movie)

Rosie Prometer (Actor)

Beanstalk (TV Show)

Actor

Bloodknot (TV Show)

Actor

Cool Money (TV Show)

Actor

Cursing at the Sun (TV Show)

Actor

Honky Tonk (Movie)

(Actor)

Louisiana (TV Show)

Actor

One Woman's Courage (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Cradle (TV Show)

Actor

Someone Is Watching (TV Show)

Actor

Suddenly Single (TV Show)

Actor

The Bounty Man (TV Show)

Actor

The Glitter Dome (TV Show)

Actor

The Industry (TV Show)

Actor

The Planet of Junior Brown (TV Show)

Actor

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

To Catch a Killer (TV Show)

Actor

Vanishing Act (TV Show)

Actor

Windrunner (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

And Again 1974 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

And Again 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Having emerged from the heady days of the free-spirited 1960s, actress Margot Kidder became instantly famous for her fiery take on Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in "Superman: The Movie" (1978). Prior to her career-defining role, Kidder made her first major film with former beau, director Brian De Palma, in "Sisters" (1973), though she struggled for several years until playing Lane. She followed up with "The Amityville Horror" (1979) and reprised Lois Lane for "Superman II" (1981), only to see the studio cut down her role to the bare minimum for "Superman III" (1983). Meanwhile, Kidder lived quite the colorful life off screen, marrying multiple times - including actor James Heard for a mere six weeks - while having dalliances with De Palma, Steven Spielberg and Richard Pryor. Kidder privately battled bipolar disorder throughout her life, but suddenly found herself the center of unwanted attention in 1996 when she publicly had a manic episode that lead to her being discovered disheveled in a cardboard box with a homeless man. In being forced to confront her problems, however, Kidder finally overcame her illness and found something resembling peace, as she continued to appear onscreen in films like "Halloween II" (2009) while proving herself to be a true survivor.

Relationships

Brian De Palma Director

Companion
Had relationship in early 1970s

John Heard Actor

Husband
married for six weeks in 1979 divorced c. 1980

Kendall Kidder

Father
explosives expert

Jill Kidder

Mother

John Kidder

Brother

Annie Kidder

Sister

Maggie McGuane

Daughter
born c. 1975

Thomas McGuane

Husband
"married" themselves in England in 1973 married legally c. 1975 when daughter Maggie was nine months old divorced in 1977

Richard Pryor Actor

Companion

Steven Spielberg Executive Producer

Companion
Had relationship in the early 1970s

Pierre Trudeau

Companion
former Canadian Prime Minister dated in 1981

Philippe de Broca Director

Husband
Married in 1983 divorced in 1984

EDUCATION

AFI Conservatory

1974

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia
attended for one year

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1974

Magee Secondary School

Vancouver, British Columbia
graduated two years early

Milestones

1996

After behaving erratically in public and subsequently disappearing for three days, found behind a woodpile in the backyard of a suburban Glendale, CA, home, ragged, dirty and babbling incoherently about a plot against her

1996

Did a guest shot on the NBC sitcom "Boston Common" as an acting teacher; character returned in recurring status

1995

Moved to Livingstone, Montana

1995

Appeared in first major theatrical role, touring in "Stieglitz Loves O'Keefe", as artist Georgia O'Keefe

1995

Completed work in "Never Met Picasso", a gay-themed, low-budget independent feature that received festival screenings in 1996

1994

Provided a voice for "Phantom 2040", a syndicated cartoon sci-fi series extrapolated from Lee Falk's comic strip

1994

Relocated to Prague after filming there

1992

Declared bankruptcy; sold her home and jewelry

1992

Did a guest shot on an episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt" entitled "Curiosity Killed"

1990

Provided narration for "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", an HBO children's animated series based on four of the six Oz books by L. Frank Baum

1990

Injured in a car accident on the set of "Nancy Drew and Daughter", a Canadian cable TV production; incurred three damaged discs in her neck

1988

First diagnosed with manic-depression; rejected the diagnosis and the prescribed course of treatment

1987

Starred on the CBS comedy-drama series "Shell Game", as a con artist turned investigative journalist (series was a short-lived mid-season replacement)

1986

Provided a voice for the children's animated feature "Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords"

1984

TV miniseries acting debut, "Louisiana" (Cinemax), a Franco-Canadian co-production helmed by future husband Philippe de Broca

1983

Portrayed Eliza Doolittle (opposite Peter O'Toole's Henry Higgins) in a Showtime adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion"

1978

Breakthrough feature lead, played Lois Lane in "Superman" (reprised the role in three sequels in 1980, 1983 and 1987)

1975

Appeared in "92 in the Shade", a feature written and directed by husband Tom McGuane

1975

Filmmaking debut, wrote and directed the short film "And Again"

1973

Moved to Billings, MT to be with writer Tom McGuane (date approximate)

1970

TV-movie acting debut, "Suddenly Single", an ABC drama about the swinging singles scene

1970

TV series debut on "Nichols", an NBC Western set in the early 20th century; played Ruth, the barmaid girlfriend of series star James Garner

1969

First feature lead, "Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx", an Irish-shot comedy starring Gene Wilder

1968

Film debut in Jewison's "Gaily, Gaily"

1968

Began seeing psychiatrists about her mood swings (date approximate)

Confined to a county psychiatric hospital for observation; diagnosed with manic-depression and prescribed lithium

While attending the University of British Columbia, wrote to director Norman Jewison in Los Angeles; accepting Jewison's invitation to contact him if ever in town, flew to Los Angeles; persuded Jewison to let her audition

Appeared in the CD-ROM game "Under a Killing Moon" as Bartender

First screen appearance, played a troubled teen in the Canadian Broadcasting Company TV-movie, "Moose Fever"

Regained mobility after submitting to surgery

Moved to Los Angeles at age 18

Changed name from Margaret to Margot

Abandoning husband and daughter, moved to London where she auditioned for the part of Lois Lane in the first "Superman" feature

Became severely disturbed upon discovering that she had lost three years of work on her memoirs "Calamities" due to a computer problem

Refusing surgery, was often confined to a wheelchair over the next two years due to muscle spasms

Ruined financially when insurance company refused to pay her bills

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