Margot Ruth Kidder MP

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Birthplace: Yellowknife, Fort Smith Region, Northwest Territories, Canada
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Immediate Family

    • Thomas
      ex-husband
    • Maggie
      daughter
    • ex-husband
    • John
      ex-husband
    • Jocelyn
      mother
    • Annie
      sister
    • John
      brother
    • Michael
      brother
    • Peter
      brother
    • Anne
      ex-husband's daughter
    • Thomas
      ex-husband's son

About Margot Ruth Kidder

The daughter of a mining engineer, Canadian actress Margot Kidder rose to fame playing Lois Lane in the four Superman movies opposite Christopher Reeve.

She was born Margaret Ruth Kidder on October 17, 1948 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, the daughter of Jill (née Wilson), a history teacher, and Kendall Kidder, an explosives expert and mining engineer. One of five children, she has a sister, Annie, and three brothers, John, Michael and Peter.

While attending the University of British Columbia, Kidder was talked into appearing in a college stage production of Take Me Along; she was hooked, though she later learned there was more to acting than crying on cue and partying.

In her first professional years with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) headquarters in Vancouver, Kidder played everything from simpering ingénues to an unhinged murderess. She appeared in a number of drama series, including guest appearances on Wojeck, Adventures in Rainbow Country, and a semi-regular role as a young reporter on McQueen.

Her first film was an American production titled Gaily Gaily (1969). Then she worked with Gene Wilder in the British-made Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970).

Disliking the seamier side of the movie business, she retreated to Canada in hopes of learning how to become a film editor, but was brought back to the U.S. in 1971 for a continuing role in the James Garner TV series Nichols on NBC. She liked Garner but not the hassles of making a weekly series, and for the next decade concentrated on film work, plunging headfirst into a kinky Brian DePalma chiller titled Sisters (1972).

Kidder's best-known was as Lois Lane in the 1978 film Superman: The Movie and its sequels. She won the Saturn Award for Best Actress for Superman: The Movie.

Her turn as Kathy Lutz in the much-anticipated 1979 summer release of The Amityville Horror further cemented her status as one of Hollywood's leading ladies. In 1979, she hosted season 4, episode 15 of the American sketch comedy TV show Saturday Night Live.

A 1982 stage performance of Bus Stop starring Kidder as Cherie and Tim Matheson as Bo, was broadcast on HBO. The following year, she produced and starred as Eliza Doolittle in a version of Pygmalion with Peter O'Toole for Showtime. She also produced and starred in the period miniseries Louisiana. Body of Evidence (1988), a CBS Movie of the Week, cast Margot as nurse who is suspicious that her Medical Pathologist second- husband is a serial killer.

In 2000, Kidder played Eileen Canboro in Apocalypse III: Tribulation, a Christian film dealing with Christian eschatology and the Rapture. Kidder stated afterwards that she did not realize until she was on the set that the movie was serious.

In 2001, she played a guest role as the abusive mother of a serial killer in "Pique," an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Also in 2001, she was featured in the Family Guy episode "Mr. Saturday Knight". In a flashback of previous dinner guests, she is shown sitting down eating dinner with Peter and Lois Griffin. Lois compliments her on her performance as Lois Lane in the Superman movies; Kidder promptly screams, tears up the house and jumps through the window, a reference to her manic episode in 1996. She is shown twice more in a manic state, on the second occasion coming back because she forgot her purse.

In 2002, she appeared alongside Crispin Glover and Vanessa Redgrave in the film adaptation, Crime and Punishment.

Kidder briefly returned to the Superman franchise in 2004 in two episodes of the television program Smallville, as Dr. Bridgette Crosby, an emissary of Dr. Swann (played by her Superman co-star, Christopher Reeve). That same year, she made an appearance on Robson Arms, a Canadian sitcom set in an apartment block in Vancouver's west end. She played a quirky neighbor of the main cast members.

In 2006, Kidder played a guest role as Jenny Schecter's mother Sandy Ziskin on The L Word. In 2007, Kidder began appearing on the television series Brothers and Sisters, playing Emily Craft.

Returning to films in 2007, Kidder played Barbara Collier, Laurie Strode's therapist, in the sequel to Halloween (2007) titled, Halloween II, released in 2009.

She played Sally Cima, the mother of protagonist Greg Cima, a high school football player, in the film Windrunner: A Spirited Journey. It aired on the Disney Channel. She took a prominent role as an embattled guidance counselor in the 2008 gay-themed mystery film On the Other Hand, Death.

Personal Life

She has been married and divorced three times: American novelist Thomas McGuane, with whom she had her only child, daughter Maggie (born October 28, 1976); actor John Heard and to French film director Philippe de Broca. None of the marriages lasted longer than a year. Since her divorce from De Broca, she has said that she prefers the companionship of her dogs. She has two grandchildren, Maisie and Charlie Kirn, from her daughter's marriage to the novelist Walter Kirn.

Sources: Wikipedia, IMDB, Starpulse