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Actor considered the best Lois Lane to appear opposite Superman
There may be some argument about who was the best screen Superman, Christopher Reeve or George Reeves, or even Henry Cavill, but most agree that Noel Neill, who has died aged 95, was the best of all those who played the superhero’s love interest, Lois Lane.
Neill took the role of the Metropolis Daily Planet reporter who ran circles around Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent, in two movie serials and 78 episodes of the hit television series, between 1948 and 1958. She pitched her portrayal somewhere between struggling career girl and screwball comedian, and was particularly effective in Lane’s battles with the fiery editor, Perry White. As Jack Larson, who played the cub reporter Jimmy Olsen in the TV show, put it, “she had this wonderful perky touch to Lois Lane, and basically she could do everything in one take”.
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Actress Noel Neill has died at the age of 95. The first live-action Lois Lane, Neill is most widely known for starring in the syndicated Adventures of Superman TV show opposite George Reeves as Superman and alter-ego, Clark Kent. Neill was a recast on the super-hero action series, replacing Phyllis Coates, who played the ace reporter in the 1951 feature film, Superman and the Mole Men. In first run, Adventures of Superman premiered in 1952 and ran through 1958, with Neil joining in 1953.The Adventures of Superman TV series cast also includes: John Hamilton, Bill Kennedy, Jack Larson (pictured above with Neill in 2006), and Robert Shayne. Primarily working in »
By Lee Pfeiffer
Yet another pop culture legend of the Baby Boomer era has left us. Actress Noel Neill, who played Superman's love interest Lois Lane, has died at age 95. Neill began her career in Hollywood with bit roles in mainstream films. She was chosen to play Lois Lane, the intrepid female reporter for the Daily Planet newspaper of the fictional city Metropolis that Superman and his alter-ego Clark Kent called home. As colleagues on the newspaper, Lois and Clark were friends but it was always Superman that stole her heart. One of the more amusing aspects of the Superman legend is that Lois Lane, a top reporter, could never affirm her suspicions that Clark actually was Superman simply because his "disguise" consisted of a pair of eyeglasses. Nevertheless, the Lois Lane character was unusual for the era because »
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The actress’ friend, manager and biographer, Larry Ward, confirmed the news in a lengthy Facebook tribute.
Neill made her debut as TV’s Lois starting with Season 2, replacing Phyllis Coates in the role. She actually first played the icon reporter in the 1948 Superman film serial (opposite Kirk Alyn). She had cameos in the 1978 Superman film (which marked Christopher Reeve’s debut as the Man of Steel) as well as 2006’s Superman Returns (starring »
Noel Neill, TV’s early – and to many Boomers, only – Lois Lane, died at her home in Tucson, Arizona yesterday. The Adventures of Superman costar (opposite George Reeves’ Superman and Jack Larson’s Jimmy Olsen) was 95. The former actress had been in ill health since suffering a broken hip in 2010. Her death was announced by her friend and biographer Larry Thomas Ward. “Noel Neill maintained that bright, perky and engaging personality up until her death,” Ward said. Funeral… »
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