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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 25 November 1920Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Date of Death 3 July 2016Tucson, Arizona, USA  (after long illness)
Birth NameNoel Darleen Neill
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Minnesota-born Noel Neill's ambition was to be a journalist like her father, the editor of a Minneapolis newspaper. However, she was hired by Bing Crosby to sing at the Turf Club at the race track in Del Mar, California (Crosby was one of the owners). Shortly thereafter, in 1941, she was signed to a contract by Paramount Pictures. She got early experience in television by hosting and performing on several experimental programs broadcast locally in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, and it was around that time that she began appearing in serials, first at Columbia and then for Republic. While she is best known for playing Lois Lane in the TV series Adventures of Superman (1952) beginning in the second season in 1953. She actually first played Lois in the 1948 serial Superman (1948). She replaced Phyllis Coates in the part on the TV series when Coates was offered a leading part in another TV series and left the show. When the series ended in 1957, Neill retired from the industry.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Spouse (3)

Joel J. Taylor (6 November 1962 - 1969) (divorced)
William Behrens (1953 - 1962) (divorced)
Hal Lierley (3 October 1943 - 1944) (divorced)

Trivia (10)

A trained singer and dancer, before entering films she had a nightclub career, performing in such well-known Hollywood clubs as Ciro's, the Mocambo and the Trocadero.
Arguably the most prolific actor or actress in Superman's live-action legacy, she played Lois Lane in the two Superman serials, replaced Phyllis Coates as Lane in Adventures of Superman (1952) during the second season, had a cameo in Superman (1978), guest-starred on Superboy (1988) and appears in Superman Returns (2006).
On July 23, 2010, she fell in her home in Tucson, Arizona, and broke her hip. She was hospitalized for surgery at Tucson Medical Center.
Metropolis, Illinois, USA [June 2003]
In her teens she was a popular photographic model. While Betty Grable's pin-up was #1 among GIs during World War II, Neill ranked next, She worked as a professional singer and dancer, under contract to Bing Crosby.
On June 6, 2012, she relocated back to Metropolis, IL, after a successful recovery from hip surgery. At age 93 she was enjoying her peaceful retirement answering fan mail.
She appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners in consecutive years: An American in Paris (1951) and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952). Her Adventures of Superman (1952) co-star George Reeves also appeared in two Best Picture winners: Gone with the Wind (1939) and From Here to Eternity (1953).
She has two roles in common with both Phyllis Coates and Teri Hatcher: (1) Neill played Lois Lane in Superman (1948), Atom Man vs. Superman (1950) and Adventures of Superman (1952), Coates played her in Superman and the Mole-Men (1951) and Adventures of Superman (1952) and Hatcher played her in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) and (2) Neill played Lois' mother Ellen Lane in Superman (1978), Coates played her in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: The House of Luthor (1994) and Hatcher played her in Smallville: Abandoned (2010).
Most famous for her role as reporter Lois Lane on Adventures of Superman (1952), she actually came from a journalistic background--her father worked on the copy desk of the Minneapolis Star-Journal newspaper in Minneapolis, MN, for many years.
Her body was cremated and her ashes were giving to the friendship members.

Personal Quotes (5)

[Referring to the extent of her role as Lois Lane and Jack Larson's as Jimmy Olsen on Adventures of Superman (1952)] We spent most of our time bound, gagged, and waiting for the bomb to go off.
[Speaking of George Reeves] In between takes, he would look into the camera, lift up his glasses and wink. He was our hero.
[About George Reeves' death] I am not aware of anyone who wanted George dead. I never said I thought George was murdered. I just don't know what happened. All I know is that George always seemed happy to me, and I saw him two days before he died and he was still happy then.
[on fans] Fame has never been an issue for me. I can honestly say that I have never, ever had any unpleasant encounters with fans or autograph collectors. I guess I just attract the mature, respectful fan.
[on working on the "Teenagers" series of films for Monogram Pictures in the late 1940s] I don't care, you can say there were 20 for all I care. June Preisser was stuck up anyway. Only because she'd been in vaudeville 50 years before that, she thought she was a star. I didn't like her much. And vice-versa, I guess.

Salary (7)

Freddie Steps Out (1946) $150 /week
High School Hero (1946) $150 /week
Vacation Days (1947) $150 /week
Sarge Goes to College (1947) $150 /week
Campus Sleuth (1948) $150 /week
Adventures of Superman (1952) $225 /episode
Adventures of Superman (1952) $225 /week

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