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Overview (5)

Born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Died in Livingston, Montana, USA  (suicide by drug and alcohol overdose)
Birth NameMargaret Ruth Kidder
Nickname Margie
Height 5' 8½" (1.74 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Margot Kidder was born Margaret Ruth Kidder in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, to Jocelyn Mary "Jill" (Wilson), a history teacher from British Columbia, and Kendall Kidder, a New Mexico-born mining engineer and explosives expert. Margot was a delightful child who took pride in everything she did. At an early age, she became aware of the great emotions she felt towards expressing herself, and caught the acting bug. As a child, she wrote in a diary that she wanted to become a movie star, and that one day it would happen, but she had to overcome something else first. She was aware that she was constantly facing mood swings, but didn't know why. At odd times, she would try to kill herself - the first time was at age 14 - but the next day she would be just fine. Her father's hectic schedule and moving around so much didn't help matters, either, causing her to attend 11 schools in 12 years. Finally, in an attempt to help Margot with her troubles, her parents sent" her to a boarding school, where she took part in school plays, such as Romeo and Juliet", in which she played the lead.

After graduation, Margot moved to Los Angeles to start a film career. She found herself dealing with a lot of prejudice, and hotheads, but later found solace with a Canadian agent. This was when she got her first acting job, in the Norman Jewison film Gaily, Gaily (1969). This led to another starring role in Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970), in which she co-starred with Gene Wilder. After some harsh words from the film's director, Margot temporarily left films to study acting in New York, doing television work to pay her bills, but when the money ran out, she decided it was time to make a second try at acting. When she arrived in Hollywood she met up at a screen test with actress Jennifer Salt, resulting in a friendship that still stands strong today. Margot and Jennifer moved into a lofty beach house and befriended other, then unknown, struggling filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Steven Spielberg and Susan Sarandon, among others. Late nights would see the hot, happening youngsters up until all hours talking around a fire about how they were all going to change the film industry. It was crazy living and within the Christmas season, Margot had become involved with De Palma, and as a Christmas present he gave her the script to his upcoming film Sisters (1972). Margot and Salt both had the leads in the film, and it was a huge critical success.

The film made branded Margot as a major talent, and in the following years she starred in a string of critically acclaimed pictures, such as Black Christmas (1974), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), 92 in the Shade (1975) - directed by Thomas McGuane, who was also her husband for a brief period - and a somewhat prophetic tale of self-resurrection, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975).

After three years of being a housewife, looking after her daughter Maggie and not working, Margot decided it was time to let her emotions take control and get back into acting. Once her marriage to McGuane was over, she eyed a script that would change her life forever. Her new agent referred her to a little-known director named Richard Donner. He was going to be directing a film called Superman (1978), and she auditioned for and secured the leading female role of Lois Lane. That film and Superman II (1980) filmed simultaneously. After the success of "Superman" she took on more intense roles, such as The Amityville Horror (1979) and Willie & Phil (1980). After that, Margot starred in numerous films, television and theater work throughout the 1980s, including Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). When the 1990s erupted with the Gulf War, Margot found herself becoming involved in politics. She made a stir in the biz when she spoke out against the military for their actions in Kuwait. She also appeared in a cameo in Donner's Maverick (1994).

In 1996, as she was preparing to write her autobiography, she began to become more and more paranoid. When her computer became infected with a virus, this gave her paranoia full rein, and she sank into bipolar disorder. She panicked, and the resulting psychological problems she created for herself resulted in her fantasizing that her first husband was going to kill her, so she left her home and faked her death, physically altering her appearance in the process. After an intervention took place, she got back on her feet and started the mental wellness campaign. Since then, she resumed her career in film, television, and theatre, including appearing in a Canadian stage production of "The Vagina Monologues", and in films like The Clown at Midnight (1998).

Margot died on May 13, 2018, in Livingston, Montana.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Briarwood

Spouse (3)

Philippe de Broca (6 August 1983 - 14 November 1985) ( divorced)
John Heard (25 August 1979 - 26 December 1980) ( divorced)
Thomas McGuane (2 August 1976 - 21 July 1977) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (24)

Was in a serious car crash in 1990 and couldn't work for two years. She went bankrupt.
Had one daughter, Maggie McGuane (b. October 28, 1975), with her ex-first husband Thomas McGuane.
Found by police in a distressed state, hiding in someone's garden claiming she'd been stalked and attacked. Had apparently cut her hair off with a razor blade. Placed in psychiatric care. Police said there was nothing to support her story. [April 1996]
Best known as Superman's favorite person, Lois Lane. Her much publicized behavior in 1996 was due to manic depression. She was living in a state of paranoia, convinced that her first husband was trying to kill her. Kidder was at one point homeless. She narrowly escaped being raped, and wandered about the streets of Los Angeles (barely recognizable after cutting her hair off and removing some of her dental work) before hiding underneath a family's porch that was located near the studio where Superman (1978) was filmed. Fortunately, she got her life back on track after having faced the "demons" of her condition.
On Aug 25, 2002, she suffered a broken pelvis near Belfast, Maine, when her GMC Yukon hit a raised pavement and rolled over several times. She had just come from hosting the 15-Minute Festival, a series of original plays staged at the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped. She was on her way to Montreal at the time of the accident. Kidder's friend, David Stuckey, said that the actress won't require surgery but will remain for several days at Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast. Stuckey said Kidder was in a lot of pain. "But she's in good spirits," he said. "She's OK."
Aunt of actress Janet Kidder. They both appeared in the same episode (La Femme Nikita: Walk on By (1999)) as Nikita's mother Roberta, young and old, on the TV series, La Femme Nikita (1997).
Her father was from New Mexico, and her mother was from British Columbia. She was of English, Welsh, Northern Irish, Irish, and Scottish descent. Several of her family lines lead back to New England of the 1600s.
Along with Christopher Reeve, Jackie Cooper, and Marc McClure, she is one of only four actors to appear in the first four Superman films: Superman (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983), and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).
Went to 11 schools in 12 years.
Shared a beach house in California with actress Jennifer Salt in the 1970s.
Although born in Yellowknife, the road that is named Lois Lane in Yellowknife is actually named after a long time Yellowknife resident Lois Little and not after her character in the movies.
After living in the US for 34 years, she became a US citizen in August of 2004 so she could vote against US President George W. Bush as part of her protest against the war in Iraq.
Actively supported Jesse Jackson's presidential campaign in 1984.
In the Banacek (1972) episode, Banacek: A Million the Hard Way (1972), when Banacek (George Peppard) introduces himself and she replies, "Banacek, just one name? Like Superman?" That was six years before her first appearance as Lois Lane.
The second of five children; her siblings include elder brother, BC Green Party co-founder, John Kidder and younger sister, actress turned education activist, Annie Kidder.
Supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.
She was an active volunteer of the Stafford Animal Shelter while residing in Livingston, Montana.
She was an outspoken supporter of liberal causes, both in the United States and her native Canada.
Was a close friend of Carrie Fisher. After Fisher's death in December 2016, she was very aware of her mortality. She lost another close friend in early May 2018 and died herself a week later, on May 13, 2018, in her sleep at her home in Livingston, Montana. Margot was 69. On August 8, 2018, it was reported that Kidder's death had been ruled a suicide by overdose. The Park County, Montana, coroner said her death was "a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose".
She stated in her final wish that her remains would be devoured by a pack of wolves, but her ex-husband Thomas McGuane and their daughter Maggie had her remains cremated instead. Margot's older brother John Kidder returned her ashes to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories one year later. Some of them were also sprinkled in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador.
She was a vocal supporter of LGBT rights.
Has two grandchildren.
She was the first choice for the role of Carrie White in Carrie (1976).
Born on exactly the same date as George Wendt (of "Cheers" fame).

Personal Quotes (27)

I suppose that if you want to be famous and suddenly it happens and you don't like it, it's nobody's fault but your own.
Nudity in the flesh doesn't bother me. But having my mind uncovered - that scares the hell out of me.
God, [George W. Bush] makes me want to slash my wrists. He's so embarrassing I have to leave the room when he's on the news. What a monkey.
Acting's fun, but life's more important.
My grandson sees me as Lois on TV every Christmas, and that scores me points.
I guess I came to terms with my demons. Or else I'd be in big trouble, wouldn't I? Horrifying as it was to crack up in the public eye, it made me look at myself and fix it. People were exploitative; that's human nature. I'll tell you, being pretty crazy while being chased by the National Enquirer is not good. The British tabloids were the worst. But you take the cards you're dealt, and I got better. I'm now ferociously healthy in body and mind. You couldn't pay me to go near a psychiatrist again. Stopping seeing them was my first step to getting well.
It was exciting, but for a while being typecast as Lois made my vanity and narcissism scream. Hadn't people seen my other work? But now my grandkids watch it, and think I was Superman's friend, so that's a thrill.
The thing about being famous is, first of all, it's weird. The only people who get how weird it is are other famous people. So there's this unspoken club where you go, and say to each other: 'Oh God, if they only knew how ordinary I was, they wouldn't be interested.'
It was a wonderful time to be young. The 1960s didn't end until about 1976. We all believed in Make Love Not War - we were idealistic innocents, darling, despite the drugs and sex. We were sweet lovely people who wanted to throw out all the staid institutions who placed money and wars above all else. When you're young you think that's how life works. None of us were famous, we were broke. We didn't think they'd be writing books about us in 30 years. We were just kids doing the right thing.
With any group of people in life, sad things happen, and crazy things, and happy things. When you're in the public eye, it's just amplified, that's all. There's no curse.
What happened to me--the biggest nervous breakdown in history, bar possibly Vivien Leigh's--is not so uncommon. I've had thousands of supportive letters from all over the world. It's just that mine was public. If you're gonna fall apart, do it in your own bedroom.
[on Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) A noble attempt at saying something about the nuclear proliferation on the planet through Superman. Unfortunately the script was just dreadful. I mean there's no two ways about it, that script was terrible. And there's that old saying in Hollywood - you can make a bad movie out of a good script, but you can't make a good movie out of a bad script. And I don't think it had a chance from the get-go.
I think the "curse of Superman (1978)" stuff is nonsense. I think it's just nonsense! The reality is if you get any group of people and you statistically say get a group of 100 people, X number is gonna have some sort of calamity in their life 'cause that's what life is.
[in 2008, on acting roles] There aren't a lot when you get to be my age if you refuse to have facelifts. They'd run me out of Montana! You don't need a facelift in Montana.
[on The Amityville Horror (1979)] What a piece of shit! I couldn't believe that anyone would take that seriously. I was laughing my whole way through it, much to the annoyance of Rod Steiger, who took the whole thing very seriously.
[on Richard Pryor] I fell in love with him in two seconds flat... He was smart and funny and sexy, and you wanted to take care of him. He was wonderful. Oh gosh... he was just - Richard was irresistible.
[On Martin Scorsese] Marty seemed wildly dedicated to creating a new kind of film, a film of substance, to putting his personal vision on film, to marrying his confusion at being a Catholic boy and the intensity of his own spirit with film itself. He loved people trying new things, he loved bravery of personal expression, and he talked about it a lot, very eloquently, albeit very quickly. I don't remember many silly talks with Marty about nothing.
[on being asked her favorite horror film to act in] Black Christmas (1974) had the intelligence to have a twinkle about itself, to have a good sense of humour about itself, so it wasn't quite as earnest! And Bob Clark was very clever and smart, and a good businessman, and great fun! He was absolutely lacking in pomposity of any kind.
I didn't get what fans were until I started doing these conventions and meeting these very moving, very, very sweet people. And until then, when you live in L.A., and you're playing that movie star game, that BS game, they're always seen as something you need to be kept from. 'God forbid I should be down on that level!' You know, forgetting of course we're all people, just all different schmucks on the subway.
[on acting in film and TV, 2008] I'm not choosy at all! I'll do practically anything. I'm the biggest whore on the block. I live in a little town in Montana, and you have to drag me out of here to get to L.A., so I'm not readily available. But unless it's something sexist or cruel, I just love to work. I've done all sorts of things, but you just haven't seen them because they're often very bad and shown at 4 in the morning.
I went through millions of dollars - I have no idea how much. I'd buy things for friends, take people to Paris. Once I stayed up for three weeks in a row because I felt I was called upon to write a new religion for women. I was reading all these books, including the Bible... and I'm an atheist.
[on acting in Superman II (1980)] Basically, for several weeks I sat around my dressing room, listened to music, read The Great Shark Hunt and Orwell and a lot of French literature, wrote letters, worked on a screenplay, went through the divorce, and every so often I went on the set and said a line like, 'Oh, Superman, Superman.'
I was the worst movie star on the planet. I was a disaster. You are supposed to be mysterious and elegant and all that stuff and I am none of the above... I had a lovely time, a wonderful life with some great adventures, but I didn't nurture a career along the way. I didn't know how to and I couldn't bear not working so I tended to just grab what came along. Some of the films I am most proud of are the ones no one has ever seen, like small independent ones.
One of my big attitudes about life is always been, the point of living is to use yourself up. When you die, you don't want things you didn't try out. I love a good adventure and there is nothing better than charging off and making a movie in a foreign country. You get to travel, you get overpaid. It's a pretty cushy life, there's not much to complain about. But I was so naive, I just assumed that because that's what I decided I was going to be when I was 10, that of course it would come true. I didn't like being famous as much as I thought I would. It was kinda creepy. It was like being a monkey in the zoo and having people stare at you all the time and feeling very much like your flaws were on display, which was a big surprise, I thought I would turn into a princess and suddenly be this glorious person like people I read about in movie magazines. Infact, I simply felt exposed.
[on Superman (1978)] I remember when we were making it I thought it was going to be a flop. A lot of it was arduous and dull. The flying I didn't think would work either. Nothing prepares anyone for that sudden thing of being world famous, it was such a shock. It wasn't something I really liked or something I was very good at.
[on her appearance on The Dick Cavett Show: Janis Joplin/Gloria Swanson/Margot Kidder/Dave Meggyesy (1970)] Janis Joplin was the sweetest lost child on the planet and obviously wanted to be my friend. But I was so star struck it never occurred to me that somebody like her wanted to be my friend, so I blew it and she died two months later. I'll never forget that day and night.
You know, cynicism and romanticism are two sides of the same coin. So those of us who speak in cynical and black terms are those who actually are secretly idealistic. I don't think anybody would be an activist if they didn't have any hope.

Salary (2)

Superman (1978) $110,000
Superman III (1983) $700,000

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