by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Actress Margot Kidder was found dead at age 69 when a friend who helped with house cleaning discovered her body on the 13th. Kidder passed away peacefully in her sleep according to her manager. Kidder was born on October 17, 1948, in Yellowknife Territories, Canada. Kidder had a passion for acting ever since she was a small child and found solace in her boarding school’s plays like Romeo and Juliet. When Kidder got older she moved out to Hollywood and got her start with the film, Gaily, Gaily.
Later she starred in the film, Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin in the Bronx, which she co-starred in with Gene Wilder. After having a few fall outs and faced with a lot of hate and prejudice, Kidder stepped away from the Hollywood scene and went to New York to study acting but had to return to Hollywood when she was running low on cash. This was when she met her lifelong friend Jennifer Salt who became one of Kidder’s roommates along with unknown filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, and Stephen Spielberg. Kidder got her big break after getting involved with De Palma who put her and Salt in the critically acclaimed film, Sisters.
From there, her acting career boomed, and she stared in movies like Black Christmas, The Great Waldo Pepper, 92 in the Shade, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, and many more. At one time, Kidder got married and stopped acting to raise a child for three years until she divorced and wanted to return to the acting world. This was when she got her hands on the script to the 1978 Superman movie and landed the role of Lois Lane, Clark Cent’s/Superman’s love interest. It was in the 1990s that Kidder turned to the world of politics after the eruption of the Gulf Wars. This caused her to speak out against the military’s involvement in Kuwait which lead her to become a social activist.
Despite her successful career and involvement as an activist, Kidder had struggled with the mental illness of bipolar disorder. She had been aware of her emotional instability and mood swings when she was younger and at age 14 tried to commit suicide but managed to find solace in acting. It wasn’t until the year 1996 that she became horribly paranoid about a virus that caused her computer to crash when she was trying to write her autobiography. This event lead her to believe her first husband wanted to kill her, so she ran away, faked her death, and changed her appearance until she got the help she needed to get her back on her feet. After she got better Kidder continued her acting career and started the mental wellness campaign. That’s all for now. ‘til next time.