Kidder in a publicity photo for Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970)
|Born||Margaret Ruth Kidder
October 17, 1948
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
|Residence||Livingston, Montana, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||Thomas McGuane (m. 1975–77)
John Heard (m. 1979)
Philippe de Broca (m. 1983–84)
Margaret Ruth "Margot" Kidder (born October 17, 1948) is a Canadian American actress. She rose to fame in 1978 for her role as Lois Lane in the film Superman, opposite Christopher Reeve, and her reprisal of the role in the three following sequels.
Kidder began her career in the 1960s appearing in low budget Canadian films and television series before landing a lead role in Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970), opposite Gene Wilder. She then appeared in Brian De Palma's thriller film Sisters (1973), Black Christmas (1974), and The Great Waldo Pepper (1975). Other later roles included as Kathy Lutz in The Amityville Horror (1979), and Heartaches (1981).
She has since worked in low budget films as well as theatre, touring with The Vagina Monologues, and has also worked in television, appearing on Smallville, Brothers & Sisters, and The L Word. She also had a role in Rob Zombie's Halloween II (2009). In 2015, Kidder won an Emmy award for her performance in R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.
Kidder, one of five children, was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, the daughter of Jocelyn Mary "Jill" (née Wilson), a history teacher from Canada, and Kendall Kidder, an explosives expert and mining engineer originally from the United States. Kidder also spent time growing up in Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador. Her mother was from British Columbia and her father was from New Mexico, United States. She was born in Yellowknife because of her father's job, which required the family to live in remote locations. Kidder recalled her childhood in northern Canada, saying, "We didn't have movies in this little mining town. When I was 12 my mom took me to New York and I saw Bye Bye Birdie, with people singing and dancing, and that was it. I knew I had to go far away. I was clueless, but I did okay."
Kidder attended multiple schools through her youth, and graduated from Havergal College in 1966. She has a sister, Annie, and three brothers, John, Michael and Peter. Kidder's niece, Janet Kidder, is also an actress.
1968-1970: Early work
In the late 1960s, Kidder was based in Toronto, and in 1970, Vancouver. She appeared in a number of TV drama series for the CBC, including guest appearances on Wojeck, Adventures in Rainbow Country, and a semi-regular role as a young reporter on McQueen plus was a panelist on Mantrap which featured discussions centered on a feminist perspective. During the 1971–72 season, she co-starred as barmaid Ruth in Nichols, a James Garner western, which aired 22 episodes on NBC. She appeared in "Such Dust As Dreams Are Made On", the first pilot for Harry O and aired in March 1973. She was also a guest star in a 1972 episode of the George Peppard detective series Banacek.
Kidder also appeared in a number of low-budget Canadian movies in the late 1960s (The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar being her first feature), and the early 1970s.
1971-1978: Superman film series
While living in Los Angeles, California, Kidder was cast as Zazel Pierce opposite Gene Wilder in Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970). After filming, she relocated to New York City to further study acting. A year later, she returned to California, and was cast in the Brian DePalma cult classic Sisters (1973), which gained notoriety for both director and Kidder, who as leading lady, portrayed conjoined twins. She starred in the classic horror film Black Christmas in 1974, for which she won a Canadian Film Award for Best Actress; and The Great Waldo Pepper opposite Robert Redford in 1975. She received positive reviews for 92 in the Shade (1975) with Peter Fonda, famously marrying the film's director Thomas McGuane.
Kidder appeared on the March 9, 1975 edition of The American Sportsman, learning how to hang glide with her providing the narration and a remote microphone recording her reactions in flight; the segment concluded with Kidder doing solos soaring amid the Wyoming Rockies.
Kidder is perhaps best known for her role as Lois Lane in the 1978 film Superman: The Movie and its sequels. She won the Saturn Award for Best Actress for it. She publicly disagreed with the decision of producers Alexander Salkind and Ilya Salkind to replace Richard Donner as director of 1980's Superman II. It was reported that as a result, Kidder's role in 1983's Superman III consisted of less than five minutes of footage, though the producers have denied this in DVD commentaries. Her role in 1987's Superman IV: The Quest for Peace was more substantial.
In 2004, Kidder briefly returned to the Superman franchise 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).
1979-1999: The Amityville Horror; other lead roles
Her turn as Kathy Lutz in the 1979 summer release of The Amityville Horror further cemented her status as one of Hollywood's leading ladies. In 1979, she hosted an episode of the American sketch comedy TV show Saturday Night Live.
Other high profile parts included Paul Mazursky's Willie & Phil, Some Kind of Hero and The Reincarnation of Peter Proud. Her performance in 1981's Heartaches generated critical acclaim and Oscar buzz. As court stenographer-cum-private eye Mickey Raymond, the PG rating that 1983's Trenchcoat received led Disney to launch Touchstone Pictures. She appeared opposite James Garner in controversial Hollywood crime drama The Glitter Dome (1984). In 1985, she toplined Little Treasure for Columbia Tri-Star with co-stars Ted Danson and Burt Lancaster, where she played a distraught stripper looking for her bank robber-father's buried fortune.
A 1982 stage performance of Bus Stop starring Kidder as Cherie and Tim Matheson as Bo, was broadcast on HBO. In 1983, she produced and starred as Eliza Doolittle in a version of Pygmalion with Peter O'Toole for Showtime. She 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 1994, Kidder played the bartender at the Broken Skull Tavern in Under a Killing Moon, an IBM PC adventure game.
2000-present: Independent films, television
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. In 2002, she appeared alongside Crispin Glover and Vanessa Redgrave in the film adaptation of Crime and Punishment.
Kidder appeared on Broadway in The Vagina Monologues in December 2002, and toured with the show for two years. After this, 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. She also had a cameo in Rich Hall's Election Special on BBC Four. 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.
She played Sally Cima, the mother of protagonist Greg Cima, a high school football player, in the film Windrunner: A Spirited Journey, which 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, as well as a supporting role as Barbara Collier, Laurie Strode's therapist, in Rob Zombie's Halloween II (2009). In an interview with the LGBT publication The Advocate, Kidder discussed her later career choices, saying: "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."
In the past, Kidder dated former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau, director Brian De Palma, and actor/comedian Richard Pryor. 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 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.
Kidder was involved in a car crash in December 1990, after which she was unable to work for two years, causing her financial problems.
Kidder has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which led to a widely publicized manic episode in April 1996. She disappeared for four days, having become a street person. She was found in a back yard by a homeowner and was taken by Los Angeles police to Olive View Medical Center in a distressed state, the caps on her teeth having fallen out. She was later placed in psychiatric care. In 2007, Kidder said that she had not had a manic episode in 11 years.
Politics and activism
Kidder has been a longtime supporter of Democratic and liberal causes throughout her career. She actively supported Jesse Jackson's bid for the Democratic nomination in 1984. In the early 1990s, during the first Gulf War, Kidder was branded a "Baghdad Betty" and subjected to abuse for her remarks questioning the war. In a piece called Confessions of 'Baghdad Betty' , styled as a letter to her mother and printed in The Nation, Kidder responded by explaining and defending her statements.
As of November 2009, Kidder was the Montana State Coordinator for Progressive Democrats of America. The organization's website carried her article "Ax Max," in which she criticized Max Baucus, Montana's Democratic senator. On August 23, 2011, Kidder, Tantoo Cardinal, and dozens of others were arrested while protesting in Washington D.C. against the proposed extension of the Keystone Pipeline.
On August 22, 2015, Kidder was named the host of a dinner event by the Yellowstone County Democrats in Billings, Montana called "Billings for Bernie" in support of Bernie Sanders' presidential primary bid.
In addition to her campaigning in the United States, Kidder has expressed support for liberal causes in Canada. In 2011, she supported her brother, John Kidder, in Vancouver, who was running to be a member of Canada's Parliament. :
I'm here not only because John is a dream candidate but because I'm living in the end game in the United States and it's not funny. Canada is starting the same sort of right-wing, corporate ownership of government, corporate tradeoffs with government, smear campaigns, `let's lower the corporate tax rate without mentioning it's going to up the private tax rates' It's happening in Canada. God forbid if anyone should bring up privatizing health care.
Kidder became a United States citizen on August 17, 2005, in Butte, Montana; she lives in Livingston, Montana. She said that she decided to become an American citizen to participate in the voting process, to continue her protests against U.S. intervention in Iraq, and to be free of worries about being deported.
|1968||The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar||Rosie Prometer|
|Wojeck||TV series (1 episode)|
|1969||Adventures in Rainbow Country||Dr. Janet Rhodes / Sportscar Driver||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1970||The Mod Squad||Claire Allen||TV series (1 episode)|
|Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx||Zazel|
|1971||Suddenly Single||Jackie||TV movie|
|1971-1972||Nichols||Ruth / Ruth the Barmaid||TV series (5 episodes)|
|1972||The Bounty Man||Mae||TV movie|
|Banacek||Linda Carsini||TV series (1 episode)|
|1973||Harry O||Helen||TV series (1 episode)|
|Sisters||Danielle Breton / Dominique Blanchion|
|Barnaby Jones||Lori Wright||TV series (1 episode)|
|1974||The Suicide Club||TV movie|
|Honky Tonk||Lucy Cotton||TV movie|
|A Quiet Day in Belfast||Brigit Slattery/Thelma Slattery||Canadian Film Award Winners for Best Actress|
|The Gravy Train||Margue|
|Black Christmas||Barb||Canadian Film Award Winners for Best Actress|
|1975||The Great Waldo Pepper||Maude|
|Baretta||Terry Lake||TV series (1 episode)|
|The Reincarnation of Peter Proud||Marcia Curtis|
|Wide World Mystery||Gerry||TV series (1 episode)|
|92 in the Shade||Miranda|
|1976||Switch||Andrea Morris||TV series (1 episode)|
|1978||Shoot the Sun Down||The Woman from England|
|Superman||Lois Lane||Saturn Award for Best Actress|
|1979||The Amityville Horror||Kathy Lutz||Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Actress|
|1980||Willie & Phil||Jeannette Sutherland|
|Superman II||Lois Lane||Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Actress|
|1981||Heartaches||Rita Harris||Genie Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role|
|Some Kind of Hero||Toni Donovan|
|Bus Stop||Cherie||TV movie|
|1983||Pygmalion||Eliza Doolittle||TV movie|
|Superman III||Lois Lane|
|1984||Louisiana||Virginia Tregan||TV movie|
|The Hitchhiker||Jane Reynolds||TV series (1 episode)|
|Picking Up the Pieces||Lynette Harding||TV movie|
|1986||GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords||Solitaire (voice)|
|Vanishing Act||Chris Kenyon||TV movie|
|Keeping Track||Mickey Tremaine|
|1987||Shell Game||Dinah / Jennie Jerome||TV series (5 episodes)|
|Superman IV: The Quest for Peace||Lois Lane|
|1988||Body of Evidence||Carol Dwyer||TV movie|
|1990||White Room||Madelaine X|
|1991||Delirious||Woman in Washroom||Uncredited|
|1992||Aaron Sent Me||Kaitlynn Prescott|
|To Catch a Killer||Rachel Grayson||TV movie|
|Tales from the Crypt||Cynthia||TV series (1 episode)|
|1992-1993||Street Legal||Charlotte Percy||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1993||La Florida||Vivy Lamori|
|Murder, She Wrote||Dr. Ellen Holden||TV series (1 episode "Threshold of Fear")|
|1994||One Woman's Courage||Stella Jenson|
|Beanstalk||Doctor Kate 'Doc' Winston|
|1995||Windrunner||Sally 'Mom' Cima|
|Burke's Law||Joy Adams||TV series (1 episode)|
|1993-1995||Captain Planet and the Planeteers||Gaia (voice)||TV series (5 episodes)|
|1996-1997||Boston Common||Cookie de Varen||TV series (5 episodes)|
|1996||Phantom 2040||Rebecca Madison||TV series (1 episode)|
|Never Met Picasso||Genna Magnus|
|1997||Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework||Sol|
|Silent Cradle||Cindy Wilson|
|Henry & Verlin||Mabel|
|The Planet of Junior Brown||Miss Peebs|
|The Hunger||Mrs. Sloan|
|Aaahh!!! Real Monsters||Mistress Helga (voice)||TV series (2 episodes)|
|1998||Touched by an Angel||Rita||TV series (1 episode)|
|The Teddy Bears' Scare||Mrs. Jones (voice)||TV movie|
|1999||The Hi-Line||Laura Johnson|
|La Femme Nikita||Roberta Wirth||TV series (1 episode, Walk On By)|
|Nightmare Man||Lillian Hannibal|
|The Clown at Midnight||Ellen Gibby|
|The Annihilation of Fish||Mrs. Muldroone|
|2000||Apocalypse III: Tribulation||Eileen Canboro|
|Someone is Watching||Sally Beckert||TV Movie|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Grace Mayberry||TV series (1 episode)|
|Mentors||Queen Elizabeth I||TV series (1 episode)|
|Earth: Final Conflict||Dr. Josephine Mataros||TV series (1 episode)|
|Crime and Punishment||Katerina Marmelodov|
|2004||Chicks with Sticks||Edith Taymore|
|Death 4 Told||Madam Badeau||Scream Awards for Best Actress|
|Smallville||Bridgette Crosby||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2005||The Last Sign||Endora||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2006||Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut||Lois Lane|
|The L Word||Sandy Ziskin||TV series (1 episode)|
|2007||Brothers & Sisters||Emily Craft||TV series (2 episodes)|
|2008||Universal Signs||Rose Callahan|
|Love at First Kill||Beth|
|On the Other Hand, Death||Dorothy|
|A Single Woman||Storyteller|
|2009||Something Evil Comes||Claudia Brecher|
|Halloween II||Barbara Collier|
|2011||Redemption: For Robbing the Dead||Marlys Baptiste|
|Three of a Kind||Claire|
|2012||HENRi||Dr. Calvin||Short film|
|2013||Matt's Chance||Mother Mable|
|Real Gangsters||Stella Kelly|
|2014||Pride of Lions||Jean Dempsey|
|R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour||Mrs. Worthington||Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming
TV series (1 episode)
|The Big Fat Stone||Madge|
|2015||No Deposit||Margie Ryan|
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