|Net Worth:||$3 million|
|Full name:||Margot Kidder|
|Born:||October 17, 1948|
|Died:||May 13, 2018|
|Country of Origin:||United States of America|
Veteran American Actress Margot Kidder rose to fame in 1978 on acting as the character Lois Lane in the Superman Film series alongside Christopher Reeves. It’s painful to say that after a boisterous career and a prodigious net worth, she took her life in May, 2018.
Full name Margaret Ruth Kidder, the Canadian American actress was born on the 17th of October 1948 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
She was one of five children born to Jocelyn Mary “Jill” (nee Wilson) who was a history teacher and Kendall Kidder, her father who was an engineer and also an explosives expert.
Kidder’s mother was from British Columbia, Canada while her father hailed from New Mexico, United States so Kidder was of both Welsh and English descent.
Kidder also spent time growing in Labrador City, Newfoundland, Labrador. Owing to the nature of her father’s job, the family was required to live in several remote locations.
Her dad managed the Yellowknife Telephone Company for about three years.
She attended multiple schools and one of which she graduated from in 1966 was Havergal College, a boarding school in Toronto. Kidder in an interview spoke about her childhood saying,
“We didn’t have movies in this little mining town (probably one of the remote towns in which they lived).
When I was twelve, 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 have done okay.”
Kidder had four siblings, a sister Annie, a Canadian actress and executive director of the People For Education Charity and three brothers: Peter, Michael and John. One of her nieces is also an actress.
Margot Kidder’s Career
Margot Kidder began her career in the early 1960s appearing in low-budget Canadian films and TV series before she landed a major role in a movie called “Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin In The Bronx” in 1970.
She also played twins in Brian De Palma’s cult thriller Sisters in 1973. Kidder acted as a sorority student in the slasher movie Black Christmas in 1974 and as the titular character’s girlfriend in the drama “The Great Waldo Pepper” in 1975 alongside Robert Redford.
She gained further exposure after her performance as Kathy Lutz in the blockbuster horror film “The Amityville Horror” in 1979
Margot Kidder’s Movies
Kidder has featured in quite a number of movies. She enjoyed a very successful career until when it began to slow down in the late 1980s.
Some of the movies and TV Drama series she has featured in include:
- The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar (1968)
- Gaily, Gaily (1969)
- Wojeck, Adventures in Rainbow Country
- Nichols (1971-72)
- Such Dusts As Dreams Are Made On (1973)
- Banacek (1972)
- The Gravy Train (1974)
- The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud(1975)
- 92 in the Shade (1975)
- The American Sportsman (1975)
- Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970)
- Sisters (1973)
- Black Christmas (1974)
- The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
- The Amityville Horror (1979)
- Brothers & Sisters (2007)
- The L Word (2006)
- The Haunting Hour (A children’s television series by R.L. Stine)
- The Vagina Monologues (2002)
- Willie & Phil (1980)
- Some Kind of Hero (1982)
- Heartaches (1981)
- Trenchcoat (1983)
- The Glitter Dome (1984)
- Little Treasure (1985)
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (As an English narrator in the Japanese animated series)
- Bus Stop (1982)
- Louisiana (1984)
- Body of Evidence (1988)
- Under a Killing Moon (1994)
- Wind Runner (1994)
- Maverick (1994)
- Delirious (1991)
- Apocalypse III: Tribulation (2000)
- Amazon (2000)
- Pique (2001)
- Crime and Punishment (2002)
- Robson Arms
- On the Other Hand, Death (2008)
- Halloween II (2009)
She acted alongside many actors like Robert Redford, Peter Fonda, Ted Danson, Burt Lancaster, Tim Matheson, Peter O’Toole, Russell Means, Jason Willes, Christopher Reeves among a host of others.
She was particularly very fond of her Superman co-star Christopher Reeve as they happened to be very close friends. Kidder talked about this in an interview with CBS saying,
“When you’re strapped to someone hanging from the ceiling for months and months, you get pretty darned close.
He was such a huge part of my life… Also complicated, very smart, really smart, and he knew he had done something meaningful. He was very aware and very happy with that role”
Christopher Reeve died in 2004 and their friendship had lasted from 1978 till when he died.
Margot Kider The Activist
Margot Kidder was also very politically active. She was a staunch supporter of Democratic and liberal causes throughout her life.
She claimed to have picked her interest in politics as a result of her parents’ conversations over dinner while growing up.
Truly, she was an active supporter of Jesse Jackson during his United States presidential election campaign with the Democratic Party in 1984.
She was also the Montana State Coordinator for Progressive Democrats of America and in 2015 became the host of a dinner event by the Yellowstone County Democrats in Billings.
In addition to her support campaigns in the United States, she also expressed her support for liberal causes in Canada by supporting her brother John Kidder, in British Colombia, who was running to be a member of Canada’s Parliament for the Liberal Party.
Kidder decided to become an American citizen in order to participate in the voting process and continue her protests against U.S interventions in Iraq and most importantly become free of worries of being deported.
Kidder won awards during her career such as the Emmy award for Outstanding Performer in Children’s Programming for her performance in R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.
She also won a Saturn Award for best actress for her performance in the film.
Margot Kidder’s Husband
Margot had her fair share of relationships, marriage and divorce during her lifetime. She married and divorced three times.
She also dated former Canadian prime-minister Pierre Trudeau, movie directors Brian De Palma and Steven Spielberg, scriptwriter and director, Tom Mankiewicz and actor and comedian Richard Pryor.
Her first husband was a popular American Novelist Thomas McGuane. They had a child in 1976, her only child till death, a daughter Maggie McGuane.
Then she got married to actor John Heard in 1979. They were married for only six days before they divorced.
She eventually got married to French film director Philippe De Broca. The marriage lasted for one year, from 1983 to 1984.
After her divorce with De Broca, Kidder chose to remain single making a humorous quirky statement that she “preferred the companionship of her dogs!”
She also had two grandchildren resulting from her daughter’s marriage to a novelist Walter Kim.
Margot Kidder’s Cars
Kidder had a small collection of cars. Some of the brands she patronized were the Mini Cooper and the BMW.
Margot Kidder’s Net Worth 2018
Margot Kidder’s net worth was estimated to be $3 million dollars in 2018. She earned an annual income of about $320,000 dollars.
Her net worth experienced a major hike over the last years. There were speculations that she made over $700,000 dollars from the Superman movie.
Margot Kidder’s Death
Margot Kidder died this year on the 13th of May at her house in Livingston, Montana at the age of 69. She was found unresponsive by a friend.
Initially, Kidder’s manager Camilla Fluxman Pines said Kidder had died peacefully in her sleep but a statement released by Park County Coroner Richard Wood stated otherwise.
He said Kidder “died as a result of self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose” and that no further details would be released.
Maggie McGuane her daughter had said that she knew immediately her mom had committed suicide the moment authorities took her to Kidder’s home.
“It’s a big relief that the truth is out”, she said. “It’s important to be open and honest so there’s not a cloud of shame in dealing with this.”
She further urged people suffering from mental illness to seek help saying, “It’s a very unique sort of grief and pain.
Knowing how many families in this state go through this, I wish that I could reach out to each to each one of them.”
One of her friends, Jeffery St. Clair wrote a few days after her death,
“I’ve been struggling all week with the image of Margie lying helplessly on the floor of her house.”
Her friends shared about her poor health over the years affecting her contributed to her suicidal thoughts, following her lengthy stay at the Standing Rock protest camp in 2016, often having to endure freezing temperatures.
DC Comics tweeted on their Twitter handle, “Thank you for being the Lois Lane so many of us grew up with, RIP, Margot Kidder.”
Margot Kidder’s Health Issues
Kidder had suffered from bipolar disorder which was the supposed cause of the widely publicized manic episode she experienced in 1996.
She had been working on an autobiography when her system crashed as a result of a virus infection.
Margot lost about three years of worth of draft and this caused her to enter a depressive state after all attempts to retrieve the files turned futile.
She disappeared for four days and was found in a backyard by a home owner and was taken to Olive View Medical Center by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Her teeth caps had been knocked out during an attempted rape assault on her. She was eventually placed in psychiatric care and got much better crediting her health improvement to orthomolecular medicine.
It would also be of interest to note that in December 1990, Kidder was involved in an auto-crash of which survived but was left partially paralyzed and confined to a wheel chair.
She was unable to work for about two years and experienced a lot of financial difficulties.
Margot Kidder was a strong-willed character who did not hesitate in voicing out her opinion in any given situation.
Known for her sense of humor and quirky statements, Kidder is not one to be forgotten in a hurry in the American movie industry.
She successfully made a name for herself despite all the challenges and issues she faced both in her health, relationships and even in her career.
She was an outspoken political and environmental activist, one who was genuinely concerned about happenings around her.
Margot Kidder was a voice in her generation and a fighter and indeed she fought well. Her story would be a source of inspiration to many.
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