Margaret Ruth “Margot” Kidder (born October 17, 1948) is a Canadian-born actress. She has appeared in a wide range of films during the 1970’s and 80’s such as Sisters, Black Christmas, The Amityville Horror; however, she is best known for her role as Lois Lane in four Superman movies opposite Christopher Reeve, beginning with Superman: The Movie in 1978.
Kidder, one of five children, was born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, the daughter of Jocelyn Mary “Jill”, a history teacher, and Kendall Kidder, an explosives expert and mining engineer. She was born in Yellowknife because of her father’s job, which required the family to live in remote locations.
She first appeared in a number of TV drama series for the CBC, before working at NBC in the early 70’s. She also appeared in a number of low-budget Canadian movies in the late 1960’s, and the early 1970’s, none of which I’ve seen.
In 1970, Kidder co-starred opposite Gene Wilder in Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx, before her big break in the Brian DePalma cult classic Sisters (1973), which gained notoriety for both director and leading lady Kidder, who portrayed conjoined twins. She then starred in the classic horror film Black Christmas in 1974, which gained notoriety as (debatedly) the first genuine slasher flick. She also featured in 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.
A nude pictorial of Kidder, was published in the March 1975 issue of Playboy, the accompanying article was written by her as a condition of appearing; she said, “I don’t want someone writing, ‘Margot Kidder has more curves than the ‘Santa Monica Freeway’ under my picture.”
Kidder is perhaps best known for her role as Lois Lane in the 1978 film Superman: The Movie, for which she won the Saturn Award for Best Actress. She publicly disagreed with the decision of producers Alexander and Ilya Salkind to replace Richard Donner as director of 1980’s Superman II, and 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). (Many other actors from the Christopher Reeve Superman films have had small roles on Smallville.)
Her turn as Kathy Lutz in the much-anticipated 1979 summer release of The Amityville Horror further cemented her status as one of Hollywood’s leading ladies. The story is based on the alleged real life experiences of the Lutz family who buy a new home on 112 Ocean Avenue, Long Island, a house where a mass murder had been committed the year before. After the family move into the house, they experience a series of frightening paranormal events. In 1979, she hosted season 4, episode 15 of the American sketch comedy TV show Saturday Night Live.
Other high profile parts included Willie & Phil, Some Kind of Hero and The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, Heartaches, Trenchcoat, The Glitter Dome, Little Treasure. She also made uncredited cameo appearances in Maverick (1994) and Delirious (1991). She starred on stage in Bus Stop, which 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 also produced and starred in the period miniseries Louisiana, Body of Evidence, and and episode of Tales from the Crypt.
Kidder has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which led to a widely-publicized manic episode in 1996; she was found cowering naked in undergrowth by Los Angeles police in a distressed state and the caps on her teeth having fallen out, and was later placed in psychiatric care.
In 2000, Kidder played Eileen Canboro in Apocalypse III: Tribulation, a Christian film dealing with 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 in an episode of law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2002, she appeared alongside Crispin Glover in the film adaptation, Crime and Punishment. Her career back on track, she made appearances in Robson Arms (2004), Rich Hall’s Election Special on BBC Four, The L Word, and the television series Brothers and Sisters, (2007), playing Emily Craft.
She played Barbara Collier, Laurie Strode’s therapist, in the sequel to Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) titled, Halloween II (2009), the second film in the rebooted Halloween series and the tenth Halloween film overall. The film sees the return of lead cast members Malcolm McDowell, Scout Taylor-Compton, and Tyler Mane, who portray Dr. Loomis, Laurie Strode, and Michael Myers in the 2007 film, respectively.
With the announcement of a new documentary about Daniel Lutz entitled, My Amityville Horror, and yet another Amityville Horror movie, it’s time to check up on the ‘real’ story behind the house’s haunted history.
Producer Tony DeRosa-Grund has acquired some video footage of a seance carried out in the Amityville house in 1976 and he’s going to use this material as the basis for a new feature film. The seance was filmed for a report on the local news, but also recorded for the local radio station. That particular report was produced by Michael Linder, later one of the creators of America’s Most Wanted.
Is the story of America’s most famous haunted house real horror, or a common hoax? In 1976 The Lutz family fled from their home in Amityville, Long Island, claiming that they had been driven out by terrifying and unexplained phenomena. Their story went on to become a worldwide bestseller which spawned dozens of books and films.
This followed the mysterious slaughtering of an entire family one night a few years previous. The murderer claimed it was the work of the devil. Mediums and psychic investigators have claimed that there is a curse on the property, while others believe the gruesome history has been invented as a money-making scheme.
This documentary sets out to discover the truth about one of American folklore’s most notorious mysteries and features George Lutz’s last on-camera interview before he died in 2006.
This is the two angle raw video footage that George and Tim Yancey shot for a project about the Lutz haunting. Due to his passing a short time after this was shot, the video was never used. It is the only time Tim ever publically heard him discuss the events of the last night in the house… and the only time it has been documented on film.