Margot Kidder Biography

Birthday: 1948-10-17
Place of Birth: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories Canada
Height: 5' 6½" (1.69 m)
Wiki Biography: Born Margaret Ruth Kidder to Jill Kidder and Kendall Kidder, a mining engineer, in Yellowknife, Canada, on October 17, 1948, 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 wasn't aware 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 (1973). 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 hooked her up with 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) were to be 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 did 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 writer her autobiography, she began to become more and more paranoid. When her computer was 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 bargain. After an intervention took place, she got back on her feet and started the mental wellness campaign. Since then she has sustained her career in film, television, and theater, recently appearing in a Canadian stage production of "The Vagina Monologues".

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Nichols 1971 - 1972
The Gravy Train 1974 Action
Superman Lois Lane 1988 Action
Common Ground Mrs. Nelson 2013 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
I'll Be Seeing You Frances 1944
Heartaches 1947 Game Show, Comedy
The Mob 1951
Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx Zazel 1973 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Black Christmas Barb 1974 Reality Tv
The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 Adventure, Drama
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud 1975 Horror, Mystery
Superman Lois Lane 1978 0, 0, Sport
Superman II Lois Lane 1981 Action, Sci Fi
Some Kind of Hero 1982 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Superman III Lois Lane 1983 0, Sport, 0
Trenchcoat 1983 Comedy, Family, Mystery
The Canadian Conspiracy 1985
GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords Solitaire 1985
Little Treasure Margo 1985 Biography, 0, 0
GoBots: War of the Rock Lords Solitaire 1986 Animation
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Lois Lane 1987 0
Keeping Track Mickey Tremaine 1987 Thriller
Mob Story 1989 Comedy
White Room 1991 Drama
La Florida Vivy Lamori 1994 Comedy
Beanstalk Doctor Kate 'Doc' Winston 1994 0, 0
Windrunner Sally 'Mom' Cima 1994 Family, Fantasy
Henry & Verlin Mabel 1997
The Planet of Junior Brown Miss Peebs 1997 Drama
Shadow Zone: My Teacher Ate My Homework Sol 1997 Comedy, Horror
Never Met Picasso Genna Magnus 1997 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Hi-Line Laura Johnson 1999
The Clown at Midnight Ellen Gibby 1999 Horror, Thriller
Silent Cradle Cindy Wilson 1999 Crime, Drama, Mystery
The Annihilation of Fish Mrs. Muldroone 2000 Romance
Tribulation Eileen Canboro 2000 Drama, Thriller
Angel Blade Frida 2002 Thriller
Crime and Punishment Mrs. Katerina Marmelodov 2002 Drama
Death 4 Told Madam Badeau 2004 Thriller
Cool Money 2005 Drama
The Last Sign Endora 2005 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Chicks with Sticks Edith Taymore 2005 Comedy, Drama, Sport
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Lois Lane 2006
A Single Woman 2007
Universal Signs Rose Callahan 2008 Drama
Love at First Kill Beth 2008 Thriller
On the Other Hand, Death Dorothy 2008 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Halloween II Barbara Collier 2009 Horror
Redemption: For Robbing the Dead Marlys Baptiste 2011
Servitude Mrs. Crank 2012 Comedy
Matt's Chance Mother Mable 2013 Comedy, Drama
Real Gangsters Stella Kelly 2013 Crime, Drama
Pride of Lions Jean Dempsey 2014 Drama