Friday, September 12, 2008

Margot Kidder

Margot Kidder is an actress best known for her role as "Lois Lane" in the hit movie Superman and its sequels. Kidder was born on October 17, 1948 in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

As a child Kidder's goal was to eventually become a movie star. However, she experienced constant mood swings, but wasn't sure why. She tried to commit suicide several times - the first time was at age 14 - but would quickly recover the days following such mood swings. Kidder's father was a mining engineer and her family move frequently - she attended 11 different schools over a 12-year period. In an effort to help her deal with her emotional problems, Kidder's parents sent her to a boarding school where she took part in school plays such as Romeo and Juliet.

After graduating from high school, Kidder moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. After struggling for a while, she eventually acquired a Canadian agent and appeared in some TV shows. During the late 1960s, Kidder was based in Toronto, and appeared in a number of TV drama series for the CBC, including guest appearances on Wojeck, Adventures in Rainbow Country, and an occasional role as a young reporter on McQueen.

In 1971, Kidder appeared as a barmaid in several episodes of Nichols, a comedy Western TV show starring James Garner. Kidder lived in a beach house in Los Angeles with fellow actress Jennifer Salt during the early 1970s. While living at the beach house, Kidder and Salt befriended several struggling filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, and Steven Spielberg. Kidder eventually became involved with De Palma and he later cast her in a leading role in his 1973 motion picture, Sisters.

Kidder also had small roles in minor movies and in TV shows such as Barnaby Jones, Baretta, Wide World Mystery, and Switch during the mid-1970s. In an apparent effort to raise her profile, Kidder also appeared nude in the March 1975 issue of Playboy.

Kidder's biggest break came in 1978 when she was cast as Lois Lane in the hugely successful Superman movie. Kidder's portrayal of Lois Lane as an ambitious yet vulnerable and emotionally lonely woman trying to succeed received rave reviews and made her a major movie star. Kidder reprised her role for Superman II, III, and IV. Despite her success, Kidder pissed off the Superman producers when she foolishly publicly criticized the decision to replace Richard Donner with Richard Lester as director of 1980's Superman II. As an apparently punishment, Kidder's role in Superman III was limited to a mere 5 minutes of the film.

Kidder followed up her success in Superman with an appearance in the 1979 hit horror flick, The Amityville Horror. She also appeared in many lesser roles in TV shows and in movies throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

In her personal life, Kidder has dated former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and director Brian De Palma, as discussed above. She has been married and divorced 3 times - to American novelist Thomas McGuane (with whom she had her only child, daughter Maggie, in 1976), to actor John Heard, and to French film director Philippe de Broca. None of her marriages lasted longer than a year. Since her divorce from De Broca in 1984, she has said that she prefers the companionship of her dogs.

Kidder's life had some unusual twists and turns during the 1990s. In 1990 Kidder was involved in a horrible car accident and went bankrupt when she was unable to work for two years. Kidder suffered horrible pain in her neck and took medication that left her mind "muddied."

In 1996 Kidder apparently suffered a nervous breakdown after a computer virus destroyed three years worth of files stored on her computer's hard drive. Kidder immediately began fearing that her ex-husband Thomas McGuane was trying to kill her. Kidder's paranoia caused her to leave her home and live on the street for a few days. After several days of living on the streets, Kidder was discovered hiding in a neighbor’s bushes. Kidder had cut her hair short with a safety razor in an effort to disguise herself and the neighbors mistook her for a homeless woman. Kidder claimed that during the previous days, she visited other men living in cardboard boxes and smoking crack pipes. One of the bums, named Charlie, looked after Kidder and gave her some food to eat. However, not all of the homeless men treated her well - another homeless man allegedly tried to rape Kidder, kicking her in the stomach, hitting her in the face and dislodging the caps on her front teeth.

Kidder was eventually discovered by police in Glendale, a suburb of Los Angeles, and taken to a hospital for observation. Kidder was diagnosed with manic depression and given treatment. Kidder recovered and has since appeared in minor roles on various TV shows over the past decade.

Kidder is well-known for her left-wing politics and was publicly derided during the first Persian Gulf War for criticizing the U.S.'s war efforts. Kidder's criticism earned her the nickname, "Baghdad Betty."

Margot Kidder rose from obscurity to become one of the best-known actresses on the late-1970s. However, mental illness and her loud, opinionated mouth quickly killed her career. Although she has had a steady stream of minor acting roles over the past 20+ years, Kidder is not even close to being a "Hollywood star" right now. Accordingly, there can be no doubt that Margot Kidder is one washed-up celebrity!

70 comments:

Anonymous said...

In the autographed b&w photo she's a total knockout!!! she still doesn't look too bad for a woman of 60 :-)

Anonymous said...

Margot appears in too many flop
films. Her career is over.

Anonymous said...

Just because she's opposed to the war doesn't make her "loudmouthed & opinionated" Hundreds of celebrities have come out and spoken in favor of and against the war, both times. If Christopher Reeve was still alive I'd bet you people would put him on this list too.

Anonymous said...

I wonder how many blowjobs she gave to homeless crackheads? She probably did just about everything imaginable (or unimaginable) to get her hands on some 'rock'. Margot should get an HIV test. Seriously.

Movie Fan said...

^^^ Anonymous (September 14, 2008 10:53 AM), Margot Kidder publicly criticized the producers of Superman for replacing Richard Donner as director of Superman II. Hollywood viewed her as having a bad attitude for her insubordination, regardless of her political views.

Her mouth did hurt her career. The producers of Superman got back at her by limiting her role in Superman III to a mere 5 minutes of screen time - for a character central to the Superman story, that isn't much screen time.

Gay_Zack said...

instead of criticizing the producers, she should have blown them, much like she did to the homeless dudes. I think she should do a sex tape of her getting gang raped and blowing many homeless crack addicts. This would definitely put her career back on track. Maybe all the guys gang raping her could be dressed in Superman outfits, except for one dresse as Lex Luthor. Lex would be trying to gay it up with the Supermans and stop them from having non-gay sex, so the Supermans would have to do everything in their power to NOT get buttfucked and still put their supercocks in any of Margot's orifices. This could really prove to be a very HOT and SEXY tape that could possibly lead to more porn, but just maybe at some point she could land a part working with the great Bob Saget. I guess a queen like me can always dream.

feefee said...

I always considered her to be rather ugly. Never understood how they cast her as the lead in Superman. I guess she gave great head.

Anonymous said...

Makes me wanna do a little dance, make a little love, & get down tonite.

Anonymous said...

Movie fan just thought of a washed up celeb for you. Ron Palillio a.k.a horseshack from welcome back kotter. Afterall he a celebrity boxer with fellow loser Dustin "Screech" Diamond.

Anonymous said...

I think she's beautiful. She's always been one of my favorite actresses. Black Christmas was good too.

Michelle said...

She's been working, unlike most of the actors on your list, and not infomercials, either. She was great as Jenny's mom on The L Word.

rock-n-roll-king said...

Margot Kidder is DEAD you foolish person! How disrespectful of the dead can you be?

Movie Fan said...

^^^ Margot Kidder is still very much alive!

Anonymous said...

Wow to look good in one of those horrible high buttoned mormon dresses of the eighties is something. She's got that black Irish sort of beauty.

But damn that part about her living in her neighbours' bushes after shaving her head, made me laugh so hard it brought on my bronchitis! That's actually kind of sad.

Anonymous said...

Most of the prior comments seem to be completely insensitive to a chemical imbalance of the brain which is what she has and yet, despite that she has and did have a successful career in a very stressful field. God Bleas those of you who are so ignorant! You will need much prayer and forgiveness for your blatant ignorance.

JewveBeenFramed said...

Crazy bitch. I would have just dropped a log on those homeless dudes.

Big Ben Healy said...

She should 69 Carrie Fisher. I'll watch.

Anonymous said...

Margot is going to be in Rob Zombie's sequel to the Halloween remake!!

Anonymous said...

maybe in the prequel to halloween michael meyers should fuck superman in the ass while stabbing wildy towards that tranny jamie lee curtis. oh wait, i'm sorry she's not a tranny. she's a fucking man.

my father came from arkansas! said...

i saw her eating dog shit off of a hobo's crack pipe all the while getting fucked by superman and michael meyers. and i heard she only takes it double stuffed up her ass. seeing his cock pushed up against michael meyer's with his x-ray vision is the only way superman can cum anymore.

Anonymous said...

Why so mean spirited, most of you dudes? Where is the love? Sad sack haters, I gotta say. Love somebody, eh fellas?

Anonymous said...

Relax, theres to much hate. she had a bad spot in her life, and she turned it around. and feefee... grow up!

Anonymous said...

Relax, shes good people. and fee fee grow up

Anonymous said...

Why so many haters? She needs to cum and needs cum. Cup the superman balls, stroke the supershaft and guzzle the super-gravey!
ALSO---Hobos need to cum too.

Anonymous said...

Margot Kidder is an Atheist. In a February 2000 TV Guide article written by Rich Brown, Kidder is quoted as saying:

"I went through millions of dollars -- I have no idea how much. I'd buy things for friends, take people to Paris. Once I stayed up for three weeks in a row because I felt like I was called upon to write a new religion for women. I was reading all these books, including the Bible -- and I'm an atheist."

--BZ

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22-Oct-01 - Interviewed for an article on the Christian movie industry, Kidder had this to say about her involvement in "Tribulation", a "rapture" film:

"I was broke, and I said to my agent, 'Get me a job.' When I read the script, I thought it was this strange thriller. It really wsn't until I was on the set that I realised these guys were serious. You can't imagine my horror. You know, this is an acting trick, but when I play a baddie in a movie I usually wear a cross. That's what I think of organised religion. And now, since being in this movie, I keep getting fan letters from Christians saying, ' We're glad you saw the light. Would you like to come speak at our church?' Before this, my fan base was mostly prisoners." ("Lights! Camera! Rapture!" by Sott Spencer, The New Yorker, Sept 10 2001, p108)

I did like the fim she was in the original "Black Christmas" from the 1970's.

Nat Jay said...

I loved her part in the Superman movie, but it's sad how paranoia can grip even the best of us. She did have some talent, but the rest is arguable.

Anonymous said...

I don't care what she has done or not done - I fell in love with Margot the moment I saw Superman II when I was in high school, and I love her still. She may be at Comicon San Diego this year! She was last year, but only for an hour or two, then she had to go get her crack pipe . . . Love love love her! Just kidding about the crack pipe Margot!

Margot Kidder - alive or dead said...

Pretty good in Haloween 2 as well, she's not had too much in the way of hits I suppose but she's still pretty well known. Love the comment about the blowjobs/homeless crackheads. Even if I don't agree with it. Probably.

av3nger said...

What the hell, it seems that she had good intentions when she had the feeling that the writer for Super Man I and Super Man II was great. I just looked the reviews for III and IV and they are terrible. She "ran her mouth" for the sake of saving good writing...which failed and seemed to backfire on her.

av3nger said...

It looks like she knew that the writer for Superman I and II was a good writer. She was protecting good writing which seems to had backfired. I looked the reviews up for Superman III and Superman IV and they are terrible.

Anonymous said...

she liked getting her back door poked while giving head to dirty crack smokers. what a skank!

Anonymous said...

You know,l mental illness is not always easy to diagnose.

Anonymous said...

Why point your finger at someone elses life Look at your hand for 3 fingers point back to you

BOTR said...

^^^

HA HA HA! I never heard that one before. You're so original!

Eddie R said...

Who is this weirdo again?

willy jerk-off said...

I want to bugger Margot Kidder (as the bird was in 1966 when the bird was 18, not as the bird is now obviously).

Anonymous said...

Such naughty remarks! Regardless, I wonder, did she ever recieve a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?
She certainly is a star of that caliber and certainly deserves it. Shame if Superman's almost wife was'nt present; ALMOST unamerican. Double naughty. DS

Anonymous said...

I am approxiamately Margot age, so if she is having fun or enjoying her life, let her be ! If she was involved with any Hobos I am sure these guys enjoyed her company, and just maybe Margot enjoyed her encounter !Just maybe these guy(s)gave her something she never had...
But I cannot down-grade Margot I would not mind meeting her-she probably is still a very interesting person-she still is a celebrity in my book !If she is enjoying herself let her be !

Victor Sobrado said...

I don't concider Margo Kidder washed up. Atleast she was able to achieve a point in her life where some people could only dream about.. that's how I like to remember her. For all we know she could very happy in her life today.

Daniel Dalton said...

Margot Kidder is one of the coolest, most unique, beautiful, intelligent and funny actresses ever to grace the silver screen. She has an amazing sense of what's right and isn't afraid to speak her mind. She's very real and doesn't take herself too seriously, much like Carrie Fisher and William Shatner. I admire her for her resilience, ambition, talent, determination, and natural aging. I fell for her as a small boy after seeing "Superman: The Movie", especially the scene where she's sitting at the table interviewing Superman for the first time. Flawless makeup,
excellent lighting, and that sexy dress. Wow, a knockout. After that I was fascinated by her and saw most of her work. "Quackser Fotune Has Cousin In The Bronx" with Gene Wilder, "Sisters" by Brian DePalma, "The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud", "Black Christmas", "The Great Waldo Pepper" with Robert Redford and Susan Sarandon, "92 In The Shade" with Peter Fonda, "Some Kind Of Hero" with Richard Pryor, "Heartaches" for which she won a Genie Award (the Canadian version of an Academy Award). She also won a Saturn Award for "Superman: The Movie". She hosted Saturday Night Live in 1979, during the golden era of the show, when Belushi, Ackroyd, and Murray were on. Her t.v. work also includes starring on 3 series, Nichols '71-'72 ABC, Shell Game '87 CBS, and Boston Common '96-'97 NBC. Also guest-starring on episodes of Tales From The Crypt, Murder, She Wrote, Touched By An Angel, Smallville, and Brothers And Sisters. She had cameo appearances in "Delirious" (1990) starring John Candy, "Maverick" (1994) starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, and James Garner.

Anonymous said...

I wish people understood mental illness and the stigma that goes with it. Even with it she accomplished more then most. I lost my son to mental illness at the age of 22 mostly because people dont understand depression.

Anonymous said...

How sad that someone is deriving pleasure from developing a website that chronicles the misfortunes of celebrities who have not had recent success. Only goes to show that this person is as sick as some of the celebs.

Anonymous said...

It's informative, you idiot. Never forget that "acting" is not a job. It's a lottery ticket cashed in.. Actors are all mentally ill. They are over paid for "acting"! Anyone can do it.

the sayer of the truth said...

Hey Anonymous, you seem to forget that being 'a celebrity' is the same as being 'a pile of dog-shit' ! ! !.

BUD said...

We all have done things that we would never want other to see or know about - but sometimes others do see and know. I don't hold her leftist political views against her [otherwise 90% of the movie actors & actresses would be on my 'don't see' list]. And nobody ever chose to be a victim of clinical depression; in her life it was not diagnosed every early. She did some fine film work before she hit rock bottom [Her role in "Sisters" is particularly good.] We should hope that she can recover from the mistakes and the clinical depression and enjoy her senior years in peace.

Anonymous said...

Margos idea of kidding is giving out blowjpbs to crackheads in potajohns

Unknown said...

We had the privilege of her presence on the set of our feature "Redemption - For Robbing the Dead". Her performance as a consummate professional belies the title of this blog. Her poise, skill, and talent are self-evident in the film. Her willingness to mentor the young crew and pour herself into an uncomfortable role are more proof of an engaging, capable actress.

Thank you, Margie!!

Bill Nelson - Executive Producer

Unknown said...

We had the privilege of enjoying Margot's presence on the set during the filming of our feature "Redemption-For Robbing The Dead" in 2011. Her poise, talent, and commitment to her craft are evident in our film. Her willingness to immerse herself in a role that closely mirrors her own life experience is a testament to her personal strength.

Washed up? Watch her scenes in our feature and judge for yourself. We are so grateful for her significant contribution to our project, and her willingness to mentor our young crew. Thank you Margie!

Bill Nelson - Executive Producer
FirstLight Independent

Anonymous said...

How many knock out actresses remain acting at 60 years of age? She is an activist and she got cured naturally of bipolar disorder, and then went on to give talks to help others. God Bless her for her courage and her new goals in life, which are to help people. Acting is one thing, social activism for the greater good is another. Hats off to her.

I'm sick of hearing criticisms by people based on shallow grounds. It just goes to show you how sick society has become.

Anonymous said...

Give her a break n look in the mirror all u friggin loosers!

Anonymous said...

i believe that margo kidder was one of the most
beautiful women ever in the movies. her mental problems took a lot of courage to deal with and, no doubt, caused her a great deal of pain. it is hard to
believe that she did so well.

Anonymous said...

Unbelievably stupid, immature comment. Once again the internet brings out the idiots.

Anonymous said...

It's more like a jackass like you shouldn't be allowed to post pointless crap such as this! Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

She is still sucking crack heads off

Anonymous said...

now blowing big horn sheep in Montana.

Anonymous said...

Lol I thought it was funny go eat a dick serious Margot kidder fan.

Anonymous said...

Man I sure wish I was a homeless guy in Glendale, Ca during the 90's. She's dreamy... As well as homeless crackhead creamy

Anonymous said...

The women was very ill, she didn't actually Know what was Happening to her. The absolute very serious And quite deliberate Ignorance of the true reality of her plight, displayed here, is truely dreadful. Margot shall probably have the last laugh of all in the end. I do hope none of the wierdo sex freaks and Doxy scrubber bastards here, leaving filth 'for a laugh' and. Scribbling boring banality here, I hope you don't ever suffer true mental illness against your wills, some one may rape you against your will etc, then we'l see how confident and vulgarly loudmouthed you'd be? My surmise would be that you'd be the Very first to scream 'injustice' and 'help me' how you dare to be bastards of such gravity is beyond me, but ask your mother's, she'l know.

Homeless Crackhead said...

I wonder how many blowjobs she gave
to homeless crackheads?

I got one from her.

Anonymous said...

This chick looks like she would fit in at the following places: low rent hotel front desk clerk, truck stop parking lot and/ or diner, tobacco store (strip mall kind), day shift waitress at a topless bar where bikers go (outlaw bikers not the rich guy weekend warrior types)in Montana or Florida actually just Florida, and finally a low rent Renaissance fair (there aren't any other kinds actually). Just my opinion.

Glenn A said...

The original Superman films are being repeated in Britain at the moment. I kind of like Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, she looks like she's been around the block a few times but is still worth the candle.
In real life she has been through nearly as much hell as Christopher Reeve did. A near fatal car crash, bankruptcy, mental illness, ruined marriages, and that spell as a down and out must have been awful. Also her political views, which are to the left by American standards, have caused plenty of criticism.
However, Margot seems to battle on and was good in Superman and until Teri Hatcher came along, defined Lois Lane as a seventies/eightois career woman who was a bit vulnerable

jesse kaellis said...

In 1969 I met her brother at the Free School on Saturna Island, BC. But, whatever.

Anonymous said...

You are a lowlife loser who is jealous of what you'll never have....even if their career is waning, at least they had wonderful starring roles and are admired by millions.
You are sad, pathetic and hateful and clueless.

Terry McGee said...

My Uncle Henry use to tell me stories that gang members would tell him in prison when he was a C.O.(Take this story with a grain of salt). So here we go! Supposedly, Margot used to score her goodies on 59th street close to Hyde Park in South Central L.A. For her to drive down to that area in a Benz takes a lot of guts or a super duper high! Anyway, most of the Crips in that area actually had a lot of respect for her, just because she was a Hollyweird actress that scored her own crap. Usually Hollyweird actors send their assistants to score crap for them. But not Margot! Supposedly one of the Crip members recognized her and said "Hey! You that lady that played Superman's Ho!" Bewildered by the statement, Margot replied "Just give me the goods you dark sexy mofo!" Ever since that day in February of 1985, Margot was known by all the Crips as "That lady that played Superman's Ho!"

Geosnoopy said...

I sure I agree with you there. Absolute morons.

Anonymous said...

Better late than never for my response. Thank you, Anonymous March 31, 2009!

I think, (or hope!), you will agree with me that people that have this much hate against others are also very unsatisfied with themselves. God bless them with enlightenment.

And for those who are talking about blow jobs and crack pipes, you sounds like you are playing out your own fantasies.
It sounds like your reality is not fulfilling.
Try building up, instead of tearing down.

Anonymous said...

Please go find yourself a life. You are wasting space on this planet with your erudition on this site. Yeah, I'll wait while you look up the meaning of that word.

lia jones said...
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lia jones said...

No she not u big dummy stop making false comments

tatum kidder said...

Facts son like she is sexy ass hell