Monday, May 14, 2018

5.14.18 Hero of the Day: Margot Kidder


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Name: Margot Kidder
Age: was 69
Occupation: actress
Last Seen: flying with Superman
Awarded For: being a great actress and a true American patriot


Tonight, I think I see Superman and Lois Lane flying together in the heavens.

Margaret Ruth Kidder grew up way up in Yellowknife, Canada in the Northwest Territories, pop. around 2,500 when she was born (now it's almost 10 times that). Her father was from New Mexico and was an engineer and a conservative Republican. However, her mom, an English teacher was Canadian. Growing up in remote towns like Yellowknife, she never saw movies. However, when she was 12, her mom took her to New York where they saw "Bye Bye Birdie". Kidder knew then that she wanted to be an actress.

Her first movie role was in the short 1969 Canadian film "The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar". She moved to Los Angeles and started getting mainly TV roles, but found success in films such as "Black Christmas" and "The Great Waldo Pepper". However, her breakthrough role was as Lois Lane in the 1978 film "Superman" with the late, great Christopher Reeve. She also appeared with Reeve in the next three Superman films as well. She also starred in the 1979 classic "Apocalypse Now" and still had plenty of television work, even replacing Whoopi Goldberg as Gaia on Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
Kidder, sadly was also candid with her mental issues. She battled bipolar disorder and went bankrupt due to an auto accident in 1990 that left her partially paralyzed. In 1996, her laptop contracted a virus, erasing the autobiography that she was working on for three years. She entered a manic state because of this and ended up in a mental hospital after being found in a man's backyard. It was considered one of the most-bizarre celebrity meltdowns in history. However, thanks to alternative medication, Kidder bounced back, appearing in mainly indie films and even winning an Emmy for her role on the kids series R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series in 2015.

One reason that I admire Kidder is the fact that she was a Bernie Sanders supporter and voiced her disgust of the Democratic Party's flaws. She became a US citizen in 2005 simply because she wanted Americans to have the same thoughts and ideas that have been successful in other nations around the world for decades. And why we don't have them here is beyond anybody's guess.

It's a shame that both Kidder and Christopher Reeve left us too damn young. I lauded Reeve for his approval of embryonic stem cell research, especially after the horse riding accident that left him paralyzed and eventually dead. The two remained good friends until Reeve's death in 2004.

But in reality, Margot Kidder could have easily been a Superwoman, too.


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