Margot Kidder certainly has aged, but to be fair, life has thrown her a few curve balls and unlike the other screwballs in this blog, it’s beyond her control. Margot started out appearing in television shows such as McQueen, Nicholas and Wojeck (I don’t know either). She appeared in low-budget Canadian movies in the 60s and early 70s before her big break in the horror film Black Christmas (1974). Do you remember that one? Dear God wasn’t that creepy? Some Christmas. A nude pictorial of Kidder was published in the March 1975 issue of Playboy, that proved to be creepier than Black Christmas. Apparently Margot hadn’t discovered the razor yet. Kidder is best known for her role as Lois Lane in the box office 1978 hit film Superman: The Movie and its sequels, which sucked. That was when her career took a serious nosedive. After Superman IV (seriously) in 1987, Margot disappeared from the screen. She was in one day and out the next. Margot made cameo appearances in Maverick (1994) and Delirious (1991).
video: Superman 2 – Margot Kidder
video: Margot Kidder Letterman
video: Black Christmas **creepy**
Slowly roles started to trickle in again. In 2000 she appeared in Apocalypse III: Tribulation. She later stated she thought it was a comedy and didn’t know it was serious until she was on the set. She must have a great agent. In 2001, she played a guest role as the abusive mother of a serial killer in “Pique“, an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She made guest appearances on other sitcoms including The L Word (eww) Brothers & Sisters and Robson Arms. She also appeared in feature films in spite of how haggard she had become.
video: Margot Kidder on Nicholas
video: Margot Kidder Interview at Halloween II Premiere
That’s where it gets tawdry.
In 1996 Margot suffered a mental breakdown brought on by bipolar disorder. She was discovered naked, cowering beneath a bush with broken teeth in a manic episode (hopefully she had discovered the razor by then). She was featured in the Family Guy episode “Mr. Saturday Knight“. She is shown sitting down eating dinner with Peter and Lois Griffin. When Lois compliments her on her performance as Lois Lane, Margot screams, tears up the house and jumps through a window. She is shown twice more in a manic state. Amazing what bipolar disorder can do for a girl’s career. In 2009 Margot stated she hadn’t suffered a manic episode in ten years. Yeah, we believe you. That’s because Inside Edition wasn’t there.
video: Family Guy – Manic Margot
video: Margot Kidder interviewed by studio kaiju
In spite of Bipolar Disorder she’s working again.
Read the blog.
Comeback Grade: B for Bipolar comes in handy as good PR