Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Margot Kidder R.I.P.
The passing of Margot Kidder has affected me more than I might've expected. The Superman movies of the late 70's were some of the most thoroughly convincing presentations of a superhero on screen I'd ever seen. Christopher Reeve was ideal in the title role but his counterpart of Lois Lane as portrayed by Margot Kidder added the pepper to a story which could have easily mired itself in schmaltz and self-importance. Kidder's Lois was a sultry and snarky and potent agent of her own, not looking to anyone on this world or any other to protect her, though her reckless nature made that saving important.
Kidder herself was a rambunctious person by all accounts who truly sucked the marrow out of life before life turned on her in brutal ways. Her difficulties are well known, and her brave, even brazen manner made her survive them all and even allowed us to root for her as she struggled to find balance in a life we all fight to make sense of. Margot Kidder was a "dame" of the first order, a powerful personality who for a brief time evoked a character who represented the best in us all, the desire to know the truth whatever the cost.