After Her Death, Margot Kidder Received Touching Tributes From Her Fellow Lois Lanes

"She led the way brilliantly."

Actress Margot Kidder, best known for playing Lois Lane in the Superman movies of the '70s and '80s, passed away on Sunday at the age of 69. She received a number of tributes on social media, including from two women who followed in Kidder's footsteps to take on the same iconic role.

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Teri Hatcher portrayed the Daily Planet reporter in the 1990s television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, which starred Dean Cain as Clark Kent. On Monday, she tweeted a photo of Kidder in a Superman sweater at Lois' typewriter.

"It is a privilege to have shared the same role of Lois Lane with this wonderful actress," Hatcher wrote. "She led the way brilliantly. My heart goes out to her family and friends."

Erica Durance, who took on the same role in the WB series Smallville (starring Tom Welling as Clark), also posted a tribute to Kidder on Twitter, calling her "one kick ass lady" and adding, "You will be missed."

As the Huffington Post points out, Kidder and Hatcher both made guest appearances on Smallville, though neither played Lois Lane. Hatcher portrayed Lois' mother, while Kidder played Bridgette Crosby, the assistant to scientist Virgil Swann — portrayed by none other than her Superman co-star Christopher Reeve.

Kidder first appeared as Lois Lane in the 1978 film Superman, and reprised the role in three sequels, ending with Superman IV: The Quest for Peace in 1987. She was also known for her role in the original Amityville Horror in 1979.

As the New York Times reports, the actress was also open about her experience with bipolar disorder, and reportedly disliked the term "mental illness," saying in 2008, "They are a stigma and recall times when it was thought those with a disorder were possessed by the devil. I hope someone can come up with new words."

According to the Huffington Post, Kidder continued to be active at fan conventions until her death. She was scheduled to appear on a panel discussion about Superman's legacy this weekend at Motor City Comic Con.

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