OBIT | Margot Kidder, Lois Lane in the 'Superman' franchise, dies

Margot Kidder, who starred as Lois Lane in the ``Superman'' film franchise of the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died.

Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston, Montana, posted a notice on its website saying Kidder died Sunday at her home there. She was 69.

No further details were given and messages left with Kidder's representatives were not immediately returned.

``Superman'' was a superhero blockbuster two decades before comic book movies became the norm at the top of the box office.

Both Kidder and co-star Christopher Reeve, who played Superman, were relative unknowns when they got their leading parts, and neither saw many major roles afterward. Reeve died in 2004.

The Canadian-born Kidder also appeared in 1975's ``The Great Waldo Pepper'' with Robert Redford and 1978's ``The Amityville Horror.''