Canadian-born 'Superman' actress Margot Kidder dead at 69

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Margot was at her home when she passed away, according to the spokesperson at Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston, MT. A rep tells ABC that she died "peacefully in her sleep".

"She was very, very happy living with her dogs in Montana and being part of a really strong community", said Annie Kidder. "Off-screen she was one of the kindest, sweetest, most caring woman I've ever known", he wrote. Her Lois was spunky, feisty, and all the other adjectives associated with female leads in that era, but she additionally was more defiantly her own person than numerous love interests who appeared in male-led superhero movies in the ensuing decades. If you don't understand any of this, or any of the words I have used, you sleazy idiots, look the references up. Police responded to the call and found Margot Kidder unresponsive. Her mother, Margaret, was a teacher, and her father, Kendall, was an explosives expert whose job entailed taking the family to whatever remote place ore had been discovered. She adored Christopher Reeve, of course, but by that point she was hardly intimidated by him.

Kidder, who became an American citizen, had settled in Montana to live in a "culture-free zone" away from the spotlight and close to her daughter and grandchildren. She was first diagnosed with the condition by an L.A. psychiatrist eight years prior, but she refused to take the recommended prescription of lithium, the recommended treatment.

She also returned to acting, finding steady work in independent films, in television and on stage. Kidder was 69 years old.

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Kidder told PEOPLE five months later that the root of most of her problems - which included "mood swings that could knock over a building" - was manic depression.

Beyond her acting and mental-health advocacy, Kidder also was a vocal political activist on behalf of progressive and Democratic causes, Vanity Fair reported. There also were episodes of weird behavior, and an auto accident that left her bankrupt and partially paralyzed, People added. In 1979, she Wednesday actor John Heard, but they were divorced just six days later. It wasn't until she was forced into therapy that she was able to get a handle on her health.

"Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill tweeted the following about the actress, "On-screen she was magic".

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