Elizabeth May might not get as much attention as some of the other candidates in the federal election, but much of her story is just as interesting. For example, Elizabeth May recently got married to John Kidder, who is one of the founders of British Columbia's Green Party. Of course, anyone who knows their superhero movies might recognize John's last name. That's because John Kidder's sister, Margot, defined the role of Lois Lane in 1978's Superman.
Margot Kidder became an American icon, but she was actually born all the way up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. At 21, she made her television acting debut in the Canadian series, Wojeck. A year prior to that, Kidder appeared in the film, The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar.
After moving to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career, Kidder landed a role in the film Gaily, Gaily. Kidder also took smaller roles on television to keep herself working. Eventually, she began dating legendary film director Brian De Palma (before he was legendary) and appeared in his film Sisters in one of the lead roles. The film was a major critical success, and helped to heighten Kidder's profile in Hollywood.
Of course, Kidder's biggest role, the one that defined most of her career, was Lois Lane in Superman. "I remember when we were making it I thought it was going to be a flop. A lot of it was arduous and dull," Kidder told HeyUGuys in 2016. "I didn’t realize how good the movie was until I seen it at the premiere in Washington."
Kidder would go on to portray Lois Lane in three more superman films. She would also land an iconic role in one of the most famous horror movies of all time in 1979, The Amityville Horror.
Kidder was as much an activist as an actress, however, having been arrested in 2011 during a protest of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Unfortunately, Kidder took her own life in May 2018 at her home in Montana. She was 69. In July 2019, John Kidder scattered his sister's ashes in Yellowknife, just as she wanted. "Honestly, she thought of this as her spirit home, without a shadow of a doubt," John told CBC News.