October 17 in Sci-Fi History: Big Day for Superman

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Mar 26, 2021, 12:00 AM EDT (Updated)

Today would have been the 103rd birthday of Jerry Siegel, co-creator of Superman.


Born in 1914, Siegel met his collaborator Joe Shuster in high school, and the rest is history. Superman was the beginning of a long and storied career for Siegel and Shuster that included some epic fights with Warner Brothers and even the FBI. Throughout it all, though, Superman remains the superhero's superhero.


Today, it turns out, is also the birthday of Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane to Christopher Reeve's Clark Kent in Superman (1978). And then again in Superman II (1981), Superman III (1983), and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987).


Kidder was born on this day in 1948 in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Her career contained a ton of roles. She was also on The Dick Cavett Show with Gloria Swanson and Janis Joplin. It's amazing:


Kidder continues to work as an actress, most recently winning a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children’s Programming for 2014’s R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.

Tomorrow: Battlestar Mindy.