Margot Kidder as Lois Lane hero

Superman director Richard Donner pays tribute to Margot Kidder, the 'one true Lois Lane'

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May 14, 2018, 8:20 PM EDT

Legendary director Richard Donner (The Goonies, Lethal Weapon) remembered Margot Kidder today, after the news of her death at the age of 69 became public. Donner directed Kidder as Lois Lane in the first two live-action Superman films, co-starring Christopher Reeve.

"Margot’s passing is a very painful loss," Donner, 88, said a statement provided to SYFY WIRE. "There was only one true Lois Lane. There was only one true Margot Kidder. Extraordinarily creative, artistic and humorous. An overused statement, but totally true: she touched everyone she met and everyone she worked with. A troubled life, which she overcame through grace. These are difficult words to write, so simply – you will be so very missed, my dear Margot."

Kidder got the role of Lane after Donner had seen her work on the Western series Nichols (1971-1972), where she starred as the barmaid Ruth. Donner would later state to The Hollywood Reporter that he knew she was right for the part when she tripped on her way into the casting office. "I just fell in love with her. It was perfect, this clumsy [behavior]," he said. 

Suffering a nervous breakdown in the late '90s, Kidder still maintained a steady career in film and on television, including a guest spot on the Superman prequel show Smallville. Donner is joined by others in Hollywood who are are mourning Kidder's passing. Mark Hamill, Teri Hatcher, and Kumail Nanjiani all made heartfelt posts to the late actress on Twitter earlier today.