by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | July 5, 2016 11:37 am
It seems like so many of the truly talented actors and actresses are now passing away. Noel Neill has just gone onto a better place at the rich age of 95. She played Lois Lane, Superman’s love on the big screen. She passed away at her home in Tucson after a protracted illness. She was Lois Lane in the first Superman movie in 1948 and then she starred alongside George Reeves in the 1950’s TV series. She also played other roles in future Superman movies. She was an iconic part of American culture and will be missed.
The actress who was the first to play Superman’s love interest, Lois Lane, on screen has died. Noel Neill was 95.
Neill’s biographer Larry Ward tells The Associated Press that she died Sunday at her home in Tucson, Arizona, following a long illness.
Neill first took on the role as the Daily Planet reporter in the 1948 Columbia movie serial, “Superman.” She would reprise the part alongside George Reeves as the Man of Steel in the 1950’s TV series, “The Adventures of Superman.”
Neill’s involvement with the series continued through the years. She played Lois Lane’s mother in 1978’s “Superman” and had a bit part in “Superman Returns” in 2006.
In 2010, the city of Metropolis, Illinois, unveiled a statue of Lois Lane modeled after Neill.
The New York Times: “Ms. Neill was 28 and a veteran of 40 or so films when she was first called on to play Lois, the breezy young reporter for The Daily Planet who disdains her mild-mannered colleague Clark Kent but suspects the truth: that he is actually Superman, the dashing defender of truth, justice and the American way.” Noel Neill was born in Minneapolis on Nov. 25, 1920, the daughter of David Neill, a newspaperman who became the news editor of what is now The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and his wife, LaVere, a former dancer and singer. Neill was married three times, but leaves no family behind. She passed away alone, but she lived a full, adventurous life. Another legend goes on to greater things and it is our loss.
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