Noel Neill, first screen actress to play Lois Lane, dies at 95

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Sad news: Variety is reporting that the first actress to portray Daily Planet journalist and damsel in distress Lois Lane has left us.

Noel Neill was 95 and living in Tucson. She died Sunday after a long illness.

Neill first played the intrepid reporter in a 1948 Superman movie serial and its sequel Atom Man vs. Superman, later reprising the role for the 1950s TV series Adventures of Superman opposite George Reeves.

Variety notes Neill also appeared in 1978’s Christopher Reeve-starring Superman as the mother of Lois Lane (then played by Margot Kidder), as well as the late ’80s/early ’90s Superboy TV series and 2006’s big-screen Superman Returns.

From Neill and Kidder to Teri Hatcher, Kate Bosworth and Amy Adams, many ladies have brought Lois to life on screen — but this is the one I compare them all to, for some reason. It must be all those Reeves reruns on Nick at Nite back in the day. She was a super gal.

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