First Lois Lane Dead at 95

Noel Neill played the reporter in the 1940s, 1950s
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 5, 2016 10:06 AM CDT
First Lois Lane Dead at 95
In this June 11, 2010, file photo, Noel Neill, who played Lois Lane, jokes with Josh Boultinghouse, the official superman of the Superman Celebration, during an unveiling of the Lois Lane/ Noel Neill statue in Metropolis, Ill.    (Stephen Rickerl)

The actress who was the first to play Superman's onscreen love interest, Lois Lane, has died, the AP reports. Noel Neill was 95. Neill's biographer Larry Ward confirms 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. (More obituary stories.)

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