First LOIS LANE Actress, NOEL NEILL, Passes Away at 95

NOel Neill
Credit: Warner Bros.
Credit: Warner Bros.

Actress Noel Neill, who played Lois Lane in both the 1940s Superman film serials as well as the 1950s TV series Adventures of Superman, has died at age 95 in Tuscon Arizona after a long illness.

"After years of playing bit parts in bad films and great roles in forgotten films, she finally found her niche," said her biographer and agent Larry Ward in a statement posted on Facebook. "As a teenager she knew all about the newspaper business from her father and she had also actually written for Women's Wear Daily in the late 1930s, so it was a role she believed she was born to play. And as she would admit in interviews later in life, she simply played herself."

After playing Lois Lane both opposite Kirk Alyn and George Reeves, Neill re-joined the Superman franchise on several other occasions including 1978's Superman: The Movie, the 1980s Superboy television series, and in 2006's Superman Returns. Neill also appeared in numerous westerns.

A statue of Noel Neill as Lois Lane was erected in Metropolis, Illinois in 2010.

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