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Born in Minneapolis, Noel Neill
originally thought of becoming a journalist, like her newspaper-editor father,
before she gained fame playing one onscreen. She modeled and sang while in her
teens, then wrote for Women's Wear Daily before moving into acting
after moving to Los Angeles, she was hired by Bing Crosby to sing at the
racetrack in Del Mar, California, and then signed a contract with Paramount.
She appeared in more than 40 films, including Mad Youth, Are
These Our Parents?, Music Man, and a series of film and TV
Westerns, with directors including Vincente Minnelli, Cecil B. DeMille, and Hal
appearance as Lois Lane was in the 1948 movie serial Superman, with
Kirk Alyn, which showed her talent for humor. She then appeared in the sequel, Atom
Man vs. Superman. The 1950s television series Adventures of
Superman, starring George Reeves, gave her a longtime role as the
intrepid reporter. In 1952, when Adventures of Superman was created
for television, another actress, Phyllis Coates, was cast as Lois, but after
one season, Coates left the show and Neill stepped into the role, where she
remained until the series went off the air in 1958. She said later in interviews
that she simply played herself. There were plans to bring the show back, but
they came to a halt in 1959 with Reeves's mysterious death. On the subject of
his death, which was eventually ruled a suicide, she stated, "I am not
aware of anyone who wanted George dead. I never said I thought George was
murdered. I just don't know what happened. All I know is that George always
seemed happy to me, and I saw him two days before he died and he was still
after the Adventures of Superman TV series ended in 1958, but was a
familiar face at conventions and signings, and returned for small roles in
later Superman films. She played Lois Lane's mother in the 1978 Christopher
Reeve Superman and was featured in the Superboy TV
series, and in the 2006 Brandon Routh–starrer Superman Returns, she
played Gertrude Vanderworth, the old broad who leaves her fortune to Lex Luthor.
Eventually she went into public relations, working in the United Artists
television department, where one of her assignments was handling Tom Selleck's
end, not even Superman could prevent the advancement of time. Ms. Neill lived
out her remaining years in her own Fortress of Solitude, located in Tucson,
Arizona. She died there on July 3, 2016, at the age of 95.
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