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Live action legacy of Lois and Clark.

  • Kirk Alyn and Noel Neill
  • George Reeves and Phyllis Coates 
  • Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder
  • Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher 
  • Tom Welling and Erica Durance
  • Brandon Routh and Kate Bosworth
  • Henry Cavill and Amy Adams
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REST IN PEACE, Noel Neill (November 25, 1920 - July 3, 2016)
     Kind words and fond memories continue to be shared by comic creators, like Gail Simone, and former Lois Lanes, like Dana Delany and Erica Durance, in the wake of the passing of Noel Neill, the first live action Lois Lane. She will be missed.

RIP Noel Neill, first actress to portray Lois Lane on screen. As a girl, she wanted to be a journalist; she wound up portraying one of pop culture’s most famous reporters. She starred opposite Kirk Alyn in the original serials, and she joined George Reeves in the TV series beginning with the show’s second season. Ms. Neill’s affiliation with the Man of Steel continued; she made cameo appearances in both the 1978 “Superman” and 2006’s “Superman Returns.”

Noel Neill played Lois Lane in the film serials Superman (1948) and Atom Man vs. Superman (1950) as well as the TV series Adventures of Superman (1951-58).

She played Lois Lane’s mother, Ellen “Ella” Lane, in a cameo in Superman: The Movie (1978). This started a tradition among Lois Lane actresses. Another TV Lois, Phyllis Coates, later played Ella Lane on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in the 1990s. And that series’ Lois, Teri Hatcher, in turn appeared as Ella Lane on Smallville in 2010.

Noel Neill also played Gertrude Vanderworth, the dying elderly wife of Lex Luthor, in Superman Returns (2006).

Above: page from Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane Annual #2 (1963)

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Celebrating eight decades of “The Man of Steel” soaring across the big & small screens!