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.
Noel Neill was the first professional woman I remember seeing on TV who wore a suit to work everyday and loved her job. Neill, who July 3 at the age of 94, played Lois Lane in the Adventures of Superman which I remember airing in endless repeats when I was young.
Her Lois was smart, aggressive and a much better reporter than Clark Kent. Oh and the whole “Lois is so stupid she can’t tell Superman and Clark Kent is the same person?”
Neill portrayed Lois for five years on the popular program (She was proceeded by Phyllis Coates who I didn’t like nearly as much). After the show was cancelled in 1960 she spent the next decade and half in and out of acting but always remained tightly coupled with the character by fans.
When the 1979 Superman movie came out she had a cameo as the mother of a young Lois Lane (opposite Kirk Alyn who played Superman on movie serials)
She would appear in a variety of cameos in Superman related properties over the next decades including the dying wife of Kevin Spacey’s Lex Luthor in Superman Returns.
There have been many actresses who have portrayed Lois Lane through the years and I have my favorites.
But Noel Neill was my first and she will always have a special place in my heart.
I can’t help but think that seeing her on TV, playing that smart journalist somehow played into my later getting a degree in journalism.
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, the first actress to play Lois Lane in live-action in The Adventures of Superman in 1948, has passed away. Neill also had cameo appearances in both Richard Donner’s original Superman, and Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns. She was immortalised when a statue of Lois Lane was erected bearing her likeness in Illinois, after being honoured with the title ““First Lady of Metropolis” in 2011. May her soul rest in peace! (x)