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: Gals would come up to me and go “Gee, you know it was something when I saw you on television working as a woman in a newspaper office and part of the men’s club. It gave them the courage to get out there. Dana Delany: Lois Lane was ahead of her time. It was really important to have that as a role model for girls my age. She was a career woman, and she didn’t take crap from anybody. Margot Kidder: I think you play Lois in accordance with your cultural time. Jeph Loeb: She was a smart, tough, sexy gal who worked in a man’s world. – Being Lois Lane
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.”