This late Minneapolis native was the first to play Lois Lane on screen


Minneapolis native Noel Neill, the first person to ever play Lois Lane on screen, has died at the age of 95.

The Associated Press reports Neill died at her home in Tuscon, Arizona, following a long illness.

She is famous for appearing as Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane in the 1948 Columbia movie serial of "Superman," before reprising the role alongside George Reeves in the 1950s series "The Adventures of Superman," according to IMDB.

Her affiliation with the Man of Steel continued, playing Lois Lane's mother in the 1978 movie version of "Superman" starring Christopher Reeve, and had a cameo role in 2006's "Superman Returns" with Brandon Routh.

She actually grew up wanting to be a reporter, like her father David Neil, who was the editor of what was the Minneapolis Star and later become the Star Tribune, according to the New York Times.

But, the newspaper notes, her plans changed when she was on a summer trip with her mother in California, where she won a job singing at a racetrack and was noticed by Bing Crosby – one of the track's owners – who introduced her to his brother Larry, an agent.

She made her first film appearance in "Mad Youth" in 1940 and appeared in multiple movies in the '40s including Superman, and in the '50s had small parts in "American in Paris" and "The Greatest Show on Earth."

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