Noel Neill, best known for playing Lois Lane in the 1950s “Superman” TV series, has died. She passed away in her Tucson, Arizona home on July 3rd at age 95.

Noel Neill portrayed Lois Lane

Ms. Neill was a talented singer and dancer before taking on the role of Lois Lane in the movie serial “Superman” from Columbia Pictures. The film, starring Kirk Alyn as the Man of Steel, was based on the comic book. Later, Noel came back as Lane in the TV series “Adventures of Superman” with George Reeves. She played the Daily Planet reporter from 1953 to 1958. When Reeves died under mysterious circumstances in 1959, the show was cancelled and Ms.

Neill largely ended her acting career. The series went on in reruns and became a favorite for generations of children.

Chance encounter changed her life

Growing up, Noel talked about getting into the same business as her father, journalism. However, after landing a singing gig at a Los Angeles, California racetrack co-owned by Bing Crosby, her ambitions changed. With his influence, Crosby helped Ms. Neill ink a contract with Paramount Pictures. During her career, the actress appeared in nearly 40 Movies, including “The Blue Dahlia” and “The Big Clock.” The actress also made minor appearances in “An American in Paris” and “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

Lois Lane legacy

After the “Superman” series, Noel worked in various jobs, even handling fan mail for Tom Selleck for a short time.

However, her association with the Daily Planet reporter continued to follow her. She came back as Lois Lane’s mother in the 1978 film “Superman” starring Christopher Reeve and had a small part in the 2006 movie “Superman Returns.” The city of Metropolis, Illinois erected a statue of Lois Lane modeled after Ms.

Neill in 2010.

Personal life

Noel Neill was born on November 25, 1920 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ms. Neill was married three times. Her first marriage to Hal Lierley was annulled. Her second and third marriages, one to William Behrens and another to Joel Taylor, ended in divorce. She has no immediate survivors.

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