Superman’s Lois Lane actress Margot Kidder died on Sunday, her agent confirmed.
Speaking about the star, Cara Wilder, actor and co-founder of Bozeman Actors Theatre told People.com how she had spent her later years living generously and offering up her large house to others.
“She always took in people in her house in Livingston because she had a big house and plenty of room,” Cara said.
“But she got into trouble because people took advantage of her.
“She didn’t live her life terribly carefully I don’t think,” Margot’s pal continued.
“She needed to make money in these last few years so she would go to [fan] conventions where they paid her a lot of cash to sign things.”
Margot, who had been open about her battle with bipolar disorder, suffered a highly-publicised breakdown in 1996, during which she was briefly made homeless.
The Superman star went missing for four days after what she once referred to as her “big flip-out” and was subsequently placed in psychiatric care.
She later advocated the use of alternative medicine, saying she had been cured by orthomolecular medicine, and went on to become vocal about mental health issues and speak publicly about her own experiences.
Margot is survived by her daughter Maggie McGuane, 41, with whom Cara said she had a “rocky relationship”.
“It’s a shame how people remember her, as either Lois Lane or the crazy actress, she was so much more than that,” she said.
“She was such a caring person. I know she had difficulty with some members of her family but I didn’t know her that way at all.”
Also speaking out about Margot’s final years, Frank D’Angelo, who directed her last ever movie, told the publication she had “had enough of Hollywood”.
“[She] didn’t give a s**t about getting old,” he said.
“I think she had enough of Hollywood because in Hollywood, her motto was, when you turn 30 and if you don’t do stuff with producers — and I’m being cordial here – you’re not going to be in any movies.”
He said Margot had always been open about her period of homelessness and didn’t see it negatively but instead viewed it as an “experience”.
The actress’ cause of death has not yet been reported, but her representative told Express.co.uk she “died peacefully in her sleep”.
Margot shot to fame in the Superman films, starring opposite Christopher Reeve, and went on to play Kathy Lutz in The Amityville Horror.
In recent years, she took on a host of smaller roles and also appeared in The Vagina Monologues on Broadway.
She was an outspoken political activist and long-time supporter of the Democrats.