Noel Neill, the first actress to play Lois Lane onscreen, died over the weekend in Arizona after battling a long illness.
Neill first appearance as the intrepid reporter character was in the 1948 movie serial “Superman” and its subsequent sequel before going on to star in the 1950s television series “Adventures of Superman” alongside George Reeves as the Man of Steel.
Neill, who had appeared in more than forty films, effectively retired after the “Adventures of Superman” TV series ended in 1958. She did take time to appear on subsequent film and TV adaptations of the property though including Richard Donner’s 1978 film, Bryan Singer’s 2006 effort “Superman Returns,” and the 1990s “Superboy” TV series.
Her manager and biographer Larry Ward shared a statement saying that she “maintained that bright, perky and engaging personality up until her death.”