Margo Kidder was quietly honoured and remembered Wednesday in her native Northwest Territories.
“In her will, she asked me if I would bring some of her ashes back to Yellowknife,” John Kidder told the CBC’s Juanita Taylor.
“She felt so strong and so proud of being a northerner all her life.”
Many will not remember Kidder, those of a certain age most definitely will.
She won a lot of fame back in the 1970s playing Lois Lane in a blockbuster big screen version of Superman and many Canadians, feeling like she might be their kid sister, took a lot of pride in her.
Through it all, she remained a down-to-earth Canadian, for if Canadians despise anything, it’s pretension.
I worked with her once in a movie and she was a pleasure to hang out with–witty, funny, intelligent and generous of spirit.
As an adult, her personal life “wasn’t very happy,” John Kidder told Taylor, adding that it was fitting to return his sister’s ashes to a place that brought her joy as a child.
John Kidder, who was in Yellowknife, accompanying his wife, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, on the campaign trail, said he and his sister spent joyous hours by and in Frame Lake.
“It’s not sadness, it’s nostalgia. It’s a recollection of things; mostly it’s just a just an enormous expression of love,” he said.
“And so it just feels like a like a warm complex combination of emotion.”
“Honestly, she thought of this as her spirit home, without a shadow of a doubt.
“It just empowered my sister Margie through all the things she did — the spirit of the North was flying with Lois Lane by God all the way, all the way through the skies, she and Chris Reeve.”
(This story is based on a story written by the CBC’s Katherine Barton based on an interview by Juanita Taylor.)