A Sad Goodbye to Noel Neill, TV’s First Lois Lane
Noel Neill was the first professional woman I remember seeing on TV who wore a suit to work everyday and loved her job. Neill, who July 3 at the age of 94, played Lois Lane in the Adventures of Superman which I remember airing in endless repeats when I was young.
Her Lois was smart, aggressive and a much better reporter than Clark Kent. Oh and the whole “Lois is so stupid she can’t tell Superman and Clark Kent is the same person?”
Neill portrayed Lois for five years on the popular program (She was proceeded by Phyllis Coates who I didn’t like nearly as much). After the show was cancelled in 1960 she spent the next decade and half in and out of acting but always remained tightly coupled with the character by fans.
When the 1979 Superman movie came out she had a cameo as the mother of a young Lois Lane (opposite Kirk Alyn who played Superman on movie serials)
She would appear in a variety of cameos in Superman related properties over the next decades including the dying wife of Kevin Spacey’s Lex Luthor in Superman Returns.
There have been many actresses who have portrayed Lois Lane through the years and I have my favorites.
But Noel Neill was my first and she will always have a special place in my heart.
I can’t help but think that seeing her on TV, playing that smart journalist somehow played into my later getting a degree in journalism.
Oh who am I kidding? Of course, it did.
Rest in peace Noel. And thank you.
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July 5, 2016 at 04:41AM