Noel Neill 1920-2016

The original Lois Lane, Noel Neill has passed away at the age of 95. You may not know her name, but Noel Neill was the very first live-action portrayal of the iconic character onscreen. Neill played Lois Lane opposite Kirk Allen's Man of Steel in the 1948 film serial Superman, and its sequel, 1950's Atom Man vs. Superman. In the pre-television era, 15-20 minute film serials basically played as weekly episodes before the full length feature to movie audiences of the day. Then, when the George Reeves starring show Adventures of Superman began airing in 1951, Noel Neill reprised the role of Lois when the actress who played her, Phyllis Coates, left after the first season. She continued to play her through 1958, when the show was canceled, and went on to appear at festivals, conventions and in many Superman related productions ever since, including bit parts in 1978's Superman, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Superboy and 2006's Superman Returns. I'd say that's commitment to the character, wouldn't you?