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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Actress Kidder Hospitalized After Found Living in Bushes

HOLLYWOOD -- Margot Kidder once flew higher than most Hollywood celebrities -- on the arm of Superman.


But in what may foreshadow a tragic end to a once-meteoric career, the film actress, who made $100,000 a week playing spunky Lois Lane, was hospitalized Wednesday after she was found cowering in the back yard of a home in nearby Glendale in dirty clothes with her hair hacked off. She had been living in the bushes for several days, had 40 cents in her pocket and appeared frightened and paranoid, police said.


Kidder, 47, whose life has been variously marred by heavy drinking, debt, injury and professional obscurity since her "Superman" days in the late '70s and early '80s, had been reported missing since Sunday. She had failed to show up in Phoenix for an assignment to teach acting at Eastern Arizona College.


Police who found her Tuesday described her as disoriented, wearing dirty clothes she had acquired in a trade with a transient and missing her front dental plate.


"She was in very poor condition," said Glendale police Sergeant Rick Young.


"She was wearing disheveled clothing, castoff clothing, and apparently had cut her own hair off with a razor blade in an attempt to alter her appearance," Young said. Kidder told police she had been "living in the bushes ... for a couple of days," he added.


The actress told police she had been assaulted and was being followed, but there was no evidence to substantiate that, authorities said.


Kidder was placed in a psychiatric ward for observation, Glendale police said. A police spokesman directed additional questions about her to the Los Angeles County-run Olive View Medical Center. Administrators there refused to confirm that Kidder was a patient.


John Blake, Kidder's manager, confirmed that the actress was under a doctor's care in a local hospital, but refused to name the facility.


When he last spoke with the actress Friday, there was no indication that anything was wrong, he said.


"Margot didn't appear to be wrestling with anything," Blake said. "She had been working steadily, her spirits were high ... I don't know what's going on."


When Kidder did not show up to teach the acting class, Blake said, he filed a missing persons report.