The original live-action Lois Lane, Noel Neill, was fondly remembered by Smallville cast members in the wake of her passing on Sunday at age 95.
Neill was the first to play the iconic newspaper reporter in the black-and-white 1948 Superman film serial (opposite Kirk Alyn). She then made her TV debut as Lois starting with Season 2 of Adventures of Superman, replacing Phyllis Coates in the role. Neill also put in cameos in the 1978 Superman film (which marked Christopher Reeve’s debut as the Man of Steel) as well as 2006’s Superman Returns (starring Brandon Routh).
Smallville‘s own Lois, Erica Durance, shared via Twitter several of the official EricaDurance.TV website’s photos of when she had the pleasure of meeting Neill. “She was a gracious, funny, spunky and strong woman,” Durance tells TVLine. “I was lucky to have met her.”
Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor on Smallville, shared his own photo memory, hailing Neill as “an amazing lady.” Allison Mack retweeted Rosenbaum’s sentiment, also “sending love to all those who will miss” Neill.