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Noel Neill

Highest Rated:   100% The Big Clock (1948)
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Diminutive, baby-faced actress Noel Neill entered films as a Paramount starlet in 1942. Though she was showcased in one of the musical numbers in The Fleet's In (1944) and was starred in the Oscar-nominated Technicolor short College Queen (1945), most of her Paramount assignments were thankless bit parts. She fared better as one of the leads in Monogram's Teen Agers series of the mid- to late '40s. In 1948 she was cast as intrepid girl reporter Lois Lane in the Columbia serial The Adventures of Superman, repeating the role in the 1950 chapter play Atom Man vs. Superman. At the time, she regarded it as just another freelance job, perhaps a little better than her cameos in such features as An American in Paris (in 1951 as the American art student) and DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth (1953). But someone was impressed by Neill's appealingly vulnerable interpretation of Lois Lane, and in 1953 she was hired to replace Phyllis Coates as Lois in the TV version of Superman. She remained with the series for 78 episodes, gaining an enormous fan following (consisting primarily of ten-year-old boys) if not a commensurately enormous bank account. Retiring to private life after the cancellation of Superman in 1958, she was brought back into the limelight during the nostalgia craze of the 1970s. She made countless lecture appearances on the college and film convention circuit, and in 1978 returned to films as Lois Lane's mother in the big-budget Superman: The Movie: alas, most of her part ended up on the cutting-room floor, and neither she nor fellow Adventures of Superman alumnus Kirk Alyn received billing. Noel Neill's last TV appearance to date was a guest spot in a 1991 episode of the syndicated The Adventures of Superboy; she made a cameo appearance in 2006's Superman Returns. Neill died in 2016, at age 95.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Near Myth: The Oskar Knight Story
  • Herself
2017
76% Superman Returns
  • Gertrude Vanderworth
$200.2M 2006
No Score Yet In a Single Bound
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Surge of Power
  • Herself
2004
No Score Yet Siege at Red River
  • Actor
1954
No Score Yet Invasion U.S.A.
  • Second Airline Ticket Agent
1952
44% The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Noel
1952
No Score Yet Adventures of Superman
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet Submarine Command (The Submarine Story)
  • Mrs. Sue Carlson
1951
95% An American in Paris
  • American Girl
1951
No Score Yet Atom Man vs. Superman
  • Lois Lane
1950
No Score Yet James Brothers of Missouri
  • Peg Royer
1950
No Score Yet When My Baby Smiles at Me
  • Specialty Dancer
1948
No Score Yet Superman
  • Lois Lane
1948
100% The Big Clock
  • Elevator Operator
1948
No Score Yet The Adventures of Frank and Jesse James
  • Judy Powell
1948
No Score Yet Smash Up: The Story of a Woman
  • Girl at party
1947
100% The Blue Dahlia
  • Hat Check Girl
1946
No Score Yet Stork Club
  • Jacqueline Billingsley
1945
No Score Yet Here Come the Waves
  • Dorothy
1944
No Score Yet Let's Face It
  • Girl
1943
60% Lady of Burlesque
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Miss Annie Rooney
  • Marty's Friend
1942

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Adventures of Superman
  • Actor

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