Phyllis Coates, TV's First Lois Lane, Passes Away at 96
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Phyllis Coates, the first actor to portray Lois Lane on the 1950s Adventures of Superman TV series, has passed away at the age of 96.
Coates was a prolific TV and film actor in the 1940s and 1950s, but it was her performance as Lois Lane, first in 1951's independent film, Superman and the Mole Man, which was also the debut of George Reeves as Superman....
and then in the Adventures of Superman TV series, that she is most known for in the world of popular culture. Coates played intrepid Daily Planet reporter, Lois Lane, in just the first season of the series. When it was picked up for a second season, Noel Neill, the actor who had originally played Lois Lane in a pair of 1940s film serials, returned to the role.
Coates later played Lois Lane's mother on the 1990s TV series, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, with Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane.