The 39th Annual Superman Celebration will be held June 8-11, 2017 in the official “Home of Superman” – Metropolis, Illinois. Recognized as the hometown of the man of steel since 1972 this will be a huge event. Over the last 5 years the celebrity guests list for this event has gotten better and better.
Everyone’s favorite Lois Lane will be in attendance at this year’s festival and no doubt the headlining star. Erica Durance is a producer and lead actress on CTV’s hit medical drama Saving Hope, playing the role of Dr. Alex Reid, for which she garnered Canadian Screen Award nominations in 2013 and 2017. Many fans know her as Lois Lane from Smallville, which she starred as for seven years on the show.
Her many notable guest appearances include Wonder Woman on Harry’s Law with Kathy Bates, and Samantha Masters in the Charlie’s Angels remake. Durance’s more recent film credits include her tour de force performance as twin sisters in the Italian film Gemelle. In 2011, Durance was nominated for a Saturn Award and Teen Choice Award for Best Actress for her work in Smallville.
In 2012, HELLO! Canada magazine listed her as one of Canada’s 50 Most Beautiful People, and Buddy TV ranked her #9 on its TV’s 100 Sexist Women. Durance is a supporter of World Vision Canada and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her husband and their three sons.
Born Margaret Ruth Kidder to Jill Kidder and Kendall Kidder, a mining engineer, in Yellowknife, Canada, on October 17, 1948, Margot was a delightful child who took pride in everything she did. After graduation Margot moved to Los Angeles to start a film career. She found herself dealing with a lot of prejudice, and hotheads, but later found solace with a Canadian agent. This was when she got her first acting job, in the Norman Jewison film Gaily, Gaily (1969). This led to another starring role in Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx (1970), in which she co-starred with Gene Wilder. After some harsh words from the film’s director, Margot temporarily left films to study acting in New York. When she arrived in Hollywood she met up at a screen test with actress Jennifer Salt, resulting in a friendship that still stands strong today. Margot and Jennifer moved into a lofty beach house and befriended other, then unknown, struggling filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Steven Spielberg and Susan Sarandon, among others. De Palma gave her the script to his upcoming film Sisters (1973).
Margot and Salt both had the leads in the film, and it was a huge critical success.
The film made branded Margot as a major talent, and in the following years she starred in a string of critically acclaimed pictures, such as Black Christmas (1974), The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), 92 in the Shade (1975) – directed by Thomas McGuane, who was also her husband for a brief period – and a somewhat prophetic tale of self-resurrection, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975).
Her new agent hooked her up with a little-known director named Richard Donner. He was going to be directing a film called Superman (1978), and she auditioned for and secured the leading female role of Lois Lane. That film and Superman II (1980) were to be filmed simultaneously. After the success of Superman she took on more intense roles, such as The Amityville Horror (1979) and Willie & Phil (1980). After that, Margot did numerous films, television and theater work throughout the 1980s, including Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987). When the 1990s erupted with the Gulf War, Margot found herself becoming involved in politics. She made a stir in the biz when she spoke out against the military for their actions in Kuwait. She also appeared in a cameo in Donner’s Maverick (1994).
Margot has had continued success in film and on TV and even had a guest-star role on a newer version of Superman which fans al know and love called SMALLVILLE! PLUS see her in Rob Zombie’s Halloween II!
Margot is currently writing a book and tours the world meeting fans at conventions and also is a highly sought after speaker for the Mental Health field appearing a numerous seminars to educate people on mental health issues.
Sarah Douglas is a name most people associate with a slew of fantastic villains on the small and silver screens. Having become a recognized face to UK audiences through theatre, film, and television, international recognition came swiftly, with her breakout role as “Ursa” in the mega-hit movies, Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980). With worldwide attention focusing on her, the actress began to carve out an extraordinary career in Hollywood, whilst remaining true to her very English upbringing, from her hometown of Stratford Upon Avon.
Working constantly during the next few decades, Sarah found herself attached to major vehicles such as Conan The Destroyer (1984) alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, Solarbabies (1986), television super-soap Falcon Crest , the sci-fi classic mini-series V: The Final Battle (1984) and fan favorites Stargate SG1 and Babylon 5, to name but a few. As a much sought-after voice talent, Sarah has lent her skills to a number of projects including the animated series Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Heavy Gear, and more recently for the popular Green Lantern: The Animated Series as well as Doctor Who Audio Stories from Big Finish Studios, and providing voices for the hugely popular Doctor Who Interactive Games for the BBC.
With upcoming roles in Kenneth Mader’s independent film, Displacement and continued vocal work on productions of Dorian Gray and The Disney Company, Sarah Douglas finds herself frequently working on both sides of the Atlantic while enjoying connecting with her fans around the world.
More events during the weekend:
Artist Alley (http://www.supermancelebration.net/artists/)
Local Lodging (http://metropolistourism.com/plan-your-visit/lodging/)