VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- She may be Superman's girlfriend but she's far from indestructible, and actress Margot Kidder says she'll sue a Canadian television production company after being badly hurt during filming.
Kidder, the Canadian who played Lois Lane in the Superman movies, was quoted in news reports Friday as saying a mishap on the set of a new series called 'Nancy Drew and Daughter' has left her in a wheelchair.
The 13-part series is being produced in Vancouver by Nelvana Ltd. of Toronto and is to air next year on the USA Network and in Canada. That timetable could now be in jeopardy as the company attempts to re-cast Kidder's part.
A spokesman for Nelvana, a company known primarily for its animated TV shows, said the company terminated Kidder's contract Nov. 20 when she indicated her injuries would prevent her from returning within a reasonable period of time.
Kidder, 42, said she and guest star Polly Bergen were being filmed driving in a 1961 Rambler convertible in mid-October when the brakes malfunctioned and they were thrown forward.
Kidder says she was in pain but continued to work, and that weeks later she woke up in excruciating pain and found she couldn't walk. She says she is now confined to a wheelchair.
Bergen has been quoted as saying the pair did 'what actresses usually do in a situation like that. We pretended nothing had happened and went on and did our work.'
A Nelvana spokesman, who didn't want to be identified, said the company's insurers will undertake a full investigation of the situation.