The first Lois Lane, Phyllis Coates, dies at 96

Written by Henrik Rothen

Oct.13 - 2023 12:10 PM CET

The first Lois Lane, Phyllis Coates, dies at 96.

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Phyllis Coates, perhaps not a household name for everyone, was the first actress to portray Superman's love interest, Lois Lane, in the original series about the superhero.

The series aired from 1952 to 1958, and Coates appeared in the first 26 episodes of the first season before being replaced by Noel Neill.

A pioneering career

Phyllis Coates had a career that spanned several decades, not just limited to her iconic role as Lois Lane. She worked in both television and film, demonstrating her versatility as an actress.

Although she was replaced by Noel Neill in the Superman series, her initial portrayal left an indelible mark on the character and set the standard for those who would follow in her footsteps.

Legacy and final days

Coates was later asked to return to the role of Lois Lane but had to decline as she had already signed a contract for another series.

The actress passed away at the age of 96 in a California hospital due to natural causes.

She leaves behind a legacy that will be remembered not just for her role as Lois Lane, but for her contributions to the entertainment industry as a whole. She is survived by her two daughters and a grandchild.

Watch Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane in the video below