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In Memoriam:
Joanne Siegel

February 18, 2010

Joanne Siegel, who as a teenager served as Superman co-creator Joe Shuster’s model for Lois Lane and later married his partner and co-creator Jerry Siegel, has passed away at age 93 in Santa Monica, CA.

“She said she placed an advertisement in the classified section of The Plain Dealer offering to model. Shuster contacted her and she modeled for him, never realizing that she would become the basis for Superman's love interest,” The Plain Dealer’s Michael Sangiacomo reported.

Lois Lane was said to be inspired by Torchy Blane, a female reporter portrayed by Glenda Farrell in a number of B movies, but Jerry Siegel always credited Lane’s personality to his wife.

In addition to comic books and the newspaper strip, Lois Lane became a centerpiece of the radio series, movie serials, feature films and television. In addition to Noel Neill, actresses such as Phyllis Coates, Margot Kidder, Teri Hatcher and Erica Durance have played the part.

Mrs. Siegel is survived by her daughter, Laura Siegel Larson.

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