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Joanne Siegel, Model for Superman's Lois Lane, Dies at 93

In Celebs by , on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 10:15 AM (PST)
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The Man of Steel's main squeeze.

Lois Lane has passed away. Joanne Siegel, the widow of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and inspiration for the superhero's love interest, has died. She was 93.

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Joanne Siegel (nee Carter) met her future husband in 1938, when she replied to an ad looking for models. Jerry Siegel's sketches of Joanne would go on to serve as the inspirations for Lois Lane. Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster eventually came up with the iconic Man of Steel and sold the character to DC Comics.

However, Joanne's contribution to Superman's legacy went even further. She was instrumental in convincing DC Comics to give the Siegel and Schuster families a lifelong stipend after the release of Superman in 1978.

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A federal judge ruled in 2008 that both families do in fact own a large portion of the character, though litigation against Warner Bros. is still ongoing.

Writing on Twitter, writer and Jerry Siegel expert Brad Meltzer said: "Just heard Joanne Siegel passed away. Lois Lane herself. One of the most beautiful people I ever met."

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