May 23, 2009

‘Superman’ radio actress Stanton dies

Actress Joan A. Stanton, who earned fame voicing character Lois Lane on the radio series The Adventures of Superman, has died in New York, her family says.

In addition to her Superman role, Stanton was known for playing secretary Della Street on the TV series Perry Mason.

Stanton's daughter, Jane Stanton Hitchcock, confirmed the former stage and radio actress died Thursday of an intestinal blockage at the age of 94, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Superman premiered on the radio in 1940 in the wake of the superhero's first appearance in comic books two years earlier.

Stanton, then known as Jane Alexander, joined the series for its seventh episode and went on to provide the voice of Superman's love interest, Lois Lane, for hundreds of Superman episodes.

The show, which featured actor Bud Collyer as the title character, appeared in various formats on the radio until 1951, the Times said.

The Times said in addition to her daughter, Stanton is survived by her son, Tim, and her grandson, Liam.