Changed name from Margaret to Margot
First screen appearance, played a troubled teen in the Canadian Broadcasting Company TV-movie, "Moose Fever"
While attending the University of British Columbia, wrote to director Norman Jewison in Los Angeles; accepting Jewison's invitation to contact him if ever in town, flew to Los Angeles; persuded Jewison to let her audition
Moved to Los Angeles at age 18
Film debut in Jewison's "Gaily, Gaily"
Began seeing psychiatrists about her mood swings (date approximate)
First feature lead, "Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx", an Irish-shot comedy starring Gene Wilder
TV series debut on "Nichols", an NBC Western set in the early 20th century; played Ruth, the barmaid girlfriend of series star James Garner
TV-movie acting debut, "Suddenly Single", an ABC drama about the swinging singles scene
Moved to Billings, MT to be with writer Tom McGuane (date approximate)
Appeared in "92 in the Shade", a feature written and directed by husband Tom McGuane
Filmmaking debut, wrote and directed the short film "And Again"
Abandoning husband and daughter, moved to London where she auditioned for the part of Lois Lane in the first "Superman" feature
Breakthrough feature lead, played Lois Lane in "Superman" (reprised the role in three sequels in 1980, 1983 and 1987)
Portrayed Eliza Doolittle (opposite Peter O'Toole's Henry Higgins) in a Showtime adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion"
TV miniseries acting debut, "Louisiana" (Cinemax), a Franco-Canadian co-production helmed by future husband Philippe de Broca
Provided a voice for the children's animated feature "Gobots: Battle of the Rock Lords"
Starred on the CBS comedy-drama series "Shell Game", as a con artist turned investigative journalist (series was a short-lived mid-season replacement)
First diagnosed with manic-depression; rejected the diagnosis and the prescribed course of treatment
Provided narration for "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", an HBO children's animated series based on four of the six Oz books by L. Frank Baum
Injured in a car accident on the set of "Nancy Drew and Daughter", a Canadian cable TV production; incurred three damaged discs in her neck
Refusing surgery, was often confined to a wheelchair over the next two years due to muscle spasms
Regained mobility after submitting to surgery
Ruined financially when insurance company refused to pay her bills
Declared bankruptcy; sold her home and jewelry
Did a guest shot on an episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt" entitled "Curiosity Killed"
Provided a voice for "Phantom 2040", a syndicated cartoon sci-fi series extrapolated from Lee Falk's comic strip
Appeared in the CD-ROM game "Under a Killing Moon" as Bartender
Relocated to Prague after filming there
Moved to Livingstone, Montana
Completed work in "Never Met Picasso", a gay-themed, low-budget independent feature that received festival screenings in 1996
Appeared in first major theatrical role, touring in "Stieglitz Loves O'Keefe", as artist Georgia O'Keefe
Became severely disturbed upon discovering that she had lost three years of work on her memoirs "Calamities" due to a computer problem
After behaving erratically in public and subsequently disappearing for three days, found behind a woodpile in the backyard of a suburban Glendale, CA, home, ragged, dirty and babbling incoherently about a plot against her
Confined to a county psychiatric hospital for observation; diagnosed with manic-depression and prescribed lithium
Did a guest shot on the NBC sitcom "Boston Common" as an acting teacher; character returned in recurring status