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Margot Kidder is dying for our sins.

Amid speculation about what took her to the brink of insanity and landed the actress, formerly known as Lois Lane, behind a bush - disheveled, bridgework missing when nothing signifies vanity more acutely in Hollywood than perfect teeth - there was a hint that midlife may have had something to do with it.Midlife is when humans formerly known as women become invisible.

With apologies to Gloria Steinem and the feminist matriarchy that evangelizes against objectifying women, the woman of a certain age is dismayed to learn she has outlived her life span as a sex object.

Hollywood is a microcosm of U.S. society where cultural verities are exaggerated to painful proportions. Mature women are redundant.

A news account said Kidder, 47, felt she had matured into oblivion. Instead of aging like fine wine, her Hollywood value turned, like vinegar.