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Official home of Superman unveils state of Lois Lane

The town of Metropolis unveiled a statue of Lois Lane on Friday.

By Associated Press / June 13, 2010

Actress Noel Neill, who played Lois Lane in the 1950's television series "Superman", was the inspiration for a statue in Metropolis on Friday. In this file photo, Neill gets a closer look at the box which contains the new Papa John's Superman Pan Pizza.

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Metropolis, Ill.

The southern Illinois city that calls itself the "official home of Superman" has unveiled a statue of the superhero's lady love, Lois Lane.

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Metropolis leaders unveiled the statue on Friday.

The city already has a 15-foot bronze statue of Superman in Superman Square.

The Lois Lane statue is modeled on actress Noel Neill, who played playing the female reporter with a crush on Superman in movies and on television in the 1940s and 1950s.

Artist Gary Ernest Smith created the statue and says making the piece was a dream come true because he grew up watching Superman.

Neill says she was honored to memorialized with the statue.

Metropolis Mayor Billy McDaniel says the statue will be a source of pride for the city for years to come.