There has been a lot of speculation about how my late husband Jerry Siegel created Superman's girlfriend Lois Lane. Many years ago, Jerry asked me to set the record straight regarding a false story that had been repeated for years. Finding a way to do this has not been easy. I have tried, but the false information continues to be printed. A few people have read Jerry's own words on the subject in a May 30, 1988 TIME Magazine Letter to the Editor he wrote to make corrections to an article they had printed. Many people probably missed his letter and believe the false story concerning Lois that appeared in the TIME article which was also printed in several books. With all the recent interest in Superman, the old, untrue story about who inspired Lois has resurfaced and it is time for people to learn the truth from Jerry, as he was the only person who knew what inspired him when he first wrote the character.
Jerry wanted people to know that Lois Lane was not based on or inspired by anyone who went to Glenville High School in Cleveland. In the following letter to TIME Magazine, he makes it clear that the inspirations for Lois Lane were movie actresses Glenda Farrell and Lola Lane: