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Laura Lang (née Potter) (1959-1989) was Lana Lang's mother. She was the sister of Eleanore "Nell" Potter.

Early life

Lewis and Laura before they died.

At some point, Laura met her future husband Lewis in a theater in Smallville.[1]

She was once involved with Henry Small and while separated from her husband Lewis, conceived a child with him, Lana. However, their affair ended when she and Lewis reconciled. When the 1989 meteor shower hit, she and Lewis were coming back from the homecoming game. They were struck by a meteor and killed right in front of Nell's and three-year-old Lana's eyes.

Season One

Lana found her mother's diary and learned that much like Lana herself, Laura Lang had hated cheerleading and dreamed of leaving Smallville. Nell Potter told Lana that Laura gave the 1977 graduation speech. The first line said: "I never made a difference here, but maybe my children can." Due to the controversial nature of the graduate speech, the editors of the Smallville Torch decided not to print the speech that year. Chloe Sullivan was able to locate an audiotape copy of the graduation speech, and Lana was able to hear her mother's speech (which can be read at

Season Four

Lana has seen visions of her parents on two separate occasions. When she hallucinated her worst nightmare, in Scare, she had a vision of all of her loved ones dying and leaving her alone, including her parents.

Season Five

Lana has seen visions of her parents when she became addicted to the Limbo drug which caused a near-death experience in which she was able to see her deceased parents again. She became temporarily addicted to the serum due to the happiness she felt while in their presence.

In the Comics

In the comics, Lana Lang's mother was originally named Sarah Lang and first appeared in Superboy #10 (1950). After Crisis on Infinite Earths and the John Byrne reboot, Sarah was renamed Carol Lang. Together with her husband, Carol was killed by Manhunters, when their daughter was a week old.


Lana Lang in Smallville
Family Family: Langs (Laura and Lewis) • Nell Potter • Relatives: Ezra SmallHenry SmallLouise McCallum
'Ships Chloe SullivanLois LaneTess MercerWhitney FordmanAdam KnightJason TeagueClark KentLex LuthorBizarro
Work Talon (apartment) • Isis Foundation
Isobel IsobelMark of TransferenceSpell book
Other Lana's necklaceWhitney's letterModel 503Project PrometheusNear-death experiencesEpisodes