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Sue Lyon dead: Lolita actress who starred in Stanley Kubrick’s controversial film aged just 14 dies at 73


LOLITA actress Sue Lyon died in Los Angeles on Thursday at the age of 73 it was revealed last night.

Her friend Phil Syracopoulos said the actress had been “in declining health” for a while, reported The New York Times on Friday.

 Lyon was best known for her title role in 'Lolita'

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Lyon was best known for her title role in ‘Lolita’Credit: Rex Features
 Sue "Lolita" Lyon pictured in Los Angeles back in 1982

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Sue “Lolita” Lyon pictured in Los Angeles back in 1982Credit: Corbis – Getty

Lyon was famed for playing the title role in Stanley Kubrick’s controversial film, Lolita, back in 1962 at the age of just 14.

Her performance in the screen adaption of Vladimir Nabokov’s contenious novel about a middle-aged literature professor who is obsessed with a 12-year-old girl was her best known film credit to date.

FILM CREDITS

Although she garnered more than two dozen film and television credits from 1959 to 1980, Lyon will always be known for that role.

She beat 800 other girls to play the part of Dolores in the move with Nabokov reportedly describing her as “the perfect nymphet.”

Lyon was a model with two acting credits to her name when she beat out hundreds of other actresses for the coveted role.

It was the photographer Bert Stern who took the promotional picture of Lyon in heart-shaped sunglasses sucking on a red lollipop in New York.

 Sue Lyon as Dolores 'Lolita' Haze and James Mason (1909 - 1984) as Humbert Humbert, in a scene from 'Lolita', directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1962.

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Sue Lyon as Dolores ‘Lolita’ Haze and James Mason (1909 – 1984) as Humbert Humbert, in a scene from ‘Lolita’, directed by Stanley Kubrick, 1962.
 Lyon starred in a number of movie and TV shows

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Lyon starred in a number of movie and TV showsCredit: Getty – Contributor

Ms. Lyon starred in small television roles, notably “The Loretta Young Show,” which is where she grabbed Kubrick’s attention.

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She also acted in The Night of the Iguana (1964), Tony Rome (1967), Evel Knievel (1971), amongst other movies and TV shows.

The 1980 horror movie “Alligator” was her most recent movie credit before her death this year.

PERSONAL LIFE

Lyon was the youngest of five children and born on July 10, 1946, in Davenport, Iowa,

After her father died just before her first birthday, her mom Sue Karr Lyon moved the family to Dallas before moving to LA three years later.

She married Hampton Fancher, Roland Harrison, Cotton Adamson and Edward Weathers.

Her 1985 marriage to Richard Rudman culminated in a divorce in 2002.

Her survivors include a daughter, Nona, from her brief marriage to Harrison.

But it was Lyon’s ill-fated marriage to Adamson in 1973 that made headlines.

 

Her third husband was incarcerated for second-degree murder and robbery when they tied the knot at Colorado State Penitentiary.

She announced their divorce a year later and said the reltionship had a detrimental effect on her star status.

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Lyon said said: “I’ve been told by people in the movie business, specifically producers and film distributors, that I won’t get a job because I’m married to Cotton.”

 Nabokov reportedly describing her as "the perfect nymphet"

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Nabokov reportedly describing her as “the perfect nymphet”Credit: Getty – Contributor
 Lyon - renowned for playing Dolores at 14 - was best known for her role in Kubrick's controversial film

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Lyon – renowned for playing Dolores at 14 – was best known for her role in Kubrick’s controversial filmCredit: Corbis – Getty

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