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Sue Lyon, Who Shocked Moviegoers As Young ‘Lolita,’ Has Died At 73

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Sue Lyon, who at age 14 performed the title character within the 1962 movie adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s steamy and scandalous novel “Lolita,” has died at age 73.

Longtime buddy Phil Syracopoulos advised The New York Times she died Thursday in Los Angeles. He gave no reason behind loss of life.

Director Stanley Kubrick reportedly chosen the younger and inexperienced Lyon to play “Lolita” — a 12-year-old in Nabokov’s e-book who enters right into a relationship with a middle-aged literature professor — from amongst 800 aspirants.

The director described Lyon because the “perfect nymphet.”

The older man obsessive about the lady he calls “Lolita” was performed by English actor James Mason, who was 53 when the movie was shot.

Lyon’s function received her a 1963 Golden Globe as most promising feminine newcomer.

But Kubrick mentioned his battles with movement image censors — who insisted he tone down the film’s sexual underpinnings and big age distinction — have been so fierce that he wouldn’t have made the movie had he identified.

Lyon was 15 when the film premiered — too younger to be allowed into the theater to observe it. She was famously photographed sipping a drink at a close-by soda fountain in the course of the premiere.

One of essentially the most iconic movie posters ever exhibits Lyon, wanting up seductively over heart-shaped sun shades and licking a pink lollipop, underneath the legend: “How did they ever make a movie of LOLITA?”

Lyon went on to compile a number of different display screen and tv credit, together with a job in John Huston’s “The Night of the Iguana” wherein she performed a younger girl caught in a small Mexican city who tries to seduce a disgraced Episcopal priest performed by Richard Burton.

But she by no means once more achieved the celebrity or notoriety that “Lolita” introduced her.

Lyon’s final performing function was in 1980 horror movie “Alligator,” wherein she performed a reporter.

She was married 5 instances; she blamed her temporary marriage to convicted assassin Gary “Cotton” Adamson for severely damaging her profession.

Lyon is survived by a daughter, Nona.


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