Sue Lyon (1946 – 2019)

Sue Lyon: 1946 – 2019, film debut in the title role of Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation of Vladimir Nabakov’s novella Lolita (1962). Obituary after the jump.

Sue Lyon, who at 14 was cast in the title role of Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita,” a film version of Vladimir Nabokov’s eyebrow-raising novel about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a 12-year-old girl, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 73.

Ms. Lyon accumulated more than two dozen film and television credits from 1959 to 1980, but she was known primarily for one: Mr. Kubrick’s 1962 film of the Nabokov novel, which was adapted for the screen by Mr. Nabokov himself. Some 800 girls were said to have sought the part.

Ms. Lyon was born on July 10, 1946, in Davenport, Iowa, the youngest of five children. Her father died before her first birthday; soon after, her mother, Sue Karr Lyon, took the family to Dallas. Three years later they moved to Los Angeles.

Ms. Lyon landed a few small television roles, including one in 1959 on “The Loretta Young Show,” where Mr. Kubrick first noticed her.

After “Lolita,” she appeared in “The Night of the Iguana” (1964), “Tony Rome” (1967), “Evel Knievel” (1971) and other movies, as well as an assortment of TV shows. Her most recent credit was in “Alligator,” a 1980 horror movie.

The New York Times

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