Sue Lyon, who starred in Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 1962 film Lolita, has passed away at the age of 73.
Lyon, who was cast to star in Kubrick’s comedy-drama at the age of 14, is said to have suffered from ill-health for quite some time. She passed away in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Born in Davenport, Iowa, Lyon originally joined the entertainment industry as a model aged 13. Earning her big break just 12 months later when she won a Golden Globe for playing the title role in the film Lolita, the young actress became an overnight sensation. Furthermore, Lyon demonstrated a versability to her talents by recording two songs for the film which were later released on an MGM 45-rpm record to popular demand.
After becoming propelled into public life with new found fame, Lyon would later go on to make notable film appearances in projects such as the Tennessee Williams-directed The Night of the Iguana, John Ford’s 7 Women and George Hamilton’s iconic Evel Knievel.
The late 1970s would see Lyon’s career slow down and, in 1980, she appeared in her final picture, Lewis Teague’s monster film Alligator which was a moderate success.
Married several times throughout her life—most notably her controversial wed to convicted murder Cotton Adamson—Lyon is survived by her daughter Nona who was born during her marriage to Roland Harrison.