Lolita actress Sue Lyon passes away at age 73

Lolita actress Sue Lyon passes away at age 73… after being cast in Stanley Kubrick’s controversial film at age 14

Sue Lyon passed away in Los Angeles on Thursday, at the age of 73.

The actress ‘had been in declining health for some time’ reported the New York Times on Friday.

Lyon was best known for playing the title role in Stanley Kubrick’s controversial 1962 film, Lolita, in which she was cast at just 14 years old. 

Sue Lyon passed away in Los Angeles on Thursday, at the age of 73. She's seen here circa 1982

Sue Lyon passed away in Los Angeles on Thursday, at the age of 73. She’s seen here circa 1982

Lyon won the role over the 800 other girls who auditioned for the 2001: A Space Odyssey director.

The book’s author Vladimir Nabokov famously described the teenage actress as ‘the perfect nymphet’. 

Lolita was about a middle-aged man who develops an infatuation with a 12-year-old girl, played by Lyon.  

She co-starred in the film with James Mason.

Iconic: Lyon was best known for playing the title role in Stanley Kubrick's controversial 1962 film, Lolita [pictured], in which she was cast at just 14 years old

Iconic: Lyon was best known for playing the title role in Stanley Kubrick’s controversial 1962 film, Lolita [pictured], in which she was cast at just 14 years old

Lyon starred in more than two dozen films and television shows during her career, which spanned from 1959 to 1980.

She won the 1963 Golden Globe in the most promising newcomer-female category for her turn in Lolita.

Lyon was married five times: to Cotton Adamson, Hampton Fancher, Roland Harrison, Edward Weathers and Richard Rudman, whom she divorced in 2002.

She is survived by her daughter Nona, from her marriage to Harrison.

RIP: Lyon starred in more than two dozen films and television shows during her career, which spanned from 1959 to 1980. Seen here in 1964

RIP: Lyon starred in more than two dozen films and television shows during her career, which spanned from 1959 to 1980. Seen here in 1964

 

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