lördag 28 december 2019

Lolita has left the building!

Actress Sue Lyon, 73 passed away in Los Angeles on Dec. 26. To most, she was probably best known for her first major role, at only 14, as Lolita in Stanley Kubrick's adaption of Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel. She won the role as one of 800 young actresses auditioning for it. Her portrayal of the teen nymphet earned her the Golden Globe in the most promising newcomer-female in 1963.

Sue Lyon was born in Davenport, Iowa, but moved to Los Angeles with her family after her father died when she was only 10 months. In Los Angeles she got some work as a childmodel and at 7 she got small parts in TV-series Dennis the Menace and Letter to Loretta.

At 12, she and her childhood friend Michelle Phillips (of The Mamas and the Papas) at one time managed to check out a copy of the novel "Lolita" at the library, knowing it had been banned. Sue later claimed she hadn't finished the book because it was too complex for her

Two years later she landed the part of Lolita, and followed it up with Night of the Iguana (1964) and 7 Women (1966).

Sue Lyon was diagnosed as a manic-depressive and was prescribed lithium. She later said she had struggled on and off with this condition since she was 16.

During the 70's she did some Sci-fi and horror films, which is what I know her best from, and her last film was the horror film Alligator from 1980.

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