Sue Lyon, who was cast as a 14-year-old in the title role of Stanley Kubrick’s 1962 film, “Lolita,” died Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 73.
Longtime friend Phil Syracopoulos announced her death, The New York Times reported. He said she had been in declining health.
Lyon played the title role in the film adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a 12-year-old girl.
Lyon appeared in more than two dozen films and television shows in her career, from 1959 to 1980, but it was her role in “Lolita” that was her signature role, the Times reported.
Nabokov, who helped adapt his novel for the screen, called Lyon, “the perfect nymphet,” using the word he used in his novel, the newspaper reported.
Lyon won a Golden Globe in 1963 in the most promising newcomer-female category for “Lolita,” Variety reported.
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