Although Sue Lyon had no dramatic training, Stanley Kubrick chose the blonde-haired, blue-eyed youngster to play the title role in his controversial film Lolita, based on the salacious novel, which had been banned in some countries.

Lyon’s debut as the lollipop-sucking teenager, who wore frilly skirts and heart-shaped sunglasses, whipped up a hailstorm of alternate praise and criticism. It sealed her fate as a teenage sexpot.

In 1962, she won a Golden Globe Award as Most Promising Female Newcomer.

Lyon was screen-tested for the role of Charlotte Goodall, the precocious schoolgirl in The Night of the Iguana – and won the part.  Her life, like the other actors in the film, would never be the same again.

Sue Lyon as Lolita

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