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