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Sue Lyon, Star of ‘Lolita,’ Is Dead at 73

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Posted By: MissMolly, 12/28/2019 11:26:47 AM

Sue Lyon, who at 14 was cast in the title role of Stanley Kubrick’s “Lolita,” a film version of Vladimir Nabokov’s eyebrow-raising novel about a middle-aged man who becomes obsessed with a 12-year-old girl, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 73. Phil Syracopoulos, a longtime friend, announced her death. He said she had been in declining health for some time. Ms. Lyon accumulated more than two dozen film and television credits from 1959 to 1980, but she was known primarily for one: Mr. Kubrick’s 1962 film of the Nabokov novel, which was adapted for the screen by Mr. Nabokov himself.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Safari Man 12/28/2019 11:44:29 AM (No. 273111)
The embedded interview was quite impressive for a 16 year old. Must be difficult putting up with the inane questions and still responding artfully.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Highlander 12/28/2019 12:03:30 PM (No. 273132)
Unfortunately for the late James Mason, I always remember him first as the old lech in “Lolita.” Sue Lyon’s (RIP) career was mediocre after playing that part which I’m sure type-casted her unforgivably.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: snakeoil 12/28/2019 12:19:05 PM (No. 273145)
#2. I'll always remember James Mason as Captain Nemo in 20,000 Leagues Under the sea. Sue was certainly gorgeous. So are a lot of women. RIP.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Grounded 12/28/2019 12:24:29 PM (No. 273149)
As an actor, it must really suck career-wise when you first notable role is your only notable role. Her career was basically over by 1980 when Ms. Lyons was still in her early thirties. R.I.P.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: earlybird 12/28/2019 12:34:14 PM (No. 273155)
Far more interesting was the article on Mama Cax, the amputee model, who recently passed away at 30. A cancer victim she lost her leg as a teenager after a failed hip replacement. Recently, blood clots in her abdomen. A fascinating woman … Her blog: https://mamacax.com/about-4/
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Reply 6 - Posted by: earlybird 12/28/2019 12:35:40 PM (No. 273158)
NYT article on Mama Cax is here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/22/fashion/Mama-cax-dead.html?algo=bandit-story&fellback=false&imp_id=244761443&imp_id=502167199
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Rumblehog 12/28/2019 1:29:41 PM (No. 273184)
And it was Jeffrey Epstein's favorite movie too. s/o
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 12/28/2019 2:08:57 PM (No. 273209)
She was sensational in "Lolita." One of the best ever movie performances by a young actress. I don't remember anything special after that - - but that performance was more than enough. RIP, Sue.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Zarin 12/29/2019 12:48:56 AM (No. 273458)
Nabokov was an amazing author - he was Russian but lived in exile most of his life. He wrote in French, English & Russian. Lolita perhaps made him famous to the common public but his other novels are so much more interesting.
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