Sue Lyon

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Sue Lyon
Sue Lyon Tony Rome 1967
Sue Lyon in Tony Rome, 1967
BornSuellyn Lyon
(1946-07-10) July 10, 1946 (age 67)
Davenport, Iowa
OccupationActress
Years active1959–1986
Spouse(s)
  • Hampton Fancher (1963–65) (divorced)
  • Roland Harrison (1971–72) (divorced) one child
  • Cotton Adamson (1973–74) (divorced) one child
  • Edward Weathers (1983–84) (divorced) two children
  • Richard Rudman (1985–2002) (divorced) one child
 
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Sue Lyon
Sue Lyon Tony Rome 1967
Sue Lyon in Tony Rome, 1967
BornSuellyn Lyon
(1946-07-10) July 10, 1946 (age 67)
Davenport, Iowa
OccupationActress
Years active1959–1986
Spouse(s)
  • Hampton Fancher (1963–65) (divorced)
  • Roland Harrison (1971–72) (divorced) one child
  • Cotton Adamson (1973–74) (divorced) one child
  • Edward Weathers (1983–84) (divorced) two children
  • Richard Rudman (1985–2002) (divorced) one child

Sue Lyon (born July 10, 1946) is an American actress best known for her performances in Lolita (1962), The Night of the Iguana (1964), The Flim-Flam Man (1967) and Evel Knievel (1971).[1]

Life and career[edit]

Suellyn Lyon was born on July 10, 1946 in Davenport, Iowa. When she was 14 years old, she was cast in the role of Dolores "Lolita" Haze, the sexually charged adolescent and the object of an older man's obsessions in Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film Lolita.[2] She was chosen for the role partly because her curvy figure suggested that of an older adolescent. Based on the Vladimir Nabokov Lolita, Kubrick's film, though a toned-down version of the book—Lolita is only 12 at the beginning of the novel and 17 at the end—was nonetheless one of the most controversial films of its day.

Lyon in Lolita, 1962

Lyon was still 15 when the film premiered in June 1962.[3] She became an instant celebrity and won a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female. Despite her inexperience, she was praised for holding her own in scenes with the three top-billed stars of the film, James Mason, Shelley Winters, and Peter Sellers. Lyon recorded two songs for the film, which were released on an MGM 45 rpm record. The song "Lolita Ya Ya" (Riddle–Harris) appeared on side A, and "Turn Off the Moon" (Stillman-Harris) appeared on side B.

In 1963, Lyon was again cast as a seductive teen in John Huston's The Night of the Iguana (1964), competing for the affections of Richard Burton's defrocked preacher against the likes of Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner. Again, controversy surrounded her because of a provocative scene in the film in which Lyon is shown emerging from the water.

In 1965, she played a mission worker in China in director John Ford's last feature film, 7 Women. Lyon played the female lead in the 1967 comedy The Flim-Flam Man and had a supporting role in 1967's Tony Rome which starred Frank Sinatra. She played the wife of daredevil Evel Knievel in the 1971 film Evel Knievel.[4]

By the 1970s, she was relegated to mainly secondary roles. In her final film role she played a news reporter in the 1980 cult favorite Alligator.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1962LolitaDolores "Lolita" HazeGolden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer
1964The Night of the IguanaCharlotte Goodall
19667 WomenEmma Clark
1967The Flim-Flam ManBonnie Lee Packard
Tony RomeDiana Pines
1969Arsenic and Old LaceElaine HarperTV film
1970But I Don't Want to Get Married!Laura
1971Four Rode OutMyra Polsen
Evel KnievelLinda
1973Murder in a Blue WorldAna Vernia
1973TarotAngela
1976The Astral FactorDarlene DeLong
Smash-Up on Interstate 5BurnseyTV film
1977Crash!Kim Denne
End of the WorldSylvia Boran
Don't Push, I'll Charge When I'm ReadyWendy SutherlandTV film
1978TowingLynn
1980AlligatorNBC Newswoman

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1959Letter to LorettaLaurie1 episode ("Alien Love")
as Suellyn Lyon
1969–1974Love, American StyleBarbara Eric
Julie
2 episodes ("Love and the Extra Job/Love and the Flying Finletters/Love and the Golden Worm/Love and the Itchy Condition/Love and the Patrolperson",
"Love and the Medium/Love and the Bed/Love and the High School Flop-Out")
1970The VirginianBelinda Ballard1 episode ("Experiment at New Life")
1971Men at Law1 episode ("Marathon")
Night GalleryBetsy1 episode ("The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes/Miss Lovecraft Sent Me/The Hand of Borgus Weems/Phantom of What Opera?")
1978Police StoryCaroline1 episode ("River of Promises")
Fantasy IslandJill Nolan1 episode ("Reunion/Anniversary")

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Sue Lyon". Allmovie. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Schoolgirl Gets Lead in 'Lolita'", The New York Times, Sep 28, 1960, p. 33.
  3. ^ Bosley Crowther review, New York Times June 14,1962 [1]
  4. ^ Evel Knievel : Press Kit, Cast, Crew, Synopsis, Movie Posters

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