Sue Lyon


Actor
Sue Lyon

About

Birth Place
Davenport, Iowa, USA
Born
July 10, 1946

Biography

This blonde ingenue made a rocky transition to leading lady. Lyon won the controversial role of Dolores Haze, the sexually charged adolescent and the object of an older man's obsessions in Stanley Kubrick's "Lolita" (1962). From the Vladimir Nabokov novel of the same name, Kubrick's "Lolita," although a toned-down version of the story, was nonetheless one of the most notorious films of i...

Photos & Videos

Night of the Iguana - Sue Lyon Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Lolita - Peter Sellers Scene Stills
Lolita - Pressbook

Family & Companions

Hampton Fancher
Husband
Actor, screenwriter. Divorced.
Roland Harrison
Husband
Photographer. Divorced.
Cotton Adamson
Husband
Activist.

Biography

This blonde ingenue made a rocky transition to leading lady. Lyon won the controversial role of Dolores Haze, the sexually charged adolescent and the object of an older man's obsessions in Stanley Kubrick's "Lolita" (1962). From the Vladimir Nabokov novel of the same name, Kubrick's "Lolita," although a toned-down version of the story, was nonetheless one of the most notorious films of its day and Lyon rode to fame on its coattails. She played a similar role in John Huston's "Night of the Iguana" (1964), competing for the affections of Richard Burton's defrocked alcoholic preacher against the likes of Deborah Kerr and Ava Gardner, and she played an innocent in John Ford's last film, "Seven Women" (1965). She continued to work in films and television throughout the 1960s and 70s.

Life Events

1962

Feature debut, "Lolita"

1969

TV debut in the network special, "Arsenic and Old Lace"

1970

First TV-movie, "But I Don't Want to Get Married!"

Photo Collections

Night of the Iguana - Sue Lyon Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several location photos taken during production of John Huston's Night of the Iguana (1964), featuring Sue Lyon.
Lolita - Peter Sellers Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Stanley Kubrick's Lolita (1962), all of them featuring Peter Sellers as Clare Quilty.
Lolita - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for MGM's Lolita (1962), directed by Stanley Kubrick. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Seven Women - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Seven Women (1966), the last film from director John Ford.
Lolita - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Stanley Kubrick's Lolita (1962), starring James Mason and Sue Lyon.
Lolita - Sue Lyon Publicity Stills
Here are several Publicity Stills of Sue Lyon taken during production of Lolita (1962). Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Lolita - Lobby Card
Here is a Lobby Card from Stanley Kubrick's Lolita (1962). Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.

Videos

Movie Clip

Flim-Flam Man, The (1967) - I Am Forgetting My Calling Working their second scam, con-man Mordecai (George C. Scott) poses as a minister and his hesitant protegè Curley (Michael Sarazin) as an accident victim, seeking transport, Alice Ghostley and Sue Lyon introduced as their rural mother and daughter marks, in The Flim-Flam Man, 1967.
Lolita (1962) - Did I Do That? College town busybody Charlotte (Shelley Winters) can't resist approaching the minor celebrity at the dance, TV writer Clare Quilty (Peter Sellers), who can't recall meeting her, in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita, 1962.
Lolita (1962) - What Was The Decisive Factor? Professor Humbert (James Mason) is considering an offer of lodging from Charlotte Haze (Shelley Winters) when he meets her daughter (Sue Lyon, title character) in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita, 1962, from the Vladimir Nabokov novel.
Lolita (1962) - Acute Observation Lodger professor Humbert (James Mason) is getting academic, masking his lust for Lolita (Sue Lyon), until she's summoned by her mom Charlotte (Shelley Winters), who soon delivers unwelcome news in Stanley Kubrick's Lolita, 1962.
Night Of The Iguana, The - Don't Make Me Take Steps Defrocked priest and Mexico tour guide Shannon (Richard Burton) with his group of teachers, including precocious Charlotte (Sue Lyon) and harridan Miss Fellowes (Grayson Hall), in The Night Of The Iguana, 1964, from Tennessee Williams' play.
Seven Women - The Only Rooster Mannish in jodhpurs, Dr. Cartwright (Anne Bancroft) breaks decorum at her first dinner with Miss Andrews (Margaret Leighton), Pether (Eddie Albert), Emma (Sue Lyon) and the crew at the Mongolian mission, in John Ford's Seven Women, 1966.
Seven Women - Fornication! Uncleanliness! Idolatry! Dr. Cartwright (Anne Bancroft) caring for Florrie (Betty Field) and her baby, mission leader Miss Andrews (Margaret Leighton) flipping out, Mongolian bandit (Woody Strode) conducting, in John Ford's Seven Women, 1966.

Trailer

Companions

Hampton Fancher
Husband
Actor, screenwriter. Divorced.
Roland Harrison
Husband
Photographer. Divorced.
Cotton Adamson
Husband
Activist.

Bibliography