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'Lolita' Star Sue Lyon Has Died At Age 73

The star of Stanley Kubrick's 'Lolita' -- Sue Lyon -- has died.

The actor died at her home in Los Angeles on December 26, her longtime friend Phil Syracopoulos told the New York Times.

No cause of death was announced but Syracopoulos noted that Lyon had been "in declining health for some time".

The Iowa-born Lyon shot to fame as a teenager in 'Lolita' -- the 1962 film based on Vladimir Nabokov's controversial novel of the same name.

With just two modelling credits under her belt, Lyon beat out hundreds of other young actors to score the role of Dolores "Lolita" Haze and her performance alongside James Mason earned her a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer.

Lyon's performance as Dolores Haze has also been the subject of Bob Dylan's artwork, with the musician painting a screenshot that features the actor in a phone booth.

Although her debut in 'Lolita' was to be her most remembered role, Lyon went on to act in films including 'The Night of the Iguana', 'Tony Rome', and a biopic about Evel Knievel.

Her last screen credits included roles in TV series 'Police Story' and 'Fantasy Island' in 1978 and in horror film 'Alligator' in 1980.

A letter written by Lyon in the 1990s to Kubrick explained that she'd been living a quiet life in Los Angeles with her husband Richard Rudman.

"I spend most of my time gardening, taking care of the house and playing/training with our German Shepherd Dog, Pax," she wrote to the director.

Lyon is survived by her daughter, Nona, from her second marriage to photographer and football coach, Roland Harrison.

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