Sunday, July 10, 2011

Happy 65th Birthday Sue Lyon

Suellyn Lyon was born in Davenport, Iowa on July 10, 1946. Her father died when she was only 10 months old and her mother decided to move to Los Angeles. Here Sue earned money for the family as a child model. J.C. Penny was her big break and from that commercial Sue landed acting jobs on such TV shows as "Dennis the Menace" (1959) where she was spotted by director Stanley Kubrick and suggested that she should test for the lead in "Lolita". The movie made her an overnight sensation. The 1962 blockbuster was such a huge hit that it was difficult for the audience to see her in new roles. They always connected her with the seductive sexy Lolita. She married black photographer Roland Harrison and that set off a whole new wave of controversy. They fled the U.S. and moved to Spain. They would divorce, due to pressure over racism and other problems. Her next marriage was to Gary "Cotton" Adamson who spent years in the Colorado Penitentiary for murder and robbery and this became another short lived relationship. In 1980 after doing many "B" movies she married a radio engineer, Richard Rudman whom she divorced in 2002. Sue retired from show business and now lives in seclusion in Los Angeles. She made only one Euro-western, "Four Rode Out" (1970) with Pernell Roberts and Leslie Nielsen. Today we celebrate Sue Lyon’s 65th birthday.


  1. If she would put on make-up and re-do her hair she would look pretty good for 66. It's horrible to get old. I will be 62 this year and I'm pretty bummed about it.

  2. Don't worry about it. Life is to short.

  3. Holly shit! Miss Sue, when she was young.