The US actress, who was 14 when she starred in the highly controversial novel by Vladimir Nabokov’s screen adaptation, died in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Her death was confirmed by her friend Phil Syracopoulos, who gave no cause of death to The New York Times.
Lolita shared a young girl’s story that a middle-aged literature teacher had groomed.
Lyon has been chosen from a group of 800 auditionees to play the character Dolores Haze, with Kubrick describing her as “the perfect nymphet.”
The role she played against English actor James Mason, a 53-year-old, won her a 1963 Golden Globe for the most promising female newcomer.
The then 15-year-old Lyon was still too young to go and see it when the 18-rated film arrived in cinemas.
Although she never reached that level of success again, Lyon also starred in the 1964 film The Night of the Iguana by John Huston, where she played a teenager competing with several other women to seduce a disgraced preacher-played by Richard Burton.
She was married five times and is survived by her daughter Nona.
Her brief marriage in 1973 to convicted killer Gary “Cotton” Adamson made headlines and blamed the relationship on de-railing her acting career.
She said reportedly, “I’ve been told by people in the movie business, specifically producers and film distributors, that I won’t get a job because I’m married to Cotton.”
Her final appearance in the 1980 horror film Alligator was as an NBC newswoman.


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