The movie was a sensation, and was promoted with a Bert Stern photo of Lyon in heart-shaped sunglasses, sucking a lollipop.
Lyon, who was born on July 10, 1946, in Davenport, Iowa, acted for over 20 years, but never again achieved the notoriety or praise "Lolita" brought. It also brought her a Golden Globe, a juicy role, the opportunity to act with heavyweights James Mason, Peter Sellers and Shelley Winters, and a shot at singing; she recorded two songs for the movie.
Her other noteworthy roles were in "The Night of the Iguana" (1964) and "7 Women" (1966). She left acting after a small role in the cult-classic horror flick "Alligator" (1980).
Lyon was married and divorced five times, including to Cotton Adamson, a man who was, at the time of their nuptials, in prison for second-degree murder and robbery.