The Pittsburgh Press from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 2, 1967 · Page 132
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10 Sue Lyon Started As A Star At The Age Of 14, But Is Realistic About Future 'Lolita' Would Qafher Teach Than AcJ By Dan Lewis Written For Roto Magazine " citing thing. But not at 40, as far as actresses go." This was Sue Lyon talking. At 14, with no experience, she became a star. She was "Lolita" in one of the controversial pictures of the past decade. Now, six years and five pictures later, Miss Lyon is a young veteran of the Hollywood way of life. And she has decided that she does not want to act for the rest of her days. What would she rather do? "I'd like to teach school, and I'd like to get married and have children." She's not just making conversation, either. Before coming to Miami Beach for t co-starring role in Frank Sinatra's latest picture, "Tony Rome," Sue completed her freshman year at Santa Monica College. She's majoring in education. When she returns to Hollywood, she'll have to decide whether or not she'll return to school in September or delay her sophomore semester while she makes two new pictures. Likes Acting "I like acting very much," she said. "I find it very intriguing, but I don't see it as being permanent for anyone. Most young actresses have careers that last from 5 to 10 years, unless there's a real exception." She lit a cigaret, then continued: "There are so many things in life I'd like to do. "I wanl the degree so that when I'm ready to teach I'll be prepared. I don't see myself teaching at 23. Nor m - w 'til! -rw r ' -v X ; V 7v.t i-l ": .J, iV 1 : ,1 ' , SV W.-A ' 5 . x 7 I? r " . w- , ' J - . do I see myself acting at 40." In the meantime, she spends three days a week as a volunteer worker at an orthopedic hospital back home when not on a picture, and hardly lives the life of "Lolita," even though the image from that picture persists. She has no regrets, however. "If I hadn't done that picture, I would never have done anything," she said philosophically. "Heaven only knows what would have happened. The only thing I had done before was two days on television." She was a pretty high school freshman when she heard aboul auditions for "Lolita." "I went, just as a lark," she recalled, James Harris (the producer) was in the office, wearing tennis shorts, she remembered. Stanley Kubrick, the director, was there, too. They asked her several questions. Very Funny "I was hysterical," she said. "I thought it was so funny. When it was over, I thought it was just a nice way to spend an hour, and didn't give it any more thought." She subsequently was called back for three more interviews, followed by a successful screen test. Sue Lyon Her career has been unique. She continued in public schools, while working with such standouts of the business as James Mason, Richard Burton, and George C. Scott, and directors John Ford and John Huston. Now, she's co-starred with Frank Sinatra in the role of a young, married daughter of a millionaire who's bothered by an unhappy marriage and equally upsetting family problems. "Working with Frank," she said, "is a great deal like working with Burton. Both always have a lot of friends around." The Pittsburgh Press, Sunday, July 2, 1967

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