Baby Boomer Sex Kitten: What Happened to Lolita?

Posted on February 13th, 2017 in 1960s,Celebrities,Movies,Pop Culture,Sexual Revolution,Women's Liberation by Terry Hamburg

 

I was one steamy baby boomer, with the emphasis on “baby.” In my first and most famous role, I played a fourteen-year-old nymph seducing a dignified middle-aged professor who falls ga-ga in lust with me. Just so happens I was the same age when cast.

For the role I beat out over 800 mostly older boomer pretties, including very precocious Tuesday Weld who remarked: “I didn’t have to play the character, I was the character.” Part of the reason I won was my ample breasts. Nervous producers worried a too adolescent look couldn’t sneak by the censors. Remember, this was 1962, before the baby boomer sexual revolution turned Hollywood movies into a long-running version of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes.”

Lolita was oh-so-controversial but still nominated for 7 Academy Awards. I won the Golden Globe for the Most Promising Female Newcomer. Continuing my sexy baby, baby boomer ways, I seduced Richard Burton as a tortured defrocked priest in Night of the Iguana. I’m not one to gossip, but…my illustrious co-star drank so much at night I had trouble ignoring the alcohol odor oozing from his pores during filming days. He also dominated tag-along Elizabeth Taylor, who I found very meek. That was one shrew he really did tame.

I had a few less provocative roles, including a missionary worker in China and the wife of Evel Knievel, but by the mid-1970s my career was drying up. A comeback slipped through my fingers when Warren Beatty dropped me at the last minute and cast Faye Dunaway as his crime moll in Bonnie and Clyde. Sure, she was a bigger celebrity and better actress, but I was hotter. I scored a minor role here and there and finally drifted to the television wasteland of boomer has-beens: Love, American Style and Fantasy Island. I couldn’t stay a teenager forever. I may have been a flash in the pan, but it was quite a flash.

I’ve gone through husbands like bon-bons, not always making the best digestive choices, but with practice, I finally got it (almost) right. At least I never hitched up with any big Hollywood jerks. My marital resume:

#1: one and half years
#2: less than a year
#3: less than a year
#4: less than a year
#5: 17 years (divorced)

#2 was Roland Harrison, a black photographer and football coach. America wasn’t ready for a Hollywood interracial marriage so we lived in Spain.

I met #3, one Cotton Adamson, while he was serving time for murder and robbery. We were married in 1973 and I walked out when he committed another robbery.

My final marriage was to a radio engineer. We stayed on the same frequency for years.

 
Trivia Factoids

Night of the Iguana was shot in a small town just south of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. At the time there was no road from Puerto Vallarta to the location, so the cast and crew commuted via barges.

Sue got $25,000 for Lolita. Two years later she could command $75,000 for Night of the Iguana.

As Lolita



 

Baby Boomer Trivia Questions

 
Who wrote Night of the Iguana?

Arthur Miller
Gore Vidal
Harold Pinter
Tennessee Williams

A few Hollywood marriages are made in heaven. Only one of the following has been divorced:

Frankie Avalon
Dolly Parton
Ronald Reagan
Joanne Woodward
 

Answers end of post

 

NOTABLE QUOTABLES

 

Just saying ‘no’ prevents teenage pregnancy the way ‘Have a nice day’ cures depression. ~ Faye Wattleton

Sex at age ninety is like trying to shoot pool with a rope~ George Burns

I feel sorry for her [the character of Lolita]. She’s neurotic and pathetic and only interested in herself. ~ Sue Lyon

 

 
 
 

Answers 

 
 

If it’s hot, steamy sex, you can bet Tennessee Williams wrote it.

Ronald Reagan’s First Lady Nancy was number two. His previous marriage was to a Hollywood A-List star

 


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