The nickname of lawyer Liza Bump (Christina Ricci) on the Boston-based legal dramedy ALLY MCBEAL/FOX/1997-2002.


Liza is attractive, 21, small in stature (she prefers to be called “Puny”) and works for the firm of Price Communications. She’ll do anything to win. According to Nell Porter (Portia de Rossi) of the firm of Cage/Fish & McBeal, Lolita “does better against men from what I’ve heard.”

Once, while negotiating with a lawyer to settle a case out of court, Lolita began to cry and mockingly said, “Please don’t make me try this case, I’m not prepared.” But she’s more than prepared and ready action in the courtroom.

Liza uses her youth, apparent innocence, and touchy-feely sexual wiles to rattle her opponents. But more importantly, she uses her shrewd legal mind to argue her cases.

Knowing a good lawyer when he sees one, John Cage hired Liza to work for his firm. Or was it because Liza told him he was a hottie. Hmmm?

Note: The term “Lolita” was coined after the title of the scandalous 1955 novel of the same name written by Russian émigré Vladimir Nabokov. The book tells the racy tale of an affair between literature professor Humbert Humbert, a middle-aged sexual pervert and Dolores “Lolita” Haze, a fatally seductive twelve-year-old nymphet (the landlady’s daughter).

The “Lolita” character reportedly was inspired by the scandal between actor Charlie Chaplin and his subsequent divorce to under-age actress Lolita McMurry.


Sue Lyons as Lolita

Director Stanley Kubrick produced a screen adaptation of the book in 1962 starring James Mason and Sue Lyons.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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