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AmericanBorn Yvette Carmen Mimieux

American film and television actress

Born on January 8, 1942 in Los Angeles, California , United States

Died on January 18, 2022 in Los Angeles, California , United States

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Yvette Carmen Mimieux (January 8, 1942 – January 18, 2022) was an American film and television actress who was a major star of the 1960's and 1970's. Her breakout role was in The Time Machine (1960). She was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards during her acting career.

...   Yvette Carmen Mimieux (January 8, 1942 – January 18, 2022) was an American film and television actress who was a major star of the 1960's and 1970's. Her breakout role was in The Time Machine (1960). She was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards during her acting career.

Early life
Mimieux was born in Los Angeles on January 8, 1942, to René Mimieux, who was half French and half German, and Maria Montemayor, who was Mexican. Mimieux had at least two siblings, a sister, Gloria, and a brother, Edouardo.Her career was launched after talent manager Jim Byron happened to meet her and suggested she become an actress. Her first acting appearances were in episodes of the television shows Yancy Derringer and One Step Beyond, both in 1959, at the age of 17.


Mimieux appeared in George Pal's film version of H. G. Wells's 1895 novel The Time Machine (1960) starring Rod Taylor, in which she played the character Weena. It was made for MGM, which put her under long-term contract. However, her first film was Platinum High School (1960), a low budget teen crime drama produced by Albert Zugsmith for MGM and released two months before The Time Machine. Her performance in Platinum High School earned her a 1960 Golden Globe Awards nomination for "New Star Of The Year - Actress".Mimieux guest-starred in an episode of Mr Lucky, then was one of several leads in the highly popular teen comedy-drama Where the Boys Are (1960). MGM put Mimieux in the ingenue role in Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1961), an expensive flop. Arthur Freed wanted to team her and George Hamilton in a remake of The Clock, but it was not made.
Mimieux had a central role in the romantic drama Light in the Piazza (1962), playing a mentally disabled girl. This film did pair her romantically with George Hamilton. The film lost money but was well regarded critically. She later said: "I suppose I have a soulful quality. I was often cast as a wounded person, the 'sensitive' role."
In 1962, Mimieux was slated for a role in A Summer Affair at MGM, but it was not made.Mimieux had a small part in Pal's The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1963), another commercial disappointment. Later that year, she appeared in Diamond Head (1963) with Charlton Heston. Mimieux went to United Artists for Toys in the Attic, based on the play by Lillian Hellman and co-starring Geraldine Page and Dean Martin. At MGM, Mimieux guest-starred on two episodes of Dr. Kildare alongside Richard Chamberlain in 1964. She played a surfer suffering from epilepsy, a performance that was much acclaimed and led to a 1965 Golden Globe nomination for "Best Actress In A Television Series".Mimieux made a cameo as herself in Looking for Love (1964) starring Connie Francis, her costar from Where the Boys Are. She also played Richard Chamberlain's wife in Joy in the Morning (1965), a romantic melodrama.

Mimieux was in a Western with Max von Sydow for 20th Century Fox, The Reward (1965); the Disney comedy Monkeys, Go Home! (1967); and a heist film The Caper of the Golden Bulls (1967).Mimieux did The Desperate Hours (1967) for TV and was reunited with Rod Taylor in the MGM war movie Dark of the Sun (1968). In 1968, she narrated a classical music concert at the Hollywood Bowl.In 1969, Mimieux was top-billed in the sex comedy Three in the Attic a hit for AIP, and appeared in the critically acclaimed 1969 movie The Picasso Summer alongside Albert Finney. The following year, she was the female lead in The Delta Factor (1970), an action film co-starring Christopher George.

Mimieux had one of the leads in The Most Deadly Game (1970–1971), a short-lived TV series from Aaron Spelling. She replaced Inger Stevens, who had been slated to star, but died one month before production began. For this role, Mimieux was nominated for the 1971 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Actress – Drama Series.Around 1971, Mimieux had a business selling Haitian products and studied archeology; she would travel several months of each year. After making the TV movies Death Takes a Holiday (1971) and Black Noon (1971), she sued her agent for not providing her with movie work despite having taken her money.Mimieux was an air hostess in MGM's hostage thriller Skyjacked (1972), starring Charlton Heston and was in the Fox science-fiction film The Neptune Factor (1973).
By the early 1970s, Mimieux was unhappy with the roles offered to actresses:"The women they [male screenwriters] write are all one dimensional. They have no complexity in their lives. It's all surface. There's nothing to play. They're either sex objects or vanilla pudding."
Mimieux had been writing for several years prior to this film, mostly journalism and short stories. She had the idea for a story about a Pirandello-like theme:"...the study of a woman, the difference between what she appears to be and what she is: appearance vs reality...[the more I thought about the character] the more I wanted to play her. Here was the kind of nifty, multifaceted part I'd been looking for. So instead of a short story, I wrote it as a film."
Mimieux wrote a thriller, which she took to producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg, who then produced it for ABC as a television film. It aired as Hit Lady (1974), in which Mimieux played the title character.In 1975, Mimieux starred in The Legend of Valentino (as Rudolph Valentino's second wife, Natacha Rambova), and in the Canadian thriller Journey into Fear, a remake of a 1943 Orson Welles movie. In 1976, Mimieux made a pilot for a TV sitcom based on Bell, Book and Candle, but it was not picked up.

Later movies
Mimieux played a falsely imprisoned woman pursued by corrupt law enforcement in the crime drama Jackson County Jail (1976) with Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Carradine for New World Pictures, which was a box-office hit.
Mimieux appeared in such horror-oriented TV movies as Snowbeast (1977), Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978), and Disaster on the Coastliner (1979). She also appeared in the TV movies Ransom for Alice! (1977) and Outside Chance (1978).
Later, she co-starred in the first PG-rated Walt Disney Productions feature, the science fiction film The Black Hole (1979). She had the lead in Circle of Power (1981).
Mimieux appeared in the TV movie Forbidden Love (1982) and Night Partners (1983) and guest-starred on The Love Boat and Lime Street. She made Obsessive Love (1984), a television film about a female stalker which she co-wrote and co-produced:"There are few enough films going these days, and there are three or four women who are offered all the good parts. Of course I could play a lot of awful parts that are too depressing to contemplate.... [Television] is not the love affair I have with film, but television can be a playground for interesting ideas. I love wild, baroque, slightly excessive theatrical ideas, and because television needs so much material, there's a chance to get some of those odd ideas done."
Mimieux had the lead in Berrenger's (1985), a short-lived TV series and had a supporting role in the TV movie The Fifth Missile (1986). She guest-starred in a TV movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception (1990). Her last film was a supporting role in Lady Boss (1992).

Personal life and death
At age 17, Mimieux wed Evan Harland Engber on December 19, 1959, but kept the marriage secret for almost two years. She was married for a second time to film director Stanley Donen from 1972 until their divorce in 1985. Her last marriage was to Howard F. Ruby, chairman emeritus and co-founder of Oakwood Worldwide, the owner of the Oakwood Apartments complexes.Mimieux died at her home in Los Angeles on January 18, 2022.


Television work

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 1962 (MGM Records), as The Dancing Princess
Baudelaire's Flowers of Evil (Les Fleurs Du Mal) 1968 (Connoisseur Society), reading excerpts of Cyril Scott's 1909 translation with music by Ali Akbar Khan




External links

Yvette Mimieux at IMDb
Yvette Mimieux at the TCM Movie Database
Yvette Mimieux at AllMovie
Yvette Mimieux at Rotten Tomatoes
Yvette Mimieux discography at Discogs
Yvette Mimieux Gallery

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