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Yvette Carmen Mimieux|
January 8, 1942
Los Angeles, California, US
(m. 1972; div. 1985)
Howard F. Ruby
Yvette Mimieux (born January 8, 1942) is a retired American movie and television actress.
Early life and career
Yvette Carmen Mimieux was born in Los Angeles, California, United States, to a French father and a Mexican mother (surnamed Montemayor). Before her film career began, Mimieux was one of four finalists from a beauty contest picked by Elvis Presley (while he was filming Jailhouse Rock, 1957) who were invited to come to the set to compete for a bit role in the movie ("girl in bathing suit"). She and the other girls modeled their suits. Mimieux was not selected.
Her first film appearance was in Platinum High School (1960) for MGM, who signed her to a long term contract. She achieved fame 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 popular at the box office as was the teen comedy Where the Boys Are (1960). She also guest starred on Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (1960) and other shows.
MGM put Mimieux in the ingenue role in Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1961), an expensive flop. She had a central role in Light in the Piazza (1962) with Olivia de Havilland and George Hamilton, playing a mentally disabled girl. The film lost money but was well regarded critically. She had a small part in The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1963), another commercial disappointment. Also later that year, she appeared in Diamond Head for Columbia, as well as Toys in the Attic, co-starring Dean Martin, based on the play by Lillian Hellman.
She was in a Western, The Reward (1967), the Disney comedy Monkeys, Go Home! (1967), and a heist film The Caper of the Golden Bulls (1967). She was reunited with Rod Taylor in the MGM action movie Dark of the Sun (1968).
She appeared in a two-part episode of Dr. Kildare ("Tyger, Tyger", 1964) and later appeared in numerous television series and made-for-television movies. She was an assassin in Spelling's Hit Lady (1974) and was in The Legend of Valentino (1975), wherein she played Rudolph Valentino's second wife, Natacha Rambova.
Mimieux was a falsely imprisoned woman victimized by a sadistic guard in the film Jackson County Jail (1976) with Tommy Lee Jones, and a box office hit. She was in some horror-orientated TV movies, Snowbeast (1977), Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978), and Disaster on the Coastliner (1979).
She was in Obsessive Love (1984), a television movie about a female stalker which she co-wrote and co-produced. She had the lead in Berrenger's (1985) a short lived TV series and had a support role in the TV movie The Fifth Missile (1986).
Mimieux retired from acting in 1992. She was married to film director Stanley Donen from 1972 until their divorce in 1985. In 1986, Mimieux married Howard F. Ruby, chairman emeritus and founder of Oakwood Worldwide. She has no children.
- Platinum High School (1960)
- The Time Machine (1960)
- Where the Boys Are (1960)
- The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962)
- Light in the Piazza (1962)
- The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)
- Diamond Head (1963)
- Toys in the Attic (1963)
- Looking for Love (1964)
- Joy in the Morning (1965)
- The Reward (1965)
- Monkeys, Go Home! (1967)
- The Caper of the Golden Bulls (1967)
- Dark of the Sun (1968)
- Three in the Attic (1968)
- The Picasso Summer (1969)
- The Delta Factor (1970)
- Skyjacked (1972)
- The Neptune Factor (1973)
- Journey Into Fear (1975)
- Jackson County Jail (1976)
- The Black Hole (1979)
- Circle of Power (1981)
- The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985) (documentary)
- Yancy Derringer ("Collector's Item" 1959)
- Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (1960) Episode: "The Clown"
- Mr. Lucky (1960) Episode: "Stacked Deck"
- Dr. Kildare (1964) 2 episodes
- The Desperate Hours (1967)
- The Most Deadly Game (1970–1971)
- Death Takes a Holiday (1971)
- Black Noon (1971)
- Hit Lady (1974)
- The Legend of Valentino (1975)
- Bell, Book and Candle (1976)
- Snowbeast (1977)
- Ransom for Alice! (1977)
- Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978)
- Outside Chance (1978)
- Disaster on the Coastliner (1979)
- Forbidden Love (1982)
- Night Partners (1983)
- Obsessive Love (1984)
- The Love Boat, "Hong Kong Affair" (1984)
- Berrenger's (1985) (canceled after 12 episodes)
- The Fifth Missile (1986)
- Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception (1990)
- Lady Boss (1992)
- 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
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