Yvette Carmen Mimieux
January 8, 1942
(m. 1972; div. 1985)
Early life and career
Yvette Carmen Mimieux was born in Los Angeles County, California, United States, to her French father René Mimieux and Mexican mother Maria Montemayor. She has at least two siblings, a sister, Gloria, and a brother.
Talent manager Jim Byron suggested she become an actress.
Mimieux's first feature was 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.
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.
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. "I suppose I have a soulful quality," she later said. "I was often cast as a wounded person, the 'sensitive' role."
She was meant to do A Summer Affair at MGM, but it was not made.
She had a small part in Pal's The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1963), another commercial disappointment. Also later that year, she appeared in Diamond Head (1963) for Columbia, billed second to Charlton Heston.
While at MGM, Mimieux guest-starred on two episodes of Dr. Kildare alongside Richard Chamberlain. She played a surfer suffering from epilepsy, a performance that was much acclaimed. In her appearance she was the first person on American television to show her navel.
She did The Desperate Hours (1967) for TV and was reunited with Rod Taylor in the MGM action movie Dark of the Sun (1968). In 1968 she narrated a classical music concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
Mimieux was the female lead in The Delta Factor (1970), an action film.
She then had one of the leads in The Most Deadly Game (1970–1971), a short-lived TV series from Aaron Spelling. She replaced Inger Stevens. Around this time Mimieux had a business selling Haitian products and studied archeology; she would travel several months of each year.
By the early 1970s, Mimieux was unhappy with the roles offered to female actors."The women they [male screenwriters] write are all one dimensional," she said."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." Mimieux says the more she 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."
In 1976, she made a pilot for a TV sitcom based on Bell, Book and Candle, but it was not picked up.
She was in some horror-oriented TV movies, Snowbeast (1977), Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978), and Disaster on the Coastliner (1979). She also did the TV movies Ransom for Alice! (1977) and Outside Chance (1978).
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," she said, "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."
She retired from acting in 1992.
She married Evan Harland Engber on December 19, 1959, but kept the marriage secret for almost two years.
- A Certain Smile (1958) - (uncredited)
- Platinum High School (1960) - Lorinda Nibley
- The Time Machine (1960) - Weena
- Where the Boys Are (1960) - Melanie Tolman
- The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962) - Chi Chi Desnoyers
- Light in the Piazza (1962) - Clara Johnson
- The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) - The Princess ('The Dancing Princess')
- Diamond Head (1962) - Sloane Howland
- Toys in the Attic (1963) - Lily Berniers
- Looking for Love (1964) - Yvette Mimieux
- Joy in the Morning (1965) - Annie Brown née McGairy
- The Reward (1965) - Sylvia
- Monkeys, Go Home! (1967) - Maria Riserau
- The Caper of the Golden Bulls (1967) - Grace Harvey
- Dark of the Sun (1968) - Claire
- Three in the Attic (1968) - Tobey Clinton
- The Picasso Summer (1969) - Alice Smith
- The Delta Factor (1970) - Kim Stacy
- Skyjacked (1972) - Angela Thacher
- The Neptune Factor (1973) - Dr. Leah Jansen
- Journey Into Fear (1975) - Josette
- Jackson County Jail (1976) - Dinah Hunter
- The Black Hole (1979) - Dr. Kate McCrae
- Circle of Power (1981) - Bianca Ray
- The Fascination (1985)
- The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985, documentary) - Weena (in "The Time Machine") (archive footage)
- Yancy Derringer (1959, Episode: "Collector's Item") - Ricky
- Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (1960, Episode: "The Clown") - Nonnie Regan
- Mr. Lucky (1960, Episode: "Stacked Deck") - Margot
- Dr. Kildare (1964, 2 episodes) - Pat Holmes
- The Desperate Hours (1967, TV movie) - Cindy Hilliard
- The Most Deadly Game (1970–1971) - Vanessa Smith
- Death Takes a Holiday (1971, TV movie) - Peggy Chapman
- Black Noon (1971, TV movie) - Deliverance
- Hit Lady (1974, TV movie) - Angela de Vries
- The Legend of Valentino (1975, TV movie) - Natacha Rambova
- Bell, Book and Candle (1976, TV movie) - Gillian Holroyd
- Snowbeast (1977, TV movie) - Ellen Seberg
- Ransom for Alice! (1977, TV movie) - Jenny Cullen
- Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978, TV movie) - Betty Barry
- Outside Chance (1978, TV movie) - Dinah Hunter
- Disaster on the Coastliner (1979, TV movie) - Paula Harvey
- Forbidden Love (1982, TV movie) - Joanna Bittan
- Night Partners (1983, TV movie) - Elizabeth McGuire
- The Love Boat (1984, Episode: "Hong Kong Affair") - Leni Martek
- Obsessive Love (1984, TV movie) - Linda Foster
- Berrenger's (1985, canceled after 12 episodes) - Shane Bradley
- The Fifth Missile (1986, TV movie) - Cheryl Leary
- Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception (1990, TV movie) - Danielle Altmann
- Lady Boss (1992, TV Series) - Deena Swanson (final appearance)
- 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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…actor Yvette Mimieux in 1942 (age 76)
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Yvette Carmen Mimieux was born on January 8, 1942 in Los Angeles County, California. Her father's last name is Mimieux, and her mother's maiden name is Montemayor.
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Photographs show actress Yvette Mimieux with family and friends. Includes Mimieux at home with parents, father René, mother Carmen, sister Gloria, and brother.
- "Under Hedda's Hat: The Mystery of Yvette Mimieux" Chicago Tribune, June 9, 1963. p. H36.
- Yvette steals the show: A year ago she was on our cover. Now look at the girl--she's had two movies, five proposals and starred at the Debs' Ball! Actors are out! by Hyams, Joe. Los Angeles Times December 6, 1959: J21
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- New Pictures Get Go-Ahead Signals: Karlson, Levin Will Direct for Widmark and Pasternak, by Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times May 18, 1960: A11.
- YVETTE MIMIEUX SIGNED: Actress Gets Role in 'Four Horsemen of Apocalypse'. New York Times August 12, 1960: 11.
- Mimieux, Hamilton Teamed: Film Is Remake of 'Clock'; Mary Costa Going to Rome, by Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times June 7, 1961: B10.
- The Mystique of Actress Yvette Mimieux, by By Megan Rosenfeld. The Washington Post November 29, 1979: D13.
- Yvette Mimieux to Do 'Summer Affair': Changes in Motion Picture Code Decried by Rock Hudson, by Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times February 23, 1962: C16.
- Yvette Mimieux in Television Debut -- Los Angeles Times September 5, 1963: C12.
- Yvette Mimieux's Got a Secret, by Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times April 11, 1965: m4.
- Foster Conducts Program at Bowl, by Arlen, Walter. Los Angeles Times August 15, 1968: e24.
- Yvette Looking Ahead to Grandmotherhood, by Boyle, Hal. Los Angeles Times August 11, 1967: d17.
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- Yvette Mimieux in Cast of Deadly Game Los Angeles Times May 19, 1970: f18.
- Actress Mixes Altruism and Business, by JUDY KLEMESRUD. New York Times September 23, 1970: 54.
- "Film Agency Sued by Yvette Mimieux". Los Angeles Times. August 21, 1971. p. 20.
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- "Yvette Mimieux's Right for This Role". Los Angeles Times. October 7, 1974. p. E17.
- "Circle of Power (1981) Directed by Bobby Roth". LETTERBOXD. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
- 'Obsessive Love,' Movie With Yvette Mimieux, By JOHN O'CONNOR. New York Times October 2, 1984: C18.
- MIMIEUX PRODUCES A MOVIE FOR TV, by Farber, Stephen. New York Time1 Oct 1984: C.17.
- "Yvette Mimieux Married". The New York Times. Associated Press. October 27, 1961. p. 27.
... has been secretly married since 1959 ... Records show that she was married to Evan Harland Engber here [in Los Angeles] on Dec. 19. ... Mr. Engber, who was recently discharged from the Army ...Abstract only; full article requires subscription.
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