Yvette Mimieux was an admired American television and film actress. During her career, she received three Golden Globe Award nominations for her talented performances. In 1992, this blonde actress retired from an illustrious career. Let’s get to know the woman a little better.
Early life and family
The actress was born Yvette Carmen Mimieux in Los Angeles County, California, USA, on January 8, 1942. Her father was Frenchman René Mimieux and her mother, Maria Montemayor, was of Mexican descent. Yvette has two siblings – a brother whose name is unknown and a sister named Gloria. Yvette is believed to have had a normal childhood, but no details are known about how she grew up.
Nothing is known about Yvette’s education, but she lived within screaming distance of Hollywood and was a model and beauty pageant winner before signing a contract contract with MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc) in 1959, age 17, skipping school.
Her career actually started in 1958, but her appearances went uncredited until the following year, with television roles on shows like “One Step Beyond” and “Yancy Derringer.” In 1960, Yvette got her first taste of film acting, in ‘Platinum High School’, produced by Albert Zugsmith, and then landed the role of Weena in ‘The Time Machine’, the film based on HG Wells’ 1895 novel of the same name. , which helped “put her on the map”.
She then acted in the teen comedy ‘Where the Boys Are’, another movie where she got to show off her acting talent. The movie itself wasn’t a huge success, but it still helped Yvette take on new and exciting roles and build her career. In 1961, the blonde rising star landed a role in ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,’ but that film also failed, and she wasn’t helped when she became part of a remake of ‘The Clock,’ but that never happened. .
In 1962, Yvette had the central role of a mentally handicapped girl in ‘Light at the Piazza’, starring alongside George Hamilton and Olivia de Havilland, and although the film did not do well, she was still admired by many.
After that, she had roles in several movies, not all of them hits – ‘The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm’ didn’t do very well, ‘Diamond Head’ did better, and ‘Toys in the Attic’ was much more of a success. While under contract with MGM, Yvette guest-starred in two episodes of ‘Dr Kildare’ – her performance as a woman suffering from epilepsy was praised by viewers, coincidentally she was also the first person to show her belly button on American television.
In 1964, she played a cameo role as herself in “Looking for Love.” Her next role came in 1965 in “Joy in the Morning,” where Yvette played Richard Chamberlain’s love interest. After she left MGM, her career did not stop as she teamed up with Max Von Sydow in 1965 on a Fox western film, ‘The Reward’.
She then starred in ‘Monkeys, Go Home’ in 1967, as well as ‘The Caper of the Golden Bulls’. Also in that year, she starred in “The Desperate Hours,” and in 1968, she again worked with MGM, this time with Rod Taylor in the action movie “Dark of the Sun.” Yvette showed off her storytelling skills at the Hollywood Bowl classical music concert. She also acted in the 1969 movie ‘Three in the Attic’ and in the same year in the critically acclaimed movie ‘The Picasso Summer’ with Albert Finney.
The following year, Yvette was the female star of the action movie ‘The Delta Factor’ and then went on to play a lead role in the TV series Aaron Spelling that aired between 1970 and 1971, ‘The Most Deadly Game’.
It was at this time that she also owned a business selling Haitian products, while also studying archaeology, traveling frequently and certainly a very busy woman. However, that was not the end of her acting career as Yvette starred in television movies ‘Death Takes a Holiday’ and ‘Black Noon’. The following year, she was back on screen, this time as a flight attendant in ‘Skyjacked’ and in 1973 she starred in Fox’s sci-fi film, ‘The Neptune Factor’.
At that point, however, she became disenchanted with the roles offered to her and other female actors. She was quoted as saying that there is nothing complicated about the female characters of movies – they are either boring or sex objects.
She even sued her agent after claiming he took her money but didn’t give her any film work. By that time she had been writing for many years – short stories and journalistic pieces. She also wrote a thriller that was submitted to ABC by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg and made into a TV movie in 1974 – ‘Hit Lady’.
In 1975, she continued her acting career, playing Rudolph Valentino’s second wife in ‘The Legend of Valentino’ and also starred in a Canadian thriller, ‘Journey into Fear’. In later years, she had roles in ‘Jackson County Jail’, ‘Snowbeast’, ‘Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell’, ‘Disaster on the Coastliner’ and ‘Ransom for Alice!’.
In 1979, Yvette was part of the Walt Disney Productions movie ‘The black hole‘, and was the lead in ‘Circle of Power’ in 1981. She also starred in ‘Forbidden Love’, ‘Night Partners’ and ‘The Love Boat’ between 1982 and 1983.
‘Obsessive Love’ is a 1984 movie that she co-wrote, co-produced and also starred in. After that, she had a starring role in the short-lived television series ‘Berrenger’s’ and a supporting role in ‘The Fifth Rocket’. Yvette was also a guest star in the 1992 TV movie ‘Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception’ and ‘Lady Boss’, which was her last movie. She retired from acting in this year. According to “Rotten Tomatoes,” Yvette dedicated spent most of her time with her husband from 1972, but she was still building her career.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Yvette loved to keep busy with her passions of writing, dancing and making music. She was a versatile woman with many interests outside of acting. With her third husband, Howard Ruby, she owned a resort in Mexico that many celebrities visited to relax and vacation.
Yvette kept her private life something people largely guess about. Her first marriage, to Evan Engber, was actually a secret for almost two years. They married on December 19, 1959, but later divorced. In 1972 she married Stanley Dohen, who was a film director, but this marriage also ended in divorce in 1985. Yvette married her third husband, Howard Ruby, who was the founder of Oakwood Worldwide, in 1986, and they are apparently still together. .
- Hair Color: Blonde
- Eye Color: Blue
- Height: 5 feet 5 inches (1.63 m)
- Weight: 119 lbs (54 kg)
- Vital Stats: 33-24-33
- Shoe size: unknown
- Bra Size: 36B
- Zodiac sign Capricorn
Yvette’s net worth is estimated to be something around $5 million built from both acting and her business ventures.