Born on January 8, 1942, in Hollywood (her birth date is sometimes given as 1937 and 1939), actress Yvette Mimieux was born to a French father and a Mexican mother and grew up in Hollywood. Maturing into a gorgeous teenager, Mimieux was a beauty contestant and sometime model when she was discovered and signed to an MGM contract in 1959. An early first marriage at 17 to husband Evan Engber was kept under wraps by MGM. The marriage quickly cratered and eventually they divorced in the mid 1960s.

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LEFT: Yvette Mimieux was just 18 years old when this production still from Platinum High School was shot. CENTER: Looking gorgeous in this 1960 MGM photo. RIGHT: Early 1960s promotional photo

Initially, Mimieux met with much success in her acting career. Her first film for MGM was the low-budget exploitation flick Platinum High School (1960; with Mickey Rooney and Terry Moore) but soon moved into such "A" pictures as The Time Machine (1960; with Rod Taylor and Alan Young) and Where the Boys Are (1960; with Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss). Both pictures performed very well at the box office, but her subsequent films for MGM, including The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962; with Glenn Ford), Diamond Head (1963; with Charlton Heston and George Chakiris), and Toys in the Attic (1963; with Dean Martin and Geraldine Page), were box-office failures. Following the release of Joy in the Morning (1965; with Richard Chamberlain), MGM dropped Mimieux's contract. Unlike many of her contemporaries, in the 1960s she mostly shied away from television and continued with her film career in Monkeys, Go Home! (1967; with Dean Jones), The Caper of the Golden Bulls (1967; with Stephen Boyd), and Dark of the Sun (1968; with Rod Taylor). By 1970, however, Mimieux began working in television extensively, beginning with the short-lived series The Most Deadly Game (1970-1971; with George Maharis) and in made-for-television films. Of her 1970s output, her best known theatrical release is the low-budget shocker Jackson County Jail (1976; with Tommy Lee Jones).

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Platinum High School (1960)

Yvette Mimieux and Mickey Rooney

With Mickey Rooney in Albert Zugsmith's fun MGM exploitation quickie Platinum High School, Mimieux's first film

Light in the Piazza (1962)

George Hamilton and Yvette Mimieux

Yvette Mimieux portrays Clara, a mentally challenged young woman who falls in love with Italian George Hamilton in the MGM romance Light in the Piazza

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)

Yvette Mimieux and Russ Tamblyn

With Russ Tamblyn in the MGM fantasy The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm

Diamond Head (1963)

James Darren and Yvette Mimieux

With James Darren in the Columbia romance Diamond Head

Toys in the Attic (1963)

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Mimieux stars as the child bride of Dean Martin in the gritty drama Toys in the Attic

Joy in the Morning (1965)

Yvette Mimieux and Richard Chamberlain

Mimieux and Richard Chamberlain star as newlyweds with seemingly insurmountable problems in the MGM period romance Joy in the Morning. By all accounts, Chamberlain and Mimieux had a poor working relationship on this picture

The Reward (1965)

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LEFT: From the 20th Century Fox western The Reward with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. RIGHT: With Max Von Sydow

The Caper of the Golden Bulls (1967)

Yvette Mimieux and Stephen Boyd

With Stephen Boyd in the comedy The Caper of the Golden Bulls

Monkeys, Go Home! (1967)

Yvette Mimieux and Dean Jones

From the Disney family film Monkeys, Go Home! with Dean Jones

Three in the Attic (1968)

Judy Pace, Yvette Mimieux, and Maggie Thrett

Mimieux, along with Judy Pace and Maggie Thrett, unite against unfaithful Christopher Jones in the 1960s counterculture flick Three in the Attic, released by American International

The Delta Factor (1970)

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LEFT: With Christopher George in the crime drama The Delta Factor, shot mostly in Tennessee. RIGHT: Mimieux is menaced by Joseph Sirola

The Most Deadly Game (1970-1971 ABC TV Series)

George Maharis, Ralph Bellamy, and Yvette Mimieux

Mimieux starred alongside George Maharis and Ralph Bellamy in the ABC series The Most Deady Game

Skyjacked (1972)

Yvette Mimieux and Mike Henry

From the big-budget MGM disaster flick Skyjacked with Mike Henry

The Neptune Factor (1973)

Yvette Mimieux and Ben Gazzara

Mimieux stars alongside Ben Gazzara in the Canadian-made science fiction flick The Neptune Factor, released by 20th Century Fox

Jackson County Jail (1976)

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From the low-budget shocker Jackson County Jail, produced by Roger Corman's New World Pictures. Thsi cult favorite was shot for less than $500,000 and made more than five times that amount at the box office

Ransom for Alice! (1977)

Yvette Mimieux and Gil Gerard

With Gil Gerard in the NBC made-for-TV period thriller Ransom for Alice!

Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978)

Richard Crenna and Yvette Mimieux

From the CBS made-for-TV horror flick Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell with Richard Crenna. This film originally aired on Halloween in 1978

Forbidden Love (1982)

Yvette Mimieux and Andrew Stevens

With Andrew Stevens in the CBS made-for-TV romance Forbidden Love

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Mimieux married "A" list MGM musicals film director Stanley Donen, who is 18 years her senior, in 1972. The couple parted ways in 1985. She wrote the screenplay for her made-for-television film Hit Lady (1974; with Joseph Campanella and Clu Gulager) and wrote the original story for her starring role in the made-for-television film Obsessive Love (1984; with Simon MacCorkindale), for which she also served as co-producer. Following her December 1986 marriage to real estate mogul Howard Ruby, Mimieux retreated from her acting career, finally throwing in the towel in 1992 after more than 30 years as an actress. Today, Mimieux remains retired from the screen and tends to her business interests.

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Lady Boss (1992) with Kim Delaney, Jack Scalia, Vanity, and Scott Valentine
Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception (1990) with Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William R. Moses, Ian McShane, and Teresa Wright
The Fifth Missile (1986) with Robert Conrad, Sam Waterston, Richard Roundtree, and David Soul
Obsessive Love (1984) with Simon MacCorkindale, Kin Shriner, Lainie Kazan, and Robert DoQui
Night Partners (1983) with Diana Canova, M. Emmet Walsh, Patty McCormack, Patti Davis, Peter Brocco, and Larry Linville
Forbidden Love (1982) with Andrew Stevens and Dana Elcar
Circle of Power (1981) with Cindy Pickett and Denny Miller
The Black Hole (1979) with Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, and Ernest Borgnine
Disaster on the Coastliner (1979) with Lloyd Bridges, Raymond Burr, Robert Fuller, Pat Hingle, E.G. Marshall, and William Shatner
Outside Chance (1978) with Royce D. Applegate and Howard Hesseman
Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978) with Richard Crenna, Kim Richards, Ike Eisenmann, Victor Jory, Ken Kercheval, R.G. Armstrong, and Martine Beswick
Ransom for Alice! (1977) with Gil Gerard, Charles Napier, Gavin MacLeod, and Gene Barry
Snowbeast (1977) with Bo Svenson, Robert Logan, Clint Walker, and Sylvia Sidney
Bell, Book and Candle (1976) with Doris Roberts, Michael Murphy, Bridget Hanley, Susan Sullivan, and Edward Andrews
Jackson County Jail (1976) with Tommy Lee Jones, Howard Hesseman, and Robert Carradine
The Legend of Valentino (1975) with Franco Nero, Suzanne Pleshette, Judd Hirsch, Lesley Ann Warren, and Milton Berle
Journey Into Fear (1975) with Sam Waterston, Zero Mostel, Ian McShane, Joseph Wiseman, Shelley Winters, Donald Pleasence, and Vincent Price
Hit Lady (1974) with Joseph Campanella, Clu Gulager, Dack Rambo, and Keenan Wynn
The Neptune Factor (1973) with Ben Gazzara, Walter Pidgeon, and Ernest Borgnine
Skyjacked (1972) with Charlton Heston, James Brolin, Claude Akins, Jeanne Crain, Susan Dey, Roosevelt Grier, Mariette Hartley, Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Uggams, and Mike Henry
Black Noon (1971) with Roy Thinnes, Ray Milland, Gloria Grahame, Henry Silva, and Leif Garrett
Death Takes a Holiday (1971) with Monte Markham, Myrna Loy, Bert Convy, Melvyn Douglas, Kerwin Mathews, and Priscilla Pointer
The Delta Factor (1970) with Christopher George, Diane McBain, Ralph Taeger, Yvonne De Carlo, Ted de Corsia, and Rhodes Reason
The Picasso Summer (1969) with Albert Finney
Three in the Attic (1968) with Christopher Jones, Judy Pace, and John Beck
Dark of the Sun (1968) with Rod Taylor, Jim Brown, and Kenneth More
The Desperate Hours (1967) with Arthur Hill and George Segal
The Caper of the Golden Bulls (1967) with Stephen Boyd, Vito Scotti, Walter Slezak, Clifton James, and Leon Askin
Monkeys, Go Home! (1967) with Maurice Chevalier and Dean Jones
The Reward (1965) with Max von Sydow, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Gilbert Roland, and Henry Silva
Joy in the Morning (1965) with Richard Chamberlain, Arthur Kennedy, Oskar Homolka, Sidney Blackmer, Virginia Gregg, and Chris Noel
Toys in the Attic (1963) with Dean Martin, Geraldine Page, Wendy Hiller, and Gene Tierney
Diamond Head (1963) with Charlton Heston, George Chakiris, France Nuyen, and James Darren
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962) with Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, Walter Slezak, Barbara Eden, Russ Tamblyn, Oskar Homolka, Arnold Stang, and Martita Hunt
Light in the Piazza (1962) with Olivia de Havilland, Rossano Brazzi, George Hamilton, and Barry Sullivan
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1962) with Glenn Ford, Charles Boyer, Lee J. Cobb, Paul Henreid, and George Dolenz
Where the Boys Are (1960) with Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Jim Hutton, Barbara Nichols, Paula Prentiss, Frank Gorshin, and Connie Francis
The Time Machine (1960) with Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Sebastian Cabot, and Whit Bissell
Platinum High School (1960) with Mickey Rooney, Terry Moore, Dan Duryea, Conway Twitty, Warren Berlinger, Jimmy Boyd, Richard Jaeckel, and Elisha Cook Jr.

Berrenger's, 1985 NBC TV series. Mimieux portrayed Shane Bradley
The Most Deadly Game, 1970–1971 ABC TV series. Mimieux portrayed Vanessa Smith

The Love Boat, episode The Will/Deja Vu/The Prediction, originally aired March 22, 1986
Lime Street, episode Old Pilots Never Die, originally aired October 26, 1985
The Love Boat, episode Polly's Poker Palace/Shop Ahoy/Double Date/The Hong Kong Affair/Two Tails of a City: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired February 4, 1984
Dr. Kildare, episode Tyger, Tyger: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired January 16 and 23, 1964
Mr. Lucky, episode Stacked Deck, originally aired May 28, 1960
Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond, episode The Clown, originally aired March 22, 1960
Yancy Derringer, episode Collector's Item, originally aired March 26, 1959

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Watch Yvette Mimieux in a 1960 episode of One Step Beyond titled The Clown
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