1960s Hollywood “It” girl Yvette Mimieux died on Monday night at her home in Los Angeles. She was 80.
Her death was confirmed by Michelle Bega, a family spokeswoman. She did not specify a cause.
Mimieux made a splash in Hollywood on the science fiction film, The Time Machine in 1960, alongside star Rod Taylor. She starred in the teenage drama Where the Boys Are, also from 1960.
She went on to play in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1962, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm 1962, Toys In The Attic 1963, Monkeys, Go Home! 1967, Skyjacked 1972, Jackson County Jail 1976, Circle Of Power 1981.
Besides film roles, Mimieux had a sporadic television career with roles in Dr. Kildare 1964, The Most Deadly Game 1970, The Love Boat 1984, Berrenger’s 1985, and several others.
She had a nice array of film and TV roles in genre output aside from The Time Machine such as Journey Into Fear 1975, The Black Hole 1979, One Step Beyond TV Series 1960, Snowbeast TV Movie 1977, Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell TV Movie 1978.
Yvette Carmen Mimieux was born on Jan. 8, 1942, in Los Angeles, although some sources say 1939. Her father, René Mimieux, who often worked as a movie extra and electrician, was French; her mother, Maria (Montemayor) Mimieux, was Mexican.
Ms. Mimieux was discovered as a teenager by a Hollywood publicist, Jim Byron. He told the story in a syndicated Associated Press article, claiming that he was in a helicopter when he spotted her horseback riding with a friend. The way he remembered it, he landed and gave her his card.
Source: The New York Times