Monday, May 23, 2022

1960s star Yvette Mimier dies at 80

NEW YORK (AP) — Yvette Mimieux, the blonde-haired, blue-eyed 1960s movie star who starred in Where the Boys Are, The Time Machine and Lights in the Square, has died. She was 80.

Michelle Bega, a spokesman for the family, said Mimie died in her sleep of natural causes Monday night at her home in Los Angeles.

In the 1960s film The Time Machine, based on the 1895 novel by H.G. Wells, Mimieux starred with Rod Taylor as Weena, a peaceful, fair-haired Eloi of the year 800,000, unaware that they are farming underground morlocks.

This role, and others that soon followed, made Mimieux one of the hottest starlets of the 60s. That same year, she also starred in the MGM teen film Where the Boys Are as one of four college students on spring break in Florida. Her character, distraught after being sexually assaulted at a motel, goes into traffic in dejection.

“I suppose I had soul qualities,” she told the Washington Post in 1979. “I was often played in the role of a wounded person, a “sensitive” role.”

“It’s all about subtlety,” Byron told The AP in 1961. “I think we have another Garbo in our hands.”

And for several years, Mimieux was ubiquitous. Life magazine featured her on the cover with the headline: “Warmly brooding starlet.” She starred in eight films before she turned 21.

In 1962, Mimier appeared in four films, including Vincent Minnelli’s Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Guy Greene’s Light in the Square. In the latter, she played the beautiful mentally retarded daughter of Olivia de Havilland. During a trip to Italy, Clara, Mimier’s character, is stalked in Florence by a young Italian, played by George Hamilton.

Mimieux played a bride in Toys in the Attic (1963), a surfer with epilepsy in Dr. Wilson. Kildare (1964) and the bride in Morning Joy (1965). She has been nominated for three Golden Globes, including for her role in Aaron Spelling’s short-lived ABC series The Deadliest Game. In the 70s and 80s, she increasingly appeared in television films, some of which she helped write.

“The network felt that people would not believe me as this woman. They told me, “She’s a loner and she shouldn’t be attractive,” Mimier told The New York Times in 1984. life?'”

Mimieux said television was never her “love affair” with cinema. But she complained about the kinds of roles she was offered and the one-dimensional type of women that were written. (One of her last notable films was the 1979 Disney film Pitch Black.) So, Mimier retired from show business when she was in her late 40s. Her interests, including archeology, painting, and travel, always went beyond glory. Behind the scenes, Mimier was much more than just the naive beauty for which she was ranked.

“I decided I didn’t want to lead a completely public life,” she told the Post. “When fanzines wanted to take pictures of me making sandwiches for my husband, I refused.

“You know, there are tribes in Africa who believe that the camera steals a small part of your soul, and in a way I think that is true when you live your private life in public. It takes something away from your relationship, it devalues ​​it.”

Mimier first married Evan Harland Engber in 1959 and later divorced. She was married to film director Stanley Donen from 1972 to 1985. In 1986, she married real estate mogul Howard F. Ruby. She was survived by Ruby and numerous adopted children.

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