American television and film actress, Yvette Mimieux, who is best known for her performance in iconic films like “The Time Machine” and “The Black Hole” has died on Monday, 17th January. She was 80.
Michelle Bega, her family representative confirmed that she died “peacefully” in her sleep of natural causes.
Mimieux, the three Golden Globe Awards nominee has more than 36 years of professional experience as an actress who featured in many super hit movies like “Where the Boys Are,” “The Time Machine,” “Light in the Piazza,” “Toys in the Attic”, “Dark of the Sun” and “The Picasso Summer”.
Yvette Mimieux, ‘The Time Machine’ and ‘The Black Hole’ actress dies
Noted Author Jason Cochran tweeted, “Yvette Mimieux is just the latest random celebrity that died a day or two after they popped into my head. I even looked up her Wikipedia page last weekend. It keeps happening. I’m going to sit very still now.”
Yvette Mimieux is just the latest random celebrity that died a day or two after they popped into my head. I even looked up her Wikipedia page last weekend. It keeps happening.
I’m going to sit very still now.
— Jason Cochran (@JasCochran) January 19, 2022
Yvette Carmen Mimieux was born in Los Angeles in the year 1942. Her father, René Mimieux, immigrated from France and her mother, Maria Montemayor, was from Mexico. Mimieux made her debut in episodes of the TV shows “Yancy Derringer” and “One Step Beyond.”
She joined dancing and singing classes and also used to act in plays for a local theater. In 1959, American media company MGM signed a seven-year contract with her.
Mimieux first married Evan Harland Engber, a UCLA psychology major in the year 1959. She kept her marriage secret for more than two years and later divorced him.
She then married director Charade Stanley Donen in the year 1972 and again divorced him in 1985. Next year she married Howard Ruby, chairman emeritus and founder of Oakwood Worldwide in 1986.
She gained prominence in the year 1958 for her role in “The Time Machine” opposite Rod Taylor. She then appeared in many other hit films like “Where The Boys Are” in the year 1960 and “Light in the Piazza” in the year 1962.
After she married Ruby, she put her career on hold however she returned to the screen once again in Jackie Collins NBC miniseries “Lady Boss” in the year 1992.
Fans have flooded social media with tributes and condolence messages.
One fan tweeted, “RIP Yvette Mimieux. Light in the Piazza is a film I revisit often. Her and Olivia de Havilland are one of the sweetest mother and daughter pairs on film. She was also memorable in Where the Boys Are, The Time Machine, and Toys in the Attic. A special star to me.”
RIP Yvette Mimieux. Light in the Piazza is a film I revisit often. Her and Olivia de Havilland are one of the sweetest mother and daughter pairs on film. She was also memorable in Where the Boys Are, The Time Machine and Toys in the Attic. A special star to me. ❤️ #TCMParty pic.twitter.com/E4jp1XDzYv
— TCMFan2009 (@Fan2009Tcm) January 19, 2022
Yvette Mimieux (1942-2022)
The actress Yvette Mimieux, who starred as Olivia's (de Havilland) daughter in the 1962 film LIGHT AT THE PIAZZA, has died. Mimieux had turned 80 earlier this month. pic.twitter.com/Qv7eB3MwFp
— Vincent Lanon (@vlanon) January 19, 2022
She is survived by Howard Ruby and her two siblings – Edouard Mimieux and Gloria Montemayor along with stepchildren Steven Ruby, Michael Ruby, Donna Hill, Josh Donen, and Mark Donen.
While she was alive, Mimieux used to keep things related to her personal life very private. It will remain the same after her death as well and there won’t be a memorial service.