• Yvette Mimieux was an American actress, receiving 3 Golden Globe Award nominations during her career.
• She began her career in 1959 with a contract from MGM Studios and received her first film role in 1960.
• She appeared in a variety of films and TV shows before retiring from acting in 199•
• She owned a resort in Mexico with her third husband and had a net worth estimated at $5 million.
• She was 5 feet 5 inches tall, with blonde hair, blue eyes, and a vital statistics of 33-24-33.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$5 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 8, 1942
SpouseHoward Ruby (m. 1986), Stanley Donen (m. 1972–1985)
FactIs also an anthropologist; and a very successful business woman, particularly in real estate.

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 8 January 1942. Her father was Frenchman René Mimieux and her mother, Maria Montemayor, was of Mexican heritage. Yvette has two siblings – a brother whose name is not known and a sister named Gloria. It is assumed that Yvette had a normal childhood, but no details are known about how she grew up.

Yvette Mimieux

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Educational background

About Yvette’s education, nothing is known, but she lived within shouting distance of Hollywood, and was a model and beauty contest winner before she signed a contract with MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc) in 1959, aged 17, skipping college.


Her career actually kicked-off in 1958, but her appearances went uncredited until the following year, with television roles in shows such as ‘One Step Beyond’ and ‘Yancy Derringer’. In 1960, Yvette got her first taste of film acting, in ‘Platinum High School’, which was produced by Albert Zugsmith, then got the role of Weena in ‘The Time Machine’, the film based on H. G. Wells’s 1895 novel of the same name, which helped to “put her on the map”.

Next, she starred in the teen comedy ‘Where the Boys Are’, another film in which she got to show off with her acting prowess. The film itself was not a very big success, but it still helped Yvette to scoop up new and exciting roles, building her career. In 1961, the blonde rising star was given a role in ‘Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’, but that film wasn’t a success either, and she wasn’t helped when set to be part of a remake of ‘The Clock’, but which never happened.

In 1962 Yvette had the central role of a mentally disabled girl in ‘Light at the Piazza’, starring next to George Hamilton and Olivia de Havilland, and while the film didn’t do well, she was still admired by many.

She had roles in various films after this, 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. During her contract with MGM, Yvette was a guest star in two episodes of ‘Dr Kildare’ – her performance as a woman suffering from epilepsy was acclaimed by viewers, coincidentally she was also the first person to show her navel 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’, in which Yvette played Richard Chamberlain’s love interest. After leaving MGM, her career didn’t come to a stop, as she worked on a Western film by Fox, ‘The Reward’ with Max Von Sydow in 1965.

Then she 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’, then in 1968 she worked with MGM again, this time with Rod Taylor in the action film, ‘Dark of the Sun’. Yvette showed off her narrative skills with the Hollywood Bowl’s classical music concert. She also starred in the 1969 film, ‘Three in the Attic’, and in the same year in the acclaimed film, ‘The Picasso Summer’ with Albert Finney.

The following year, Yvette was the female star of the action film, ‘The Delta Factor’, then had a leading role in the Aaron Spelling TV series aired between 1970 and 1971, ‘The Most Deadly Game’.

Yvette Mimieux

It was at this time that she also had a business selling Haitian products, while also studying archaeology, often travelling and certainly a very busy woman. That wasn’t the end of her acting career, however, as Yvette starred in television films ‘Death Takes a Holiday’ and ‘Black Noon’. The next year, she was back on screen, this time as an air hostess in ‘Skyjacked’ and in 1973, she starred in Fox’s science-fiction film, ‘The Neptune Factor’.

However, at this time she became disenchanted with the roles offered to her and other female actors. She was quoted as saying that there is nothing complex about the female characters of films – they’re either boring or sex objects.

She even sued her agent after she claimed he took her money but didn’t provide her with film work. By then, she had been writing for many years – short stories and journalism pieces. She also wrote a thriller that was submitted by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg to ABC, and was made into a television film – ‘Hit Lady’ – in 1974.

In 1975 she continued her acting career, playing the second wife of Rudolph Valentino 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 Walt Disney Productions’ film, ‘The Black Hole’, and was the lead actor in ‘Circle of Power’ in 1981. She was also in ‘Forbidden Love’, ‘Night Partners’ and ‘The Love Boat’ between 1982 and 1983.

‘Obsessive Love’ is a 1984 film that she co-wrote, co-produced, as well as co-starred in. Then she had a lead role in the short-lived television series “Berrenger’s’ and a supporting role in ‘The Fifth Missile’. Yvette was also a guest star in TV film ‘Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception’ and 1992’s ‘Lady Boss’, which was her last film. She retired from acting in this year. According to ‘Rotten Tomatoes’, Yvette dedicated most of her time to her husband from 1972, but she still built on her career.

Hobbies, favourite things and interesting facts

Yvette loved keeping busy with her writing, dancing and musical passions. She was a well-rounded woman with many interests outside acting. With her third husband, Howard Ruby, she owned a resort in Mexico which many celebrities visited to relax and have vacations.


Yvette kept her private life something that people guessed about for the most part. Her first marriage, to Evan Engber, was actually a secret for almost two years. They married on 19 December in 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’re apparently still together.

Physical characteristics

  • Hair colour: Blonde
  • Eye colour: Blue
  • Height: 5 feet 5inches (1.63 m)
  • Weight: 119 lbs (54 kgs)
  • Vital Statistics: 33-24-33
  • Shoe Size: Unknown
  • Bra Size: 36B
  • Star Sign: Capricorn

Net worth

Yvette’s net worth is estimated to be something around $5 million, accumulated from acting as well as her business ventures.

General Info

Full NameYvette Mimieux
Net Worth$5 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 8, 1942
Height1.63 m
ProfessionActor, Businessperson, Anthropologist


SpouseHoward Ruby (m. 1986), Stanley Donen (m. 1972–1985)


NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star - Female
MoviesThe Time Machine, Where the Boys Are, Light in the Piazza, The Black Hole, Dark of the Sun, Diamond Head, Skyjacked, Toys in the Attic, Joy in the Morning, Three in the Attic, Jackson County Jail, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, The Neptune Factor, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Snowbea...
TV ShowsThe Love Boat, Berrenger's, The Most Deadly Game, Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond

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1Ms Mimieux and her husband own the resort located at beachhacienda.com. in Mexico. Many celebrities vacation there. Mr. Ruby is world famous for his National Geographic photographs, especially of polar bears.
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3Actress/Supermodel/Singer Yvette Rachelle was named after her.
4Yvette Mimieux was born in Los Angeles to a French father and a Mexican mother.
5Is also an anthropologist; and a very successful business woman, particularly in real estate.




Lady Boss1992TV MovieDeena Swanson
Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception1990TV MovieDanielle Altmann
The Love Boat1984-1986TV SeriesLeni Martek
The Fifth Missile1986TV MovieCheryl Leary
The Fascination1985
Lime Street1985TV SeriesAva Menar
Berrenger's1985TV SeriesShane Bradley
Obsessive Love1984TV MovieLinda Foster
Night Partners1983TV MovieElizabeth McGuire
Forbidden Love1982TV MovieJoanna Bittan
Circle of Power1981Bianca Ray
The Black Hole1979Dr. Kate McCrae
Disaster on the Coastliner1979TV MoviePaula Harvey
Outside Chance1978TV MovieDinah Hunter
Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell1978TV MovieBetty Barry
Ransom for Alice!1977TV MovieJenny Cullen
Snowbeast1977TV MovieEllen Seberg
Bell, Book and Candle1976TV MovieGillian Holroyd
Jackson County Jail1976Dinah Hunter
The Legend of Valentino1975TV MovieNatacha Rambova
Journey Into Fear1975Josette
Hit Lady1974TV MovieAngela de Vries
The Neptune Factor1973Dr. Leah Jansen
Skyjacked1972Angela Thacher
Black Noon1971TV MovieDeliverance
Death Takes a Holiday1971TV MoviePeggy Chapman
The Most Deadly Game1970-1971TV SeriesVanessa Smith
The Delta Factor1970Kim Stacy
The Picasso Summer1969Alice Smith
Three in the Attic1968Tobey Clinton
Dark of the Sun1968Claire
The Desperate Hours1967TV MovieCindy Hilliard
The Caper of the Golden Bulls1967Grace Harvey
Monkeys, Go Home!1967Maria Riserau
The Reward1965Sylvia
Joy in the Morning1965Annie Brown née McGairy
Looking for Love1964Yvette Mimieux
Dr. Kildare1964TV SeriesPat Holmes
Toys in the Attic1963Lily Berniers
Diamond Head1962Sloane Howland
The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm1962The Princess ('The Dancing Princess')
Light in the Piazza1962Clara Johnson
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse1962Chi Chi Desnoyers
Where the Boys Are1960Melanie Tolman
Mr. Lucky1960TV SeriesMargot
The Time Machine1960Weena
Platinum High School1960Lorinda Nibley
One Step Beyond1960TV SeriesNonnie Regan
Yancy Derringer1959TV SeriesRicky
A Certain Smile1958uncredited


Obsessive Love1984TV Movie story
Hit Lady1974TV Movie


Obsessive Love1984TV Movie co-producer


The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal1985DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Hour Magazine1983TV SeriesHerself
All-Star Salute to Mother's Day1981TV SpecialHerself
The Don Lane Show1980TV SeriesHerself
Omnibus1980TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1974-1980TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Good Morning America1979TV SeriesHerself
The David Frost Show1970-1972TV SeriesHerself
The Dick Cavett Show1970TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 38th Annual Academy Awards1966TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Sound Effects
Arthur Freed's Hollywood Melody1962TV MovieHerself
Here's Hollywood1960TV SeriesHerself
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV SpecialHerself - Performer
The Bob Hope Show1959TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel2011DocumentaryDinah Hunter (uncredited)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1970TV SeriesMaria Riserau
Lionpower from MGM1967ShortClaire (uncredited)
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryActress 'Diamondhead' (uncredited)


Nominated Awards

1971Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Actress - DramaThe Most Deadly Game (1970)
1965Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Star - FemaleDr. Kildare (1961)
1960Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemalePlatinum High School (1960)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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