Real name: Yvette Mimieux
Birthdate: January 8, 1939
Partner: Howard Ruby
Yvette Carmen Mimieux (born January 8, 1942 in Los Angeles, California) is an actress with a French father and a Mexican mother. In 1960, she appeared in the hugely popular teen movie Where The Boys Are as well as George Pal's 1960 film version of H.G. Wells' classic 1895 novel, The Time Machine, co-starring Rod Taylor. The Time Machine was followed by The Light in the Piazza (1962) with Olivia de Havilland. In 1963, Mimieux appeared in Diamond Head and Toys in the Attic.
Mimieux appeared in a 1964 episode of Dr. Kildare entitled "Tyger Tyger" that proved one of the most memorable of the series, and was one of the highest rated shows of the year. She played an epileptic surfer girl whom Dr. Kildare falls in love with. She is forced to choose between abandoning surfing or risking death by following her passion despite the risk of having a seizure in the ocean.
Mimieux staged a brief comeback in the 1976 film Jackson County Jail, as a falsely imprisoned woman victimized by a sadistic guard and featuring a graphic nude rape scene. The movie eventually became a minor cult hit which spawned many imitators in the "women in prison" genre.
In later life, Mimieux co-starred in the first PG-rated Walt Disney Productions feature, The Black Hole. In 1984, she starred in Obsessive Love, a television movie about a female stalker, which she co-wrote and co-produced. Her last film, in 1992, was Lady Boss, with Joan Collins.
Aside from her acting career, she is also an anthropologist and a real estate investor. She was married to film director Stanley Donen from 1972 to 1985, and is currently married to Howard Ruby (1986-present), a founding partner and current Chairman of R & B Enterprises, (now named Oakwood Worldwide), parent company of Oakwood Apartments, the first and largest corporate housing provider in the world.