'The Time Machine' starlet
Yvette Mimieux dies at 80

Yvette Mimieux, the blond and blue-eyed star of "Where the Boys Are," "The Time Machine," and "Light in the Piazza" in the 1960s, has passed away.

Mimieux died in her sleep of natural causes late Monday evening at her home in Los Angeles, according to a family representative, Michelle Bega.

Mimieux co-starred with Rod Taylor as Weena in the 1960 film "The Time Machine," which was based on H.G. Wells' 1895 novel.

Mimieux rose to fame in the 1960s as a result of that role and those that followed.

She also featured as one of four college students on spring vacation in Florida in the MGM adolescent film "Where the Boys Are" the same year.

After being sexually abused at a hotel, her character wanders despondently into traffic.

In 1979, she told the Washington Post, "I believe I had a spiritual charm." "I was frequently cast as a wounded character, the'sensitive' part."

She was "found" at the age of 15 when publicist Jim Byron noticed her on the bridle path while flying over the Hollywood Hills in a helicopter.

Byron told The Associated Press in 1961, "The delicate approach is the idea." "I believe we're dealing with another Garbo."