BIRTHDAY:June 11 GREW UP IN: Los Angeles area APPEARANCES: December 64 - February 66
MIMI MACHUis another of the brunetteGAZZARRIbeauties and like her friendJUNE WILSONshe went on to appear in several movies and TV shows afterHOLLYWOOD A GO-GOended production in early 1966. She was one of the original dancers on the show and only she and DeANN appeared on every episode. She was also heavily involved in the choreography for the show and created some very memorable routines such as the floor dance for Donnie Brooks "Can't Help Loving You". (episode # 9)
MIMIhas been misidentified by several web postersfor being none other thanBarbi Bentonwho was Hugh Hefner'sold girlfriend.The misidentificationwas further complicated byBarbi'sassociation with GAZZARRI'S nightclub.Barbiwon the MISS GAZZARRIdancing contest in 1968,however she never appeared onHOLLYWOOD A GO-GO. Although both are beautiful women, onlyMIMIwas aGAZZARRI DANCER. And a very good one at that!She is also sometimes mistaken forJUNEWILSON onHOLLYWOOD A GO-GOappearances.When asked back in her dancing days if she and JUNEwere sisters, they would reply,"We used to be, but now we're just friends!"
In late September 1965 MIMIbroke her ankle while dancing at THE TRIP nightclub. She slipped on KimFowley's scarf while they were both on the dancefloor and had to be taken to the local ER by a member of Buffalo Springfield, who were playing that night. When MIMInext appeared on HOLLYWOOD A GO-GO she would be seen interacting with SAMduring guest introductions or dancing in a stationary position. She was back in the normal dancing mix with the rest of the girls just before Christmas.
The early 1970's foundMIMIliving in Oregon, after which she returned to California to work for the next three decades. She was an assistant to Jim Frawley while he directed "The Muppet Movie", and she also rewrote the opening joke for the movie. It was also while MIMIwas working on this movie that she developed her interest in movie editing. She then got a job working with director Hal Ashby on several of his movies ("Being There", "Second Hand Hearts", "Looking To Get Out"). After freelancing for four years she worked on the TV show "Cheers" as an assistant editor at Paramount Studios. She then stayed on at Paramount for 22 years as a film editor in their syndication department.
During her distinguished career she traveled to many parts of the world, including Tahiti, Bali, Mexico, the Phillipines, Europe, Botswana, Tanzania, and Hawaii.
MIMIappeared in the movies under her real nameas well as the nameI.J. JEFFERSON. She appeared in two of her movies with her friendJUNE. We have a filmography belowwith all of her movies under both names.
These two color photos are from MIMI'Sappearance with Jack Nicholson in the 1968 movie "Psych-Out".
The photos above and below show MIMI as character Lady Pleasure and Monkee Mike Nesmith from the 1968 movie "Head".
And yet another photo from "Head" showing MIMIwith Mickey Dolenz.
The above photo is from episode # 12, "THE GURU" (December 1968), of the "Mod Squad" and shows MIMIacting under the name I.J. JEFFERSON. Also in the photo are series stars MichaelCole, Clarence Williams III, and Peggy Lipton. Peggycoincidentally was in the same high school class as DALE VANN at HOLLYWOOD PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL where they graduated together in 1965.