Forced onto the streets in her 50s, Marie found "home" at a Santa Monica laundromat. Taking shelter there for 20 years, Mimi's passion for pink, and living without looking back, has taken her from homelessness to Hollywood's red carpets.
When you feel like a queen, even a laundromat can be a palace. Marie "Mimi" Haist defied her adulterous husband and moved onto the streets in her 50s, living in parking lots and doorways until finding her "home" one stormy night between rows of washers in a Californian laundromat. Encouraged to stay by a more than generous laundry owner, Mimi's 'the past is the past' philosophy endeared her to regular fluff and fold clients and, after more than 20 years, Mimi has made some unlikely friends, ranging from local loves to Hollywood A-listers Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger. Filmed over 5 years by barista/actor/director Yaniv Rokah while he worked at a cafe across the street, Queen Mimi is the story of an unlikely hero. Now 89, Mimi reminds us to never give in and never give up, and that if you ever find yourself in the gutter, to never stop looking at the stars.Written by
Best Documentary Award Winner - Manhattan Film Festival 2015 Best Director Award Winner - Yaniv Rokah - St. Tropez Film Festival 2015 Best Producer Award nominee - Elliot Kotek - St. Tropez Film Festival 2015 Best Editor Award nominee - Ally Garrett - St. Tropez Film Festival 2015 Closing Night Selection - Manhattan Film Festival 2015 Closing Night Selection - SF Docfest 2015 See more »
I happened to come across this documentary on Netflix a couple of hours ago & I am so very happy that I did! I enjoyed every second of the documentary & strongly recommend it to others, I hated to see it end! Considering I live completely across the United States from Mimi, I know I will never have the opportunity to meet this very special Lady in person, but I certainly would love to! I am grateful that I did get to see this documentary & learn of this incredible Woman's amazing journey!!! Although I'm quite sure there are things in her past that she is leaving in the past, probably to protect others from hurt & pain. I love her attitude, the past is over, it's gone, leave it there! I am grateful that she has been reunited with her daughter after so many years & has had the opportunity to meet her grandchildren. May God continue to Bless you Mimi as you enrich so many lives!
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