The most interesting people we met this year

From a camel cowboy to a woman living in a laundromat, 2016 was full of surprises.

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Mimi (left) takes a break from filming with director Yaniv Rokah. Mimi (left) takes a break from filming with director Yaniv Rokah. (Photo: Jennifer Renée)

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Marie Haist

Meet Marie Haist, an octogenarian homeless woman who lived in a Santa Monica laundromat for 18 years where she became a neighborhood fixture. Eventually, Hollywood heavyweights Renee Zellweger and Zach Galifianakis helped her move into her own apartment. Her incredible Cinderella-style story was told in the documentary "Queen Mimi" this year. “She makes me look forward to aging," said the much younger director Yaniv Rokah. "It’s about attitude and perspective if you focus on being happy. I never intended to make this film, but the story found me to tell the gospel of Mimi: be happy, have fun and respect other people. I’m very grateful to be on this journey with Mimi and everything that’s happened to me.”

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