Lorene Yarnell, who with partner Robert Shields, starred in CBS series “Shields and Yarnell,” died July 29 of a brain aneurysm in Sandefjord, Norway. She was 66.
Yarnell was a dancer on “The Carol Burnett Show” and later partnered with mime Shields, to whom she was married for a while. Shields was a mime who taught Yarnell to mime, while she instructed him in dance.
Together they appeared on the smallscreen in “The Dean Martin Show,” “The Mac Davis Show” and were regulars on “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour.” That led to their own short-lived skein on the Eye net, “Shields and Yarnell.” The variety show included mimes, dances and a comedy sketch where they played a pair of robots called the Clinkers. Unfortunately the summer skein was skedded in the same timeslot as ABC’s “Laverne and Shirley” where it lost the ratings battle and was canceled after two months.
The duo, who met on the Sid and Marty Krofft TV spesh “Fol de Rol” in 1972 and wed that same year, continued to appear in other TV shows and commercials even after they divorced, until 2009. In 1987, she appeared in Mel Brooks’ spoof “Spaceballs” as Dot Matrix, voiced by Joan Rivers.
In later years Yarnell moved to Norway where she set up a dance studio.
Survivors include her husband, Bjorn Jansson; and a brother.