Dot Matrix Dies of Cerebral Aneurism

If, like me, you were stupid enough to have watched TV in the late ’70s, you saw Shields and Yarnell almost constantly. The husband-and-wife mime troupe of Robert Shields and Lorene Yarnell were a regular fixture on variety shows like The Tonight Show, The Muppet Show, Sonny & Cher, Red Skelton, etc. etc. etc. In fact, they appeared on more than 400 TV episodes during their run as Shields & Yarnell from ’72 to ’86, and also had their own short-lived variety show from ’77-’78. But the absolute feeding frenzy of Shields & Yarnell guest appearances, as I recall, was about ’78 to ’81; there was mime blood in the TV water. You’d see them and think, “Oh. I know those people.” They were the Charo of mime.

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