Yardena went from soldier to Addams Family guest star

She said not even being on a battlefield was scarier than her stage fright performing on the kooky show.

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In 1965, Gomez Addams was unpredictably placed between two women in an episode called "Morticia’s Dilemma."

Critics at the time said, though Jones was marvelous as ever as Morticia, many scenes in this episode were stolen by guest star Yardena, a previously unknown Israeli actor who played Morticia’s rival for Gomez’s heart.

The plot found a wealthy Spanish father dropping in on The Addams Family to follow through on a decades-old promise that Gomez would marry his daughter Consuella.

As Consuella, Yardena’s funniest scenes might have been with the flamenco dancer that Morticia hires to woo her away from wanting to marry Gomez.

To audiences, Yardena was a new face. She’d never acted before, mainly because she’d spent the previous eight years on the battlefields as a soldier in the Israeli army.

Once she was released from service, she nervously accepted the role on The Addams Family, admitting to The Courier-Journal in 1965 that she "got scared when she was offered a job in Hollywood."

Luckily, her stage fright didn’t stop her from giving a marvelous performance, proving she’s made of soldier stuff, easily conquering her fears.

Not much is known about Yardena, as she only ever acted in one other role after The Addams Family. Her final onscreen appearance was on the short-lived series Mona McCluskey in 1965.

But The Courier-Journal notes that she was named for the Jordan River, and at the time she was acting, she was married in the real world to a real estate broker (not pining for Gomez to fulfill his fictitious obligations).

After 1965, Yardena stepped right back out of the spotlight. All we have to remember her by are TV critics praising her brief flash of genius on The Addams Family, proclaiming she made "Morticia’s Dilemma" one of the most entertaining episodes of all time.

But don’t worry, Jones could never be completely overshadowed.

At one point in the episode, Morticia relieves some tension by snapping Gomez’s cigar out of his mouth using a bullwhip.

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eddiecantorfan 27 months ago
My favorite character on The Addams Family was Uncle Fester and my favorite character on The Munsters was Grandpa .
eddiecantorfan 27 months ago
Milton The Monster was as good as
The Addams Family and The Munsters. Does anyone else remember Milton The Monster
Cartoons maybe on ABC a long
time ago .
Was there ever a cartoon version of The Addams Family?
The Addams Family movies are
also fun to watch.
genie12 27 months ago
I always liked Wednesday Addams.
eddiecantorfan genie12 27 months ago
I'm a fan of actress TUESDAY WELD who played Thailia on
David 27 months ago
Munsters BY FAR the better show . . .
LoveMETV22 27 months ago
The Information on Yardena appears correct " Not much is known about Yardena, as she only ever acted in one other role." She may have had other roles just not in American Film or TV.
The IMDb profile for that episode "Morticia’s Dilemma," has two actors listed
Carlos Rivas as Señor Cardona and Anthony Caruso as Don Xavier Molinas. Not sure which gentleman that is in the picture looking up at Lurch. Anthony Caruso though has appeared in several MeTV Series.
Runeshaper 27 months ago
Yardena sounds like quite the woman, in both real life and on the screen!
Catman 27 months ago
There is not much information I can find about Yardena, even on the Addams Family fan wiki. IMDB doesn't have anything that isn't in the article, except that she appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. I haven't found the specific date she was on.
Off topic a bit: Of all the people who appeared on that show, including Johnny, one performer appeared over 9000 times. Should be easy enough to guess, but a hint is that it wasn't Johnny, who chalked up around 8100 shows.
Yeah, you guessed it.
justjeff Catman 27 months ago
Ed McMahon?
LoveMETV22 Catman 27 months ago
Yes although Johnny was not in every show, Good old Ed McMahon had an impressive 9529 episodes as Announcer. Lots of good Guest hosts too. The show had a great span for 30 years. They were doing something right.
Catman justjeff 27 months ago
Yes, it was the big guy. Amazing attendance record, to say the least.
justjeff Catman 27 months ago
BarnabyMannix Catman 27 months ago
Frank Stallone?
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