Batgirl - Yvonne Craig
1937 - 2015
Famed Screen Batgirl from the original Batman TV Show
Yvonne Craig has died
Aug 19, 2015
The original female superhero onscreen
"Before Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman, before Joanna Cameron's Isis, before Scarlett Johannsson's Black Widow, Yvonne Craig was a pioneer of female superheroes on screen.
As an actress, she originated the role of Batgirl in the 1960s "Batman" television series. As a trained dancer, she did her own stunts.
Craig died this week after a long two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 78."
"An obituary has been posted on the actress’s website, as well as a statement from her family. According to her obituary, Craig had been battling breast cancer for more than two years. Her cause of death was complications from the disease that had metastasized to her liver. She passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades, California, under hospice care. “She had been in chemo almost continuously for the past two-plus years since being diagnosed and that had weakened her immune system as well as her body,” read part of her family’s statement. “This didn’t dampen her sense of humor or her spirit, she intended to fight and win this battle. In the end, her mind still wanted to fight, but her body had given up.” Craig joined the popular ABC TV series “Batman” during its third season as Commissioner Gordon’s daughter, Barbara – who moonlighted unbeknownst to everyone (even Batman and Robin) as Batgirl. Despite the infusion of Craig’s female-empowerment character, the series was canceled after that season."
"Yvonne Craig, most famous for playing Batgirl on the 1960s Batman TV show, died on Monday from breast cancer that had spread to her liver, her family announced late Tuesday. She was 78. Along with her iconic role fighting villains alongside Adam West's Batman, Craig had parts in several other '60s and '70s TV shows, including Star Trek, Dobie Gillis, My Three Sons, Perry Mason, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mod Squad, Starsky and Hutch, and Fantasy Island. She also starred with Elvis Presley in It Happened at the World's Fair and Kissin' Cousins. Craig started her career as a ballet dancer, and ended as a real estate broker, businesswoman, and advocate for free mammograms. "I hear from women that I was their role model," she said earlier this year. A common accolade: "When I was a little girl, I realized that girls could kick butt just like guys.""
Yvonne Craig - 1968
Yvonne Craig: Batgirl tie-in merchandise coming
From the Yvonne Craig web site:
Hey Bat Fans!
To all of you who’ve been asking: I'm pleased to announce that I’ve just signed a licensing agreement with Warner Brothers. So expect to see Batgirl toys etc. on the market in the very near future. I look forward to seeing what they make.
Best Bat Wishes!
Yvonne Joyce Craig was trained at the Denham's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo for a career as a professional dancer, but switched to movies in 1959 while living in Los Angeles. She appeared in Gidget (1959) and The Gene Krupa Story (1959).
Craig also appeared in two Elvis Presley pictures, It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) and Kissin' Cousins (1964) (still photos below from Kissin' Cousins).
She also appeared on many other TV Series, such as Star Trek, Perry Mason, Big Valley, Kojak, Emergency, Starskey and Hutch, Fantasy Island and The Six Million Dollar Man (among others). Her most recent screen credit is as the grandmother on the TV program Olivia.
She published an autobiography in 2000 titled From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond (amazon.com).
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Original page Oct 2013 | Updated Aug 2015