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Batgirl - Yvonne Craig

1937 - 2015

Famed Screen Batgirl from the original Batman TV Show

Yvonne Craig has died

Yvonne Craig Batgirl

Aug 19, 2015

The original female superhero onscreen

Yvonne Craig who, as Batgirl, was a pioneer of female superheroes passes away - CNN

"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."

Yvonne Craig stars at Batgirl in classic 1966 - UK Daily Mail

Batgirl Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig, TV’s Original Batgirl, Dies at 78 - Wall Street Journal

"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."

Batgirl Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig, TV's Batgirl, is dead at 78 - The Week

"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.""

Batgirl - Yvonne Craig

By Yvonne Craig - From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond - amazon.com

Yvonne Craig - 1968

Yvonne Craig 1968 - Batman TV Show

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Yvonne Craig: Batgirl tie-in merchandise coming

Yvonne Craig Batgirl

October 2013

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).

Kissin Cousins - Yvonne Craig with Elvis

Kissin Cousins Yvonne Craig - Elvis movie

In 1966 she bagan a run in the Batman TV show as Commissioner Gordon's daughter Barbara Gordon, who is really Batgirl.

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).

Book Yvonne Craig Batgirl - Ballet to Batcave

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Batman Adam West and Yvonne Craig by Batmobile

Batman TV Show 1966 & Feature Film

Batman 1966 TV Series

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Large Yvonne Craig Batgirl on Batcycle

Lee Meriwether - Catwoman

Large Lee Meriwether Catwoman

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Yvonne Craig - Batgirl

Yvonne Craig Batgirl with Adam West

The first Batgirl suit Yvonne Craig used had "pointy" facemask corners that were trimmed and rounded after the test pilot shoot (she said they hurt her face and left marks on her cheeks).

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Yvonne Craig suiting up for Batgirl on Batman 1966

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