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Yvonne Craig, Batgirl on ’60s “Batman” TV Series, Dead at 78; a 30 Photo Tribute

Yvonne Craig

Actress Yvonne Craig, who is best known for playing Batgirl (and alter ego Barbara Gordon) on the third season of the ’60s Batman TV series, has died at the age of 78. The cause of death as reported by her nephew, via The Hollywood Reporter, was breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver.

In addition to her 26-episode run on Batman, Craig was known for twice playing opposite Elvis Presley — in It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) and Kissin’ Cousins (1964) — and a memorable guest appearance on Star Trek as an insane Orion slave girl. In her successful TV career she appeared on such series as Dobie Gillis, 77 Sunset Strip, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., My Favorite Martian, The Mod Squad, the Six Million Dollar Man, and Fantasy Island. She most recently voiced the grandmother on the children’s series Olivia.

Craig was trained as a ballerina, and joined up with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1950s, while still a teenager. She transitioned into acting, landing a major role in 1959’s The Young Land, opposite Patrick Wayne (son of actor John) after being discovered by Patrick Ford (son of director John). She dated Elvis Presley for a time, and on Batman, she did her own stunts, including riding Batgirl’s unusual motorcycle. While her Batgirl was intended as a wholesome role model for young women, other roles in Craig’s career capitalized on her sexiness — see the video clip below from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Craig also appeared with Adam West and Burt Ward in government PSA about the Federal Equal Pay Law.

At Yvonne Craig’s website, you can read her official obituary as well as a heartfelt statement from her family.

As a tribute to Craig, here are 30 or so classic photos, leading off with pictures of her in her iconic Batgirl costume.

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Barbara Gordon and Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl with Adam West as Batman

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig on Star Trek

Yvonne Craig with William Shatner on “Star Trek”

Yvonne Craig on Star Trek

Yvonne Craig on “Star Trek”

Yvonne Craig on Star Trek

Yvonne Craig on “Star Trek”

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig with Adam West

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig with Adam West

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig with Adam West

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig with Adam West and Leonard Nimoy

Yvonne Craig with Elvis

Yvonne Craig and Elvis Presley in “Kissin’ Cousins”

Yvonne Craig with Elvis

Yvonne Craig and Elvis Presley in “Kissin’ Cousins”

Yvonne Craig with Elvis

Yvonne Craig, Elvis Presley and Pam Austin in “Kissin’ Cousins”

Footage of a sexier Yvonne Craig from The Man From U.N.C.L.E.:

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

Yvonne Craig

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Published on: August 19, 2015

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6 Responses to Yvonne Craig, Batgirl on ’60s “Batman” TV Series, Dead at 78; a 30 Photo Tribute

  1. Brian48 says:

    Forever Batgirl. RIP.

  2. She was a beautiful young woman. I found her on Bat Man when I was young child. I always thought she was a cool girl. Did not know she played on Star Trek that my parents loved watching. And did not know she also had other leading roles. She will be missed but I will keep her forever in my mind as the Kick butt chick that took out the bad guys.

  3. abysum1 says:

    Will be always missed,but never forgotten

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