John Anderson Shares His Memories of Batgirl
Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl, died Monday at age 78. She had breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver.
Batman ran on TV originally from 1966-68. Even in 1968, I was only 6, so I don't remember much now of what I thought of her then. But I remember watching reruns when I was a teenager, and thought like most guys my age how attractive she was, and her being more attractive in her Bat Girl outfit then she was in her "Barbara Gordon" clothes. I thought she was a good addition to the show as the original cast of good guys and bad guys I thought had become a little stale.
I will also remember her from an episode of Star Trek as well where she played a green, crazy, Orion woman who was wanting to kill Captain Kirk.
Thanks for your contributions to entertainment, Yvonne, and R.I.P.
Here is part of her official obituary:
Yvonne Craig, May 16, 1937 – August 17, 2015
Yvonne Craig began her theatrical career as the youngest member of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and toured for three years when she was accidentally discovered by John Ford’s son Patrick and cast for the lead in the movie The Young Land.
This was quickly followed by many years of film and television, including two movies with Elvis Presley (It Happened at the World’s Fair and Kissin Cousins). However, she is probably best known for originating the role as Batgirl in the 1966 TV series of Batman, or for her character “Marta” from the third season of Star Trek in the episode "Whom Gods Destroy" where she played the well-remembered insane green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk.
Over a span of years she appeared as a guest star in many television series, including The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Six Million Dollar Man, Land of the Giants, Mod Squad, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Love American Style, Emergency and Courtship of Eddie’s Father, just to name a few, and worked opposite Bing Crosby, Sal Mineo, Don Knotts, George Hamilton, Dwayne Hickman, Dennis Hopper as well as Elvis Presley and James Coburn.
Her next career was that of a real estate broker where she was involved not only in commercial real estate, but also residential income properties for a period of years and still held a real estate license.
In 2000, Craig wrote a book of anecdotal memoirs, From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond, which covered some of her years in the ballet and her theatrical career.
She actively did voiceover work, including voicing the role of Grandma in the 2009 Olivia cartoon series for Nickelodeon, and she was recently executive producer for the documentary feature film BIRTH.