Batgirl Actress Yvonne Craig Dies At Age 78 [VIDEO]

Yvonne Craig, best known for playing Batgirl in the campy 60s series Batman, has died of breast cancer at the age of 78.

“In the end, her mind still wanted to fight but her body had given up,” her family said in a statement. A trained dancer, she began her career at The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and used those skills to perform her own stunts alongside Adam West’s Batman. Craig also played Martha, the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk, in the third season of Star Trek. And she starred in two movies opposite Elvis Presley – It Happened at the World’s Fair and Kissin’ Cousins. But it was her performance as librarian Barbara Gordon, who secretly moonlights as Batgirl, that defined her career. She joined the TV show in its third and final series in 1967, thwacking and kapow-ing Gotham’s bad guys alongside Batman and Robin. The show is still seen around the world today, something which came as a surprise to the actress in her later years.

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  • Michael Abbett

    My husband gives me endless grief because Batgirl has always been my favorite superhero, tells me she has no powers and is just a sidekick. But man, did I love Yvonne Craig in that role when I was a kid.

    • JT

      Batman has no powers either.

      • Michael Abbett

        He’s more into the X-Men type of powers. He says all the Batman characters have is technology. I’d take one of her Vegas fan kick battles any day.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      You tell him she was not a sidekick! That’s Robin. Batgirl is a hero who lifted the motif of Batman!

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      • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

        Awesome!

    • Blobby

      Grief? She was GREAT! I loved her.

  • Kevin Perez

    What what what? Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo? I love them!!

    • RudigerVT

      LOL, the Trocks are (were?) a knowing love letter to the whole world of ballet, and those guys could DANCE.

      This was their inspiration, and the company literally redefined ballet.

  • Todd20036

    Breast cancer is no joke. My mother had it, but they got it in time… by taking off a breast.

    • JT

      No, it’s not. Others have to have a double mastectomy and then the rigors of chemotherapy.

    • Mine too.

  • rextrek1

    another childhood memory gone 🙁 who didn’t love Batgirl…..her make-up area turned into secret door so she could slide down the pole and become BATGIRL!!

  • RudigerVT

    What a versatile entertainer. I’d forgotten about that Star Trek episode. Terrific

    If you’ve not seen it, there is a wonderful documentary about the Ballets Russes:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmwTl1GSUFE

  • BeaverTales

    Cancer sucks. That. Is. All.

  • 2karmanot

    The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo…now, that’s impressive. One of the world’s most accomplished ballerinas Mia Slavenska was in that troop.

  • JCF

    F#cking breast cancer! >:-0 Fly on, BatGirl…