Thursday, December 2, 2021
65.2 F
Fort Worth

Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in the 1960s, raised in Dallas, dies at 78

🕐 1 min read

NEW YORK (AP) — Yvonne Craig, who played the sexy, crime-fighting Batgirl in the 1960s TV hit “Batman,” has died. She was 78. She spent her teenage years in the Dallas area.

Craig died Monday at her Los Angeles home from complications from breast cancer, her family said.

She began her career as a ballet dancer, the youngest member of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, with which she toured for three years.

Then she was discovered by Hollywood, appearing in a 1958 episode of “Perry Mason” and in the 1959 feature “The Young Land.”

After that, she won dozens of roles in TV shows, as well as co-starring in two 1960s Elvis Presley films, “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and “Kissin’ Cousins.”

But she was best known as Batgirl (and her alter ego, librarian Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon’s daughter) in the 1967-68 season of ABC’s “Batman.” Another memorable TV role, from an episode of the original “Star Trek”: the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk.

Her many other TV appearances included “Dobie Gillis,” ”77 Sunset Strip,” ”Dr. Kildare,” ”The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” ”Mod Squad,” ”Love, American Style,” ”Kojak” and “The Six Million Dollar Man.”

In later years, Craig pursued various business ventures, but also did voiceover work, including the role of Grandma in the recent Nickelodeon cartoon series “Olivia.”

Related Articles

Our Digital Sponsors

Latest Articles

Fort Worth Business Press Logo
This advertisement will close in
00
Months
00
Days
00
Hours
00
Minutes
00
Seconds
seconds..
Click here to continue to Fort Worth Business Press

Not ready to subscribe?

Try a few articles on us.

Enter your email address and we will give you access to three articles a month, to give us a try. You also get an opportunity to receive our newsletter with stories of the day.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Get our email updates

Stay up-to-date with the issues, companies and people that matter most to business in the Fort Worth.

  • Restaurants
  • Technology
  • and more!

FWBP Morning Brief

FWBP 5@5

Weekend Newsletter

  • Banking & Finance
  • Culture
  • Real Estate