batgirl_cycle1Fans of popular mid-century television were saddened yesterday to learn of the death of YVONNE CRAIG, who lost her battle with breast cancer at the age of 78. Probably best known for her role as BATGIRL on the hugely successful BATMAN TV series, CRAIG also had highly visible roles in such series as THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., FANTASY ISLAND, THE MOD SQUAD and THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS as well her scene-stealing part as the ‘green slave girl’ intent on killing Capt. Kirk in the third season of STAR TREK.

Originally trained in classical ballet, CRAIG was spotted by director JOHN FORD’s son, PATRICK, and cast in THE YOUNG LAND opposite PATRICK WAYNE and DENNIS HOPPER. That led to roles in two ELVIS PRESLEY films (KISSIN’ COUSINS and IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD’S FAIR) and, from there, steady TV work followed.

While promoting her memoir FROM BALLET TO THE BATCAVE AND BEYOND in 2000, we had the pleasure of sitting down with CRAIG, who confessed that she was oblivious to her sex appeal in the ’60s and considered herself to be more brains than beauty. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

YVONNE CRAIG 1937 – 2015

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Posted By Bob Healy