Yvonne Craig, the prolific actress best known for her role as Batgirl on Batman in the 1960s, has passed away, according to her official website.
Craig passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades. A statement on her official website said the star had suffered from breast cancer, which had spread to her liver.
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.
“I really didn’t think we were making Gone With the Wind,” she said. “Just an episodic TV series that would be over when it was over and then it would never rerun again.
“I meet women today who tell me that they grew up viewing Batgirl as an important role model. If they choose to know me in that context, well, I’ll take it.”
Craig also played Marta, the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk, from the third season of Star Trek, in the episode “Whom Gods Destroy.”
During her career, Craig appeared as a guest star in many television series, including The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Mod Squad and many more. She worked opposite Bing Crosby, Sal Mineo, Don Knotts, George Hamilton, Dwayne Hickman, Dennis Hopper as well as Elvis Presley and James Coburn.
She would later work outside of Hollywood, both in real estate and in licensing, producing prepaid phone cards that were used as promotional items for productions like Clueless and Looney Tunes. She was committed to education, literacy and the arts and did not only charitable work, but hands-on tutoring as well.