First On-Screen Batgirl Yvonne Craig Dies At 78

Posted: Aug 19 2015, 6:58am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 19 2015, 7:01am CDT, in News | Latest Celebrity News

First On-Screen Batgirl Yvonne Craig Dies at 78
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The actress was best known for her appearance in 1960s series "Batman." She was battling breast cancer

Yvonne Craig, first ever actress to play a female superhero on screen, died at her home in California. She was 78.

Yvonne was battling breast cancer for more than year. The chronic disease led her to demise on Monday.

“She had been in chemo almost continuously for the past two plus years since being diagnosed and that had weekend her immune system as well as her body…her breast cancer had gone to her liver.” Yvonne’s family said in a statement on her website.

Yvonne Craig was best known for her role as Batgirl from the 1960s series Batman. She also appeared in two movies alongside legendry Elvis Presley, in 1963 “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and 1964 “Kissin’ Cousins.”

Born on May 16, 1937, Yvonne was a trained ballet dancer. She was one of the members of a ballet company “Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.” In 1957, she left the company over a disagreement and wanted to continue dancing career. But accidently, became an actress. One of her first movies was 1957 “Eighteen and Anxious.” She appeared in three movies in 1959: The Young Land, Gidget and The Gene Krupa Story. She continued to act in movies in the following years but her breakthrough performance came in 1966 with “Batman” in which she played Commissioner Gordon’s daughter, Barbara/Batgirl. Talking about the experience in the series, Yvonne once said in an interview.

“It was a wonderful experience. The crew liked one another, the cast liked one another. It doesn’t happen often, and when it does, it’s a joy to go to work every day.”

Besides Batman, Yvonne also acted in 1966 NBC series “Star Trek” and 1974 “The Six Million Dollar Man.” Later, she went into real estate business. She penned a memoir “From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond” and gave voice for an animated children show “Olivia” from 2009 to 2011.

Yvonne married twice. She was married to singer Jimmy Boyd. The marriage lasted just two years. In 1988, she tied knots with Kenneth Aldrich which remained intact until her death.

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