Wednesday, 19 August 2015

RIP Yvonne Craig

Yet more sad news; Yvonne Craig has passed away at the age of 78.

The American actress was most famous for playing Barbara Gordon, Commissioner Gordon's librarian daughter whose secret identity was the crimefighter Batgirl in the 1967-'68 final season of the cult Batman TV series, opposite Adam West and Burt Ward.

But her career began as a ballet dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1950s, which led to her break in the movies with roles in Gidget, In Like Flint and two Elvis movies; It Happened At The World's Fair and Kissin' Cousins as well as two Man From UNCLE movies; One Of Our Spies Is Missing and One Spy Too Many

Other roles included the green-skinned slave girl Marta in the 1968 Star Trek episode 'Whom Gods Destroy', as well as guest appearances in The Land of the Giants, The Mod Squad, Kojak, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Big Valley. In later life she moved into the real estate business, but continued to produce television and film and lent her voice to the Nickelodeon series Olivia. She died at her home on August 17th following a long battle with breast cancer.


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