American ballet dancer and actress. Born on May 16, 1937, in Taylorville, Illinois, Yvonne Craig started her career as a dancer and was a member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1950s when her family moved to the Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas, Texas.
Yvonne began her acting career in movies like The Young Land, The Gene Krupa Story, and Gidget before making guest appearances in shows like Mr. Lucky, and High Time. Some of her earliest television roles was in an episode of the TV series Perry Mason The Case of the Lazy Lover produced in 1958. She played alongside Neil Hamilton, who played her stepfather.
Yvonne Craig rose to prominence in the 1960s when she appeared with Cesar Romero in Seven Women from Hell while she also played Batgirl and a daughter to Commissioner Gordon in the television series Batman produced in 1966. She was one of the finest characters from the television series and that helped her to gain fame and wealth. As Batgirl she wore a purple and yellow outfit and rode a “purple motorcycle with white lace trim”
Craig’s role as Batgirls was, however, shortlived as “Batman” was cancelled in 1968. Craig moved into television and appeared in several series like The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Death Valley Days, My Three Sons, among others. She appeared five times on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, portraying five separate girlfriends for the titular character between 1959 and 1962.
She also appeared alongside Elvis Presley in movies like It Happened at the World’s Fair and Kissin’ Cousins while her acting portfolio further improved with sci-film Mars Needs Women. Her memorable role came on Star Trek as Marta. From 2009 to 2011, she voiced “Grandma” on an animated children’s show titled Olivia.
Despite her amazing roles in TV series and as a dancer, Craig never finished school. She attended Sunset High School in Dallas, but technically didn’t graduate because she lacked one P.E. credit. When asked why she said: “It was my fault, … I wouldn’t dress, and I wouldn’t play. I always had an excuse.”
When Craig was done with acting, she ventured into private business. She was a co-producer of industrial shows for a short while before she turned to her new career as a real estate broker.
Yvonne Craig published an autobiography called From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond in 2000. She appeared in the documentary film Ballets Russes.
This amazing personality died on August 17, 2015, leaving behind asset that is worth about $5 million. She died at age 78 at her home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California. She was reported to have had metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her liver.