The actress who played Batgirl in the campy ABC TV series “Batman” in the 1960s has died. The New York Times reports that Yvonne Craig died Monday at her home in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Craig reportedly died of complications from cancer. She was 78.
“A statement from Ms. Craig’s family said that she had been battling breast cancer, which eventually metastasized to her liver, for over two years, but that she had kept her condition private,” The Times reports.
As Batgirl, Craig often joined the “Pow!” and “Zap!”-filled fight sequences alongside Batman and Robin. Her purple-and-yellow-clad character, seen during the show’s third season, defined girl power as part of a female contingent on the series that also included Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt, both in the role of Catwoman at various times.
“Before she began her TV career, Ms. Craig was a ballet dancer and traveled with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as the group’s youngest member,” The Times reports. “Besides ‘Batman,’ she acted in a number of TV series, including ‘The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis,’ ‘The Six Million Dollar Man,’ ‘Land of the Giants,’ ‘Mod Squad,’ ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,’ ‘Love, American Style,’ ‘Emergency!’ and ‘The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.’”
Craig also had a role in the 1964 Elvis Presley movie “Kissin’ Cousins.