Batgirl TV actress Yvonne Craig dies from cancer at 78

Yvonne Craig, 78, known as Batgirl from 1960s TV series dies at her home in California

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Yvonne Craig, best known for her role as Batgirl on the TV series Batman, has died at the age of 78

Yvonne Craig, best known for her role as Batgirl in the 1960s "Batman," has passed away in her home in Pacific Palisades, California from breast cancer that spread to her liver, aged 78.

A trained dancer who joined the Ballet Russe of Monte Carlo at the age of 17, followed by a career change as an actress, she was discovered by actor John Ford’s son Patrick and made her first movie, “The Young Land.”

Craig made her appearance as Batgirl in the final season of “Batman” in 1967, unfortunately the show was canceled in 1968, as her role didn’t last long, but left an impression on her fans.

Following her role as Batgirl, Craig went on to have an acting career, which included two movies with the late Elvis Presley, “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and “Kissin’ Cousins.”

Craig also had a role in “Starsky and Hutch,” “Fantasy Island,” “Kojak” and “Star Trek’s” third season as Marta, the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk, in the episode, "Whom Gods Destroy."

In 2009, she voiced Olivia’s grandmother on the cartoon series from the known children’s book “Olivia” on Nickelodeon. 

Aside from her career in dancing and acting, she also wrote a memoir, “From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond.”

“I was lucky,” she said in 2000. “I did a lot of work with a cult following, but Batgirl is the thing most people remember.”

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, sister Meridel Carson and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson.

As news broke of her death, fans shared what Craig meant to them.

The family will hold a private service but hasn't set a date. They want donations for cancer research and treatment service instead of flowers.

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