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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 16 May 1937Taylorville, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 17 August 2015Pacific Palisades, California, USA  (breast cancer)
Birth NameYvonne Joyce Craig
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Yvonne Joyce Craig was born on May 16, 1937 in Taylorville, Illinois. As a young teenager, Yvonne showed such promise as a dancer that she was accepted to Denham's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Her training progressed until she left the company in 1957 over a disagreement on casting changes. She moved to Los Angeles hoping to continue her dancing, but was soon cast in movies. At first, Yvonne had small roles in movies such as Gidget (1959) and The Gene Krupa Story (1959). After that, her film career just bumped along. As Yvonne was dating Elvis Presley at the time, she did have a supporting role in the two Elvis movies, It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) and Kissin' Cousins (1964).

But her fame would come with the cult television series Batman (1966) in which she played Commissioner Gordon's daughter, Barbara. Her secret identity was Batgirl and as the Commissioner's daughter, she had access to all the calls of trouble that was taking place in Gotham City. Her character, Batgirl, was part of the 1967-68 season, which was the end of the run for the series. After Batman (1966), she also appeared on other television series such as Star Trek (1966) and The Six Million Dollar Man (1974). As her career wound down, Yvonne went into the real estate business. Yvonne Craig died at age 78 of breast cancer at her home in Pacific Palisades, California on August 17, 2015.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Spouse (2)

Kenneth Aldrich (1988 - 17 August 2015) (her death)
Jimmy Boyd (15 August 1960 - 22 April 1963) (divorced)

Trivia (10)

Her autobiography "From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond" was published. [September 2000]
Ranked #7 on Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women of TV" list. [March 2008]
Attended and graduated from Sunset High School in Dallas, Texas.
An inveterate world traveler, she and her husband Kenneth Aldrich have visited the remotest corners of the earth.
In the early 1970s, she co-produced industrial shows for a time before going into the real estate business.
Is one of the youngest dancers to become a member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Is also a philanthropist and advocate for workers unions, free mammograms, and equal pay for women.
Best known for her roles as Batgirl on Batman (1966) and as the Orion slave girl Marta in the third season episode of the original Star Trek (1966) series, Star Trek: Whom Gods Destroy (1969).
She was cremated. Her ashes were given to her family.
She has two nephews through her sister, Meridel Carson (née Craig). Their names are Christopher and Todd Carson.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on the cancellation of Batman (1966)] When we were canceled by ABC, we wondered if we could get another network. When it looked like we couldn't, they came with a bulldozer and bulldozed the whole set. Then two weeks later NBC said, "Listen, we'd like to take a shot at Batman if you still have the sets." They didn't want to start from scratch and build them because the set cost $800,000. So it was too late, nothing came of it.
I meet women today who tell me that they grew up viewing Batgirl as an important role model. If they choose to know me in that context, well, I'll take it.
One of the reasons I did the Batman (1966) series was so people would attach a name to my face. Before that, I had done a lot of television, but all people would say was, "Oh, that's um, um, what IS her name?".
I meet young women who say Batgirl was their role model. They say it's because it was the first time they ever felt girls could do the same thing guys could do, and sometimes better. I think that's lovely.

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