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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 16 May 1937Taylorville, Illinois, USA
Birth NameYvonne Joyce Craig
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 parts in pictures 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 pictures, 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 67-68 season, which was the end of the run for the show. After Batman (1966), she also appeared on other television programs such as Star Trek (1966) and The Six Million Dollar Man (1974). As her career wound down, Yvonne went into the real estate business.

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

Spouse (2)

Kenneth Aldrich (1988 - ?)
Jimmy Boyd (15 August 1960 - 1962) (divorced)

Trivia (7)

September 2000 - her autobiography "From Ballet to The Batcave and Beyond" was published.
Ranked #7 on Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women of TV" list (March 2008).
Attended Sunset High School in Dallas, TX.
An inveterate world traveler, she and her husband Ken 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.
One of the youngest to become a member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Claims that she quit acting in the 1970s because she found it difficult to switch from sexy parts to mom roles. Never a mom, she thought she wasn't giving off the right vibes to the casting people.

Personal Quotes (3)

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 (1966) 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. [Recalling the cancellation of Batman (1966)].
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?"

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