YVonne Craig, RIP

Published On August 19, 2015 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, Film TV & Theatre, News

Very sad news breaking today – we’ve lost Yvonne Craig, the elegant ballet-trained dancer who used her physical prowess to perform many of her own fight scenes and stunts as Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl in the classic and still much-loved 1960s Batman television series. Yvonne passed away at the age of 78 after a struggle against cancer – she fought breast cancer for some time, but the cancer then spread to her liver. As one family member put it “In the end, her mind still wanted to fight but her body had given up.” Yvonne played many other roles, including appearing with the King himself, Elvis Presley, in films, and she’s dear to geek hearts for another genre appearance as one of the iconic green-skinned Orion Slave women in the original Star Trek.


But her Batgirl role in the 60s show has remained in the public eye, somewhat to her surprise – she commented she thought they were just making a fun episodic TV show and once it was over that was it, but instead it remained a perennial favourite (indeed DC have revived it in comics form for a 60s Batman series which has proven popular). She was also taken aback by how many young women saw the show or the many repeats over the years and took from her portrayal an image of a strong, capable, independent woman: “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.” Sad, sad news, another little bit of our collective childhood gone to their rest…


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Joe Gordon
Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk's chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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