A Female Superhero with Style: Yvonne Craig Passes Away at 78

Even before Wonder Woman spun into my living room, there was Batgirl – a vivid, crime-fighting, superhero GIRL.

The 1960's "Batman" TV series was comic book come to life. Colors right off the page and into my childhood heart. The third season introduced me to Batgirl. And with fabulous style, Yvonne Craig brought to life Barbara Gordon, librarian by day, Batgirl by night – fighting along side Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson.

And she had a purple motorcycle. 

In 1967, Yvonne Craig proved that woman could rise to the mantle of superhero on TV's "Batman". Even on set, Yvonne even did her own stunts – the only actor to do so.

Yvonne Craig passed away on Monday, August 17, after a two-year battle with breast cancer.

Although she starred in many other popular shows such as “The Man From U.N.C.L.E." and “The Six Million Dollar Man,” she is famously known as Marta, the green Orion slave girl from the “Star Trek” who was intent on killing Captain Kirk.

Not just a superhero in the show, in a 1970s PSA, Batgirl taught Batman about equal pay.

 

Craig is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich