Yvonne Craig 1937-2015

Actress Yvonne Craig passed away two days ago.

While Craig took on numerous and varied roles, she became most famous as a "geek sex symbol" in the 1960s.  Her most famous role was that of Batgirl/Barbara Gordon in the third and final season of the 1966 television series Batman:

She achieved almost as much fame as the green-skinned Orion slave girl Marta in the Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy:"

While she worked steadily after that, no other roles were quite as successful or memorable; and she eventually left acting to  work in real estate.  In 2000 she published her biography From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond (and I hope to find a copy of it one of these days):

While I wasn't a fan of the Batman show, I really enjoyed Yvonne Craig on it: She was enthusiastic, kicked butt, and was amazingly sexy; she was also the first female comic book hero brought to life (followed in the 1970s by Linda Carter as Wonder Woman).  Yvonne Craig was an icon of women as superheroes, and she will be remembered fondly.

Written by James Lynch

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