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Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

Yvonne Craig as Batgirl

July 26, 1967: Yvonne Craig, actress and former ballerina, appears as Batgirl in television’s 1960s “Batman” series. Here she dances to escape swords in an episode titled “The OGG Couple.”

Staff photographer Nelson Tiffany’s photo appeared in the Aug. 1, 1967, Los Angeles Times. Staff writer Walt Dutton reported:

Pow! Zap! Va-va-voom! Batgirl is here, and quicker than you can flash a Batsignal, Gotham City’s Dynamic Duo has become the Terrific Trio.

In the illusory world of Gotham City, Batgirl’s true identity is Barbara Gordon, the just-returned-from-college daughter of unsuspecting Commissioner Gordon. And in the illusory world of show business, Barbara Gordon’s true identity is Yvonne Craig, a luscious ballet dancer-turned-actress.

So far, Yvonne has been having a great time as a dedicated crime fighter in the ABC series.

“I had never seen anything like it,” she remarked the other day, referring to the first time she had seen Batman and Robin on her TV screen.

“I didn’t quite know what to think then,” she admitted, “but now I love the show; there are so many fun things about it.

“It’s wild and bizarre; while thrilling the kids with its action and costumes, its humor gets through to the adults who are watching with them. In fact, a politician recently told me he thinks Batman has produced some of the best political satire he has ever seen.” …

Yvonne Craig died on Aug. 17, 2015. Los Angeles Times obituary is online:  Yvonne Craig dies at age 78

Dutton’s full story, quoted above, was reprinted online following Craig’s passing. Dutton’s story continues to tell of That Time Yvonne Craig ran over Vincent Price with the Batgirlcycle.

July 26, 1967: Actress and former ballerina Yvonne Craig as Batgirl in the TV series "Batman" in 1967.

July 26, 1967: Actress and former ballerina Yvonne Craig as Batgirl on the Batgirlcycle . Credit: Nelson Tiffany/Los Angeles Times.

July 11, 1959: Actress Yvonne Craig poses on the set of "The Gene Krupa Story," in Los Angeles.

July 11, 1959: Actress Yvonne Craig poses on the set of “The Gene Krupa Story,” in Los Angeles. Credit: Associated Press.



  1. May 26, 2016, 10:04 am

    Loved her when I was a child. Still think Batgirl was awesome! So happy they gave us a female super hero!

  2. May 26, 2016, 10:09 am

    Don't forget she also played the part of an Orion in Star Trek.

  3. May 26, 2016, 3:31 pm

    And also an ex gf of Bill Bixby's character, "Tim O'Hara" in My Favorite Martion with Ray Walson.

    Ironically, two she appeared in two Elvis Presley films as well, One was "Kissin Cousins' " and "It Happened at The World's Fair" which also starred a young Kurt Russell"!

    Talk about &degrees of Kevin Bacon, try seven degrees of Elvis Presley costars!


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