Yvonne Craig
American actress and ballerina
Yvonne Craig
Yvonne Joyce Craig is an American ballet dancer and actress best known for her role as Batgirl from the 1960s TV series Batman, and as the Orion Marta in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode “Whom Gods Destroy”.
Biography
Yvonne Craig's personal information overview.
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Dan Persons: Mighty Movie's Temple of Bad: Mars Needs Women
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Oh, the sixties, was there a way in which you weren't one of our most fraked-up decades? War, assassinations, riots in the streets, My Mother the Car on TV -- never was there a time when it more seemed that society was shredding at the seams. Fortunately, director Larry Buchanan, the mastermind behind such cinematic spectacles as Zontar: The Thing from Venus and Attack of the The Eye Creatures (Wiki it), was willing to tackle the tumult head-on, countering the rise of women as a political force with a clutch of Martians, including Disney escapee Tommy Kirk, who are seeking out a small sampling of the fairer sex -- a grouping that includes soon-to-be-Batgirl Yvonne Craig -- purely for their function as prime breedin' stock. Yes, it's the science fiction classic Mars Needs Women, and new novitiate Steve Biodrowski joins seasoned celebrants Andrea Lipinski, Kevin Lauderdale, and I in the Temple of Bad as we explore how leering double entendres, broken tape recorders, and many ...
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Comic geeks can tour the streets where superheroes roam - Kansas City Star
Google News - over 5 years
“It's like my friend — the original Batgirl, Yvonne Craig — said to me,” he says. “They actually pay you to talk about comics for two hours?” Superhero Tour of New York: www.thecelebrityplanet.com. Offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 2 pm Tickets $24
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Gotham City's Favorite Librarian, Batgirl, Returns To Print (But Not The Big ... - Gothamist
Google News - over 5 years
But Batgirl hasn't come to life on the screen since 1997, when Alicia Silverstone portrayed her in Batman & Robin, and before that, in the Batman television series in the late '60s (played by Yvonne Craig). Contact the author of this article or email
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52 Responses to the DC Reboot - Comic Book Resources
Google News - over 5 years
To the general population Batgirl is Yvonne Craig or the chick from the animated series. Still, pattern recognition doesn't do much to divert my annoyance. 19) Predictions 1: De-Oracling Babs Gordon tears the guts out of BIRDS OF PREY
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Thursday I Won't Care About You #15: Barbara's Not Broken - Inside Pulse
Google News - over 5 years
So yeah, when you compare that to Yvonne Craig and the Bruce Timm animated series and Barbara's core role as able-bodied in “The Batman” (and throw in the shudder-inducing Batman and Robin pseudo-Barbara, if you want), then of course you've got a more
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REPORT: Trekkies invade Las Vegas for 'Star Trek' con - HollywoodSoapbox.com
Google News - over 5 years
For classic TV fans, Thursday's panel discussion featuring Lee Meriwether, Clint Howard and Yvonne Craig, all guest stars on The Original Series, was a definite highlight. In addition to the main auditorium at the Rio, the convention spilled out into a
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Bringing Up Barbara - Sequential Tart News
Google News - over 5 years
The move was an attempt to drum up excitement for her arrival on the television show and for the young actress cast to play her, Yvonne Craig. As depicted in her comic debut, she takes up her crime-fighting persona by accident: rescuing Bruce Wayne
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August-September Star Trek Conventions - Trek Today
Google News - over 5 years
... Walter Koenig, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Jonathan Frakes, Dominic Keating, John de Lancie, Connor Trinneer, Gwynyth Walsh, Barbara March, JG Hertzler, Robert O'Reilly, Rene Auberjonois, Nana Visitor, Yvonne Craig (Marta from Whom Gods Destroy),
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CCI: Jim Lee & Cully Hamner Design the New DC 52 - Comic Book Resources
Google News - over 5 years
Lee brought the purple interior of the cape back because he liked the way it looked on Yvonne Craig on the '60s "Batman" television series. Chiarello really liked Adam Hughes' interpretation of the character on the new cover to her upcoming #1
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NY superhero tour is geared to the geeks among us - Sioux City Journal
Google News - over 5 years
(He created the tour a year ago in April with Celebrity Planet co-founder James Bonney, and does it three days a week — in rain, snow or, as we experienced, severe heat.) "It's like my friend — the original Batgirl, Yvonne Craig — said to me," he
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Spider-Man, Captain America star on NYC Superhero Tour - USA Today
Google News - over 5 years
"It's like my friend - the original Batgirl, Yvonne Craig - said to me," he muses. "They actually pay you to talk about comics for two hours?" For more information about reprints & permissions, visit our FAQ's. To report corrections and clarifications,
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Missing out on Comic-Con? Need a comic trivia fix? A geek-friendly NYC tour is ... - Chicago Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
(He created the tour a year ago in April with Celebrity Planet co-founder James Bonney, and does it three days a week — in rain, snow or, as we experienced, severe heat.) "It's like my friend — the original Batgirl, Yvonne Craig — said to me," he
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NY superhero tour is geared to the geeks among us - Forbes
Google News - over 5 years
(He created the tour a year ago in April with Celebrity Planet co-founder James Bonney, and does it three days a week - in rain, snow or, as we experienced, severe heat.) "It's like my friend - the original Batgirl, Yvonne Craig - said to me," he muses
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Yvonne Craig's Classic 1960s TV Batgirl Costume Up for Auction - ComicsAlliance
Google News - over 5 years
The original Batgirl costume worn by Yvonne Craig is being auctioned off, and it seems that the genuine Hollywood treasure may yet sell for a surprisingly affordable amount. Bidding opened at $2000 for the one-of-a-kind outfit, worn by Ms. Craig in the
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Adam West-era Batgirl costume worn by Yvonne Craig up for auction - Comic Book Resources
Google News - over 5 years
Own a piece of comic history as the memorable costume worn by actress Yvonne Craig in the 1960s Batman television series is being put up for auction. With bids starting at $2000, it's a perfect gift for any serious Batman collector or cosplayer with
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Lovefool 06.20.11 | United We Perv - Play by Play
Google News - over 5 years
Nostalgia played a role as a few older heroine types came up, too, such as Lana Lang from Superman III and Yvonne Craig's high-stepping Batgirl from the 1960s Batman TV series. Adrienne Barbeau from Swamp Thing was cited with the tag
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Barbara Gordon, the Bestest Batgirl, Can Walk Again - FemPop
Google News - over 5 years
... an outfit she hasn't worn in more than 20 years. How do you feel about Gordon's return as Batgirl? Excited? Sad? Reticent? Sound off below! Or watch this really rad Equal Pay PSA that'll remind you why Yvonne Craig as Batgirl was so flipping awesome
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Yvonne Craig
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 77
    Craig died at her home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, on August 17, 2015, aged 78, from metastatic breast cancer that had spread to her liver.
    More Details Hide Details She was survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, as well as by her sister, Meridel Carson.
  • 2000
    Age 62
    Craig published an autobiography called From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared in the documentary film Ballets Russes. She was also a philanthropist and advocate for workers unions, free mammograms, and equal pay for women.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 35
    In 1973 she appeared in a season 1 episode of Kojak called "Dark Sunday" and in 1977 made a guest appearance in The Six Million Dollar Man.
    More Details Hide Details She also made appearances as herself on some celebrity editions of Family Feud (1976-1985 version). When her Hollywood career ended, she ventured into private business. She was briefly a co-producer of industrial shows, before starting a new career as a real estate broker. From 2009 to 2011, she voiced "Grandma" on the animated children's show Olivia.
  • 1969
    Age 31
    From 1969 to 1972, she appeared in four episodes of the comedy series Love, American Style.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 29
    From September 1967, Craig appeared in her highest-profile role—as Batgirl—for the third and last season of the 1960s ABC TV series Batman.
    More Details Hide Details As Batgirl she wore a purple and yellow outfit and rode a "purple motorcycle with white lace trim", whereas as her alter ego Barbara Gordon she played the librarian daughter of Commissioner Gordon. The New York Times praised her for "adding a scrappy girl-power element" to a TV series it described as "campy". Craig reportedly felt some connection to the character and complained to DC Comics after Barbara Gordon was shot and paralyzed by the Joker in the graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke (1988). After Batman, Craig continued to act sporadically in movies and television. She appeared in guest roles in Love, American Style (the first episode), Kentucky Jones, The Big Valley, It Takes a Thief, The Mod Squad, Kojak and Emergency!
  • 1966
    Age 28
    In a 1966 episode of The Wild Wild West ("The Night of the Grand Emir"), she played an assassin who performs an exotic Arabian dance.
    More Details Hide Details She also played a nurse in the U.S. Navy with exotic Arabian dance skills in an episode of McHale's Navy ("Pumpkin Takes Over", 1965). She appeared in an episode of The Big Valley with Lee Majors and Barbara Stanwyck. In a 1968 episode of The Ghost & Mrs. Muir ("Haunted Honeymoon"), she played a bride-to-be stranded overnight at Gull Cottage. In a 1970 episode of Land of the Giants ("Wild Journey"), she played one-half of a humanoid, time-observing duo (alongside Bruce Dern) who chase two of the Earth castaways (series stars Gary Conway and Don Marshall) into the past, ultimately forcing them to relive the flight that sent them to the giants' planet.
  • 1959
    Age 21
    Craig appeared five times on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, portraying five separate girlfriends for the titular character between 1959 and 1962.
    More Details Hide Details Craig appeared on Star Trek as Marta, a green-skinned Orion slave girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk in the episode "Whom Gods Destroy" (1969). In an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ("The Brain-Killer Affair", 1965), she helps solve the mystery of a brain-endangering poison. Craig appeared as an U.N.C.L.E. employee in a theatrical film, One Spy Too Many (1966) expanded from the episode "The Alexander the Greater Affair").
  • TEENAGE
  • 1957
    Age 19
    She left the ballet company in 1957 "over a disagreement on casting changes" and moved to Los Angeles in the hopes of continuing her dancing career but found herself cast in film roles.
    More Details Hide Details One of her earliest television roles was in an episode of the TV series Perry Mason ("The Case of the Lazy Lover", 1958) alongside Neil Hamilton, who played her stepfather (later Hamilton played police Commissioner James Gordon, Batgirl's father). Shortly afterwards, she appeared in three films—The Young Land, The Gene Krupa Story, and Gidget (all 1959)—and also guest-starred in TV series Mr. Lucky as Beverly Mills in the episode "Little Miss Wow" (also 1959). Craig appeared with Bing Crosby in High Time (1960) and in Seven Women from Hell (1961) featured alongside Cesar Romero. Craig starred in roles with Elvis Presley in two films: It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) and Kissin' Cousins (1964). She also starred in the 1966 cult sci-fi film Mars Needs Women and appeared in In Like Flint (1967) as a Russian ballet dancer opposite James Coburn.
  • 1951
    Age 13
    Yvonne Craig was born in Taylorville, Illinois, and was raised in Columbus, Ohio. In 1951, her family moved to the Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas, Texas, where she attended WH Adamson High School and then Sunset High School, from which she did not technically graduate due to the lack of "a single PE credit".
    More Details Hide Details After being discovered by Alexandra Danilova, a ballerina and instructor, Craig joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo as its youngest corps de ballet member. This training was helpful when she performed stunts while playing Batgirl.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1937
    Born
    Born on May 16, 1937.
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