Yvonne Craig, Who Grew Up In Oak Cliff And Played Batgirl In The '60s, Dies At 78 | KERA News

Yvonne Craig, Who Grew Up In Oak Cliff And Played Batgirl In The '60s, Dies At 78

Aug 19, 2015

Yvonne Craig, who grew up in Dallas and played the sexy, crime-fighting Batgirl in the 1960s TV hit "Batman," has died. She was 78.

Craig died Monday at her Los Angeles home of complications from breast cancer, her family said.

After beginning her career as a ballet dancer, she landed dozens of acting roles in TV shows in the early 1960s, as well as co-starring in two Elvis Presley films.

But she was best known for originating the role of Batgirl in the 1967-68 season of ABC's "Batman," and for an episode of the original "Star Trek," as the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk.

In later years, Craig pursued various business ventures, but also did voiceover work, including the role of Grandma in the recent Nickelodeon cartoon series "Olivia."

The Dallas Morning News reports Craig lived in Oak Cliff as a teenager:

She was born in Illinois, raised in Ohio and moved to Texas around 1951. She enrolled at W.E. Griener Middle School, then went to W.H. Adamson High School, then Sunset. She was a single PE credit away from graduating before being whisked off to join the ballet.

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