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Also Known As: Yvonne Joyce Craig Died: August 17, 2015
Born: May 16, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Taylorville, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, ballerina, real estate broker

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A beautiful and engaging actress best known for her role as Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, on the playful TV classic "Batman" (ABC 1966-68), Yvonne Craig started out as a ballet dancer. She was second lead dancer in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo before moving into acting in her 20s. Her early acting career included a series of small film parts, including roles in teen hit "Gidget" (1959), jazz biopic "The Gene Krupa Story" (1959), and western "The Young Land" (1959), where she appeared alongside Dennis Hopper, all in 1959. That same year, she also began appearing in the teen comedy "The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis" (CBS 1959-1963); she played six different girls wooed by the title character over the course of three seasons. Craig maintained a steady film career through the '60s, co-starring opposite Elvis Presley in two of his most popular films, "It Happened at the World's Fair" (1963) and "Kissin' Cousins (1964), playing a dangerous Russian ballerina opposite super spy James Coburn in "In Like Flint" (1967), and starring in the cult favorite "Mars Needs Women" (1967). She also reunited with her "Dobie Gillis" co-star Dwayne Hickman in the teen comedy "Ski Party" (1965), which featured musical...

A beautiful and engaging actress best known for her role as Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, on the playful TV classic "Batman" (ABC 1966-68), Yvonne Craig started out as a ballet dancer. She was second lead dancer in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo before moving into acting in her 20s. Her early acting career included a series of small film parts, including roles in teen hit "Gidget" (1959), jazz biopic "The Gene Krupa Story" (1959), and western "The Young Land" (1959), where she appeared alongside Dennis Hopper, all in 1959. That same year, she also began appearing in the teen comedy "The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis" (CBS 1959-1963); she played six different girls wooed by the title character over the course of three seasons. Craig maintained a steady film career through the '60s, co-starring opposite Elvis Presley in two of his most popular films, "It Happened at the World's Fair" (1963) and "Kissin' Cousins (1964), playing a dangerous Russian ballerina opposite super spy James Coburn in "In Like Flint" (1967), and starring in the cult favorite "Mars Needs Women" (1967). She also reunited with her "Dobie Gillis" co-star Dwayne Hickman in the teen comedy "Ski Party" (1965), which featured musical performances from Lesley Gore, garage rockers The Hondells and ski-sweater-clad James Brown. During this period, Craig also appeared regularly on television in guest roles before landing her career-defining part as Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, on the campy hit "Batman." After that show's end, Craig returned to her guest roles - most memorably as Marta, the green-skinned alien slave on the "Star Trek" (NBC 1966-69) episode "Whom Gods Destroy" - before retiring at the dawn of the '90s. Late in her life, Craig appeared on the animated children's series "Olivia" (Nickelodeon 2009-2012), voicing the character of Grandma. Yvonne Craig died of breast cancer on August 17, 2015 at her home in Pacific Palisades, California. She was 78.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ballets Russes (2005) Cast
2.
3.
 Jarrett (1973) Luluwa
4.
 How to Frame a Figg (1971) Glorianna [Hastings]
5.
 Mars Needs Women (1968)
6.
 In Like Flint (1967) Natasha, the ballerina
7.
 One Spy Too Many (1966) Maude Waverly
9.
 Ski Party (1965) Barbara Norris
10.
 Quick, Before It Melts (1965) Sharon Sweigert
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1964:
Co-starred with Presley in "Kissin' Cousins"
1971:
Co-starred in final film for nearly two decades, "How To Frame a Figg"
1957:
Left Ballet Russe after she was replaced as the second lead
1959:
Co-starred in "The Gene Krupa Story" and "Gidget"
1957:
Filmed first feature, "The Young Land"; released in 1959
1990:
Made final film appearance in "Diggin' Up Business" (released theatrically in the USA in 1992)
2009:
Voiced the role of Grandma on the animated series "Olivia"
1967:
Co-starred as a Russian ballerina in espionage thriller "In Like Flint," starring James Coburn as a Bond-like super spy
1967:
Portrayed Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in the ABC series "Batman"
1963:
Appeared opposite Elvis Presley for the first time in "It Happened at the World's Fair"
1969:
Guest starred on "Star Trek" as Marta the Orion Slave
1954:
Joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
1960:
Co-starred opposite Bing Crosby in "High Time"
1967:
Starred in cult drive-in favorite "Mars Needs Women"
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Education

Edith James School of Dance: Dallas, Texas -
Eugene Loring School of Dance: Los Angeles, California -

Notes

www.yvonnecraig.com

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husband:
Jimmy Boyd. Singer, actor. Married in 1960; divorced in 1962.
companion:
Mort Sahl. Humorist.
companion:
Bill Bixby. Actor. Dated in the mid-1960s.
husband:
Kenneth Aldrich. Businessman. Together from 1972; married in 1988.
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father:
Maurice M Craig.
mother:
Pauline Craig.

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