Yvonne Craig, who was best known for her role as Batgirl in the 1960’s Batman TV series, died on Monday at the age of 78. Craig was suffering from breast cancer that metastasized to her liver, and she passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades surrounded by her family.
Craig had played Martha, the green Orion Slave Girl in the third season of Star Trek. She also starred in two movies opposite Elvis Presley, It Happened at the World’s Fair and Kissin’ Cousins, and had made guest appearances on TV, including The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Fantasy Island, The Mod Squad and The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis.
Yvonne Craig—Batman/Batgirl—Network Presentation (RARE):
According to Comicbook.com, she later work outside of Hollywood, both in real estate and in licensing, producing prepaid phone cards that were used as promotional items for productions like Clueless and Looney Tunes.
Craig was committed to education, literacy, and the arts, and did both charitable work and hands-on tutoring.
Yvonne Craig 1937-2015:
On her official site, Craig’s obituary read:
“Yvonne Craig passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades, surrounded by her immediate family and comforted by Hospice yesterday night. She died from complications brought about from breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver. She is survived by her husband Kenneth Aldrich, her sister Meridel Carson, and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson. A private service is being planned, with no date set at the present time.
“Yvonne has been involved with social work as well as philanthropic work through the years, and was a public voice to support worker unions and equal pay for woman, as well as supporting free mammograms for women who cannot afford them.
“She and her husband have also been advocates of education and longtime supporters of education on all levels. They are actively involved with the Phillips Brooks House Association at Harvard, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, two different charter schools, and the Liberal Education for Arts Professionals out of St. Mary’s College of California, better known as LEAP. She also volunteered time and tutored and mentored disadvantaged students.
“In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: The Angeles Clinic Foundation by mail at 2001 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404 or by going into their website at www.theangelesclinicfoundation.org and following the “donate” link.