Yvonne Craig, Who Played Batgirl, Dies at 78

by Jackie Willis 3:05 AM PDT, August 19, 2015
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Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in the '60s Batman series, died at her Pacific Palisades home on Monday night. She was 78.

According to the actress' website, Craig died "from complications brought about from breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver."

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"She had been in chemo almost continuously for the past two plus years since being diagnosed and that had weakened her immune system as well as her body," the statement on her website reads. "This didn't dampen her sense of humor or her spirit, she intended to fight and win this battle. In the end, her mind still wanted to fight but her body had given up."

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In addition to playing Batgirl, Craig also starred in a number of TV series including The Six Million Dollar Man, Mod Squad, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Love American Style, Emergency, and Courtship of Eddie's Father. During the course of her career, she worked alongside Bing Crosby, Sal Mineo, Don Knotts, George Hamilton, Dwayne Hickman, Dennis Hopper and even Elvis Presley.

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She also had a memorable role as Marta, an Orion slave girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk, in a season three episode of the original Star Trek series.

"Please celebrate Yvonne in your own way and the work she has left behind for you to continue to remember her by and enjoy," reads the statement.

Craig is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, her sister Meridel Carson and nephews, Christopher and Todd Carson.