Yvonne Craig

Actor, Ballerina, Real estate broker
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/16/1937 in Taylorville, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (23)

Ballets Russes 2005 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Diggin' Up Business 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

How to Frame a Figg 1971 (Movie)

Glorianna (Actor)

Three Coins in the Fountain 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek 1967 - 1969 (Tv Show)

Actor

In Like Flint 1967 (Movie)

Natasha (Actor)

One Spy Too Many 1966 (Movie)

Maude Waverly (Actor)

Kissin' Cousins 1964 (Movie)

Azalea Tatum (Actor)

Ski Party 1964 (Movie)

Barbara Norris (Actor)

Dobie Gillis 1959 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

It Happened at the World's Fair 1963 (Movie)

Dorothy Johnson (Actor)

Quick, Before It Melts 1963 (Movie)

Sharon Sweigert (Actor)

By Love Possessed 1961 (Movie)

Veronica Kovacs (Actor)

The Barbara Stanwyck Theater 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

High Time 1960 (Movie)

Randy Pruitt (Actor)

The Gene Krupa Story 1959 (Movie)

Gloria Corregio (Actor)

Gidget 1958 (Movie)

Nan (Actor)

The Young Land 1958 (Movie)

Elena de la Madrid (Actor)

Eighteen and Anxious 1957 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Batman (TV Show)

Actor

Jarrett (TV Show)

Actor

Olivia (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

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.

Relationships

Maurice M Craig

Father

Pauline Craig

Mother

Kenneth Aldrich

Husband
together from 1972 married in 1988

Bill Bixby Actor

Companion
dated in the mid-1960s

Jimmy Boyd

Husband
married in 1960 divorced in 1962

Mort Sahl

Companion

EDUCATION

Eugene Loring School of Dance

Los Angeles, California

Edith James School of Dance

Dallas, Texas

Milestones

2009

Voiced the role of Grandma on the animated series "Olivia"

1990

Made final film appearance in "Diggin' Up Business" (released theatrically in the USA in 1992)

1970

Co-starred in final film for nearly two decades, "How To Frame a Figg"

1968

Guest starred on "Star Trek" as Marta the Orion Slave

1967

Portrayed Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in the ABC series "Batman"

1967

Starred in cult drive-in favorite "Mars Needs Women"

1967

Co-starred as a Russian ballerina in espionage thriller "In Like Flint," starring James Coburn as a Bond-like super spy

1964

Co-starred with Presley in "Kissin' Cousins"

1963

Appeared opposite Elvis Presley for the first time in "It Happened at the World's Fair"

1960

Co-starred opposite Bing Crosby in "High Time"

1959

Co-starred in "The Gene Krupa Story" and "Gidget"

1957

Left Ballet Russe after she was replaced as the second lead

1957

Filmed first feature, "The Young Land"; released in 1959

1954

Joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

Bonus Trivia

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In the TV movie "Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt," Craig was portrayed by actress Erin Carufel.

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Craig published her autobiography, From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond, in 2000

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Craig appeared in two of Elvis Presley's most popular '60s films, "It Happened at the World's Fair" and "Kissin' Cousins"

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