Yvonne Craig, Batgirl from 1960s 'Batman' series, dies at 78

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Yvonne Craig, the Original Batgirl, Dies at 78



Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl on the ABC 1960s series "Batman," died Monday. She was 78.

The actress passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades, California, according to her official website. Craig had been battling breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver.

She was known for her portrayal of Batgirl and alter ego, librarian Barbara Gordon, in the cult series starring Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin.

Craig, who was born in Illinois but grew up in Columbus, Ohio, also starred opposite Elvis Presley in the films "It Happened at the World's Fair" and "Kissin' Cousins."

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Yvonne Craig, Batgirl from 1960s 'Batman' series, dies at 78
BATMAN - 'Gallery' - Airdate June 9, 1967. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) YVONNE CRAIG
BATMAN - 'Adam West & Burt Ward Gallery' - Shoot date in 1966. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) BURT WARD;YVONNE CRAIG;ADAM WEST
American ballet dancer and actress Yvonne Craig, best known for her role as Batgirl from the TV series 'Batman', 1967. (Photo by Len Trievnor/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Yvonne Craig, US actress, in costume, in a studio portrait, against a yellow background, issued as publicity for the US television series, 'Batman', circa 1967. The series, featuring DC Comics characters, starred Craig as ''Barbara Gordon/Batgirl'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Yvonne Craig wearing a bathing suit in a scene from the film 'The Young Land', 1959. (Photo by Columbia/Film Favorites/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1962: Actress Yvonne Craig poses at the beach in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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BATMAN - 'Gallery' - Airdate June 9, 1967. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) YVONNE CRAIG
BATMAN - 'Gallery' - Airdate June 9, 1967. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) YVONNE CRAIG
BATMAN - 'Gallery' - Airdate June 9, 1967. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) YVONNE CRAIG
BATMAN - 'Surf's Up! Joker's Under!' - Airdate November 16, 1967. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) YVONNE CRAIG
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BATMAN - 'Surf's Up! Joker's Under!' - Airdate November 16, 1967. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) YVONNE CRAIG
BATMAN - 'Surf's Up! Joker's Under!' - Airdate November 16, 1967. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) YVONNE CRAIG
BATMAN - 'The Funny Feline Felonies' - Airdate December 28, 1967. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) YVONNE CRAIG;SANDY KEVIN
LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 'Love and the Big Game' - Airdate January 29, 1971. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) YVONNE CRAIG;JACK KLUGMAN;JACK CASSIDY;ANN ELDER
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LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 11: Actress Yvonne Craig attends Day 1 of the Official Star Trek Convention at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on August 11, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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She played Marta, the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk, in a third-season episode of the original "Star Trek" called "Whom Gods Destroy."

Other TV and film credits include "The Gene Krupa Story," "7 Women From Hell, "Ski Party," "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "Fantasy Island," "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "Mod Squad."

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Most recently, she voiced the grandmother on Nickelodeon's "Olivia" animated series.

Craig 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.

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