Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Yvonne Craig, 1937-2015, R.I.P.


Actress Yvonne Craig has died at the age of 78, after a long battle with breast cancer. Ms. Craig had a long list of acting roles to her credit, most notably her role as Batgirl in the third and final season of ABC's Batman.

Ms. Craig as Batgirl, arguably the best-known role of her career.

Ms. Craig out of uniform on the Batman set with the series' star, Adam West.

Funny thing... I'm sure there are dozens of men who are roughly my age that are blogging about Yvonne Craig's passing, and how she was their first -- or at least, an early -- celebrity crush for them. Not me, surprisingly. In fact, rather than when I was 10 or 11, I grew to appreciate Ms. Craig's charms as I got older. And it's not that I had yet to "discover" girls in 1967/68. That happened when I was in kindergarten.

No, the plain and honest truth was that I had pretty much given up on the Batman TV show by its third season, as had a large percentage of the rest of the TV viewing audience. Not sure what I was watching instead, though. Wikipedia's 1967–68 United States network television schedule article lists Cimarron Strip on CBS and Daniel Boone on NBC, and I wasn't watching either of those. But we all know Wikipedia's never wrong, so I dunno...

Anyway, if it'll make you feel better, I had a huge crush on Batman's Catwoman, played by Julie Newmar!


 But, back to Yvonne Craig...




For those of you reading this who disagree with my saying that Batgirl was Ms. Craig's best-known role, she was also notable for playing Marta, the "green girl" in the third-season Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy." Her character was even mentioned in an Eddie Murphy routine! (Or was he referring to Susan Oliver, "green girl" in a first-season Star Trek episode?)

Ms. Craig and... uhhh... some guy, her co-star in
It Happened at the World's Fair (1963) and Kissin' Cousins (1964).

And here she is, kissin' not another cousin, but an U.N.C.L.E.!
Well, sort of... She's with Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo in
the original, "real" Man from U.N.C.L.E. on NBC-TV!



A more recent shot of Ms. Craig, holding her book 
From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond.






Yet another shot of "Marta," because... well, because I can!


And finally, another shot of Ms. Craig showing off her
dancer's legs... Again, because I can!


Thanks for your time.


 


 

23 comments:

  1. Oh how sad that she passed away. I always thought she was a cute pixie vixen. She seems so modern to me that it's hard to think she was in her 70's

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    1. Yeah, I did a double-take when I read "78," too!

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  2. Those are some legs. Yvonne remains a beautiful young woman in my mind. I didn't see Batman. It was off limits in our house.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Off limits? Interesting restriction to place on kids...

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    2. That was my mom. I think I was the only kid in my class who didn't get to watch Batman.

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  3. That crush makes perfect sense to me.

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    1. Well, let's just say I love the ladies. ;)

      Just stopping by to say.... well, you know what.
      Hi.

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    2. Hi! I'm still alive, just not inspired lately. (Lately? It's been months!)

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    3. Well, it happens. Just stopping by to wish you a happy new year :))

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  4. Whoa, she had some obvious assets! I have more of a memory of Julie Newmar as Catwoman, though.

    I really appreciate the comments you left the last few weeks. Now that I'm kinda back from the dead, isn't about time for you to arise?

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    1. Alas, I've had no motivation to write for many, many weeks! I'll even get an occasional idea, but not be inspired enough to post about it.

      Maybe I need a new muse...

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  5. She was a beauty for sure and quite a prolific actress. It seems like she lived a full life and that is really all we can ask for.

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  6. I am sorry for being late. I wanted to be by much earlier. "Stuff" happened, but I hope you are still having a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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    1. Well! The same to you, and a Happy New Year, too, Jerry!

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  7. Breast cancer is such a terrible disease. I was surprised how common it is.

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  8. Various forms of cancer have been robbing us of a lot of celebrities, unfortunately.

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