’60s Batman TV series actress who played Batgirl passes away

Batgirl Yvonne Craig RIP

Another sad day for Batman fans. Actress Yvonne Craig, who was probably best known for her role as Batgirl in the Adam West TV series, has died. The Illinois born actress passed away in her home surrounded by family on Monday, after her long battle with Breast Cancer. She was 78.

Though she will be forever known for her portrayal of Barbra Gordon, Yvonne Craig had quiet a lengthy resume of hit television shows she appeared on. She did guest appearances on everything from The Six Million Dollar Man, The MOD Squad,  Kojak and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. She even appeared on the famed  “Whom Gods Destroy” episode of Star Trek where she played Marta, the green-skinned Orion slave girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk.

Her family released an official statement on her website after her passing.

She was able to travel the world and see many places. Yvonne spent quality time with those that she loved and was able to accomplish many goals and ambitions that she set for herself. Yvonne excelled in ballet, a film career, a business life, as well as in philanthropic and charity work over the years. She had been able to do this with joy and much laughter and she wouldn’t have changed a thing.  Well, maybe one thing and that would have been not to get cancer.

Fight as she did; however, over the past two plus years, she still lost her battle with metastasized breast cancer that had gone to her liver. Her operation right before Christmas, removed portions of her liver and some tumors as well as her gallbladder (not infected but in the way) and honestly she never totally recovered from that and more malignancies showed up again much to our dismay.

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. 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.

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

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, her sister Meridel Carson and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson. The family has asked that, instead of flowers, donations be made to the cancer research and treatment center, the Angeles Clinic Foundation. You can make donation at their official website: TheAngelesClinicFoundation.org

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Craig family.

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