August 19, 2015 at 10:16 am EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Actress Yvonne Craig dies at 78
Batgirl, gay news, Washington Blade

Yvonne Craig was brought on to play Batgirl in the show’s third season. (Photo courtesy Craig)

Yvonne Craig, the actress best known for her role as Batgirl in the 1960’s “Batman” TV series, died on Monday, according to Variety. She was 78.

Craig died at her home in Pacific Palisades surrounded by her family, Variety said, attributing the news to Craig’s spokesman. She had been suffering from breast cancer that metastasized to her liver, the article said.

Craig was an LGBT ally and spoke to the Blade at length by phone in March after all three seasons of “Batman” were released on DVD after years of legal delay.

Craig also played Marta, the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk, in the third season of “Star Trek.”

Her guest appearances on TV include “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Mod Squad” and “The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis.”

She also starred in two movies opposite Elvis Presley, “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and “Kissin’ Cousins.”

In 2000, Craig wrote a book entitled “From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond,” which covered some of her years in the ballet as well as her theatrical career.

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

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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