Yvonne Craig (16 May 1937 – 17 August 2015)
Yvonne Craig will always be remembered for her role as Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl in the Sixties TV version of Batman. She made the role her own, and while the planned Batgirl series never materialised, Craig was a bright, funny, attractive addition to the cast, and over the course of two seasons and twenty-six episodes, more than held her own against the series’ more established stars.
Looking over her career, though, reveals a surprising number of appearances in well-known, well-regarded and very popular US TV shows. Between 1958 when she made her first appearance in an episode of Schlitz Playhouse, to the animated series Olivia (2009-2011), Craig has appeared in so many of these shows that the term “abundance of riches” could be applied, and without any sense of irony. Here then are just some of the appearances she made in a career that spanned over fifty years.
Perry Mason (1958). The Jim Backus Show (1961). The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1959-1962, playing six different roles). 77 Sunset Strip (1960-1964, playing four different roles). Wagon Train (1964). Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964). McHale’s Navy (1965). The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1965). My Favorite Martian (1965). The Wild Wild West (1966). It Takes a Thief (1968). Mod Squad (1968). Star Trek (1969, the episode Whom Gods Destroy). Land of the Giants (1970). The Magician (1973). Kojak (1973). The Six Million Dollar Man (1977). Starsky and Hutch (1979). Fantasy Island (1983).