Yvonne Craig, Batman 66’s Batgirl, Has Passed Away
By Mike Sains
According to an announcement on her official website, now confirmed by multiple sources, actress Yvonne Craig – best known for playing TV’s Batgirl in the 1960’s serialized version of Batman – has died of cancer at the age of 78. She died at her home in the Pacific Palisades, “surrounded by her immediate family and comforted by Hospice yesterday night”.
In regards to her illness, her family reported that she had breast cancer that had metastasized to vital organs in her body, but she chose to keep this information private.
In terms of her accomplishments, she was one of the very first female superheroes ever portrayed on television, with her Batgirl beating Linda Carter’s Wonder Woman to the screen by a decade. She was a mainstay of the third and final season of the 1966 Batman, with fans knowing her by her flashy outfit and her classic Batgirl Batcycle. Even years after the show went off the air, Craig remained attached to the character, even going on to film and promote a 1972 Public Service Announcement that fought for equal pay for women in the workplace, something that still goes on today.
After her run on Batman, she later went on to appear as one of the iconic green-skinned slave girls on Star Trek and also had a role on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Wild Wild West along with voice acting roles in her later years.
Neither of her co-stars, Adam West nor Burt Ward, have issued statements via social media or their official websites as of yet. But the internet has surely been abuzz with reactions to the passing of Yvonne Craig. Here are a handful of reactions from artists, actors, and comic book creators from around the web:
Here is Fransesco Francavilla’s stunning interpretation of Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl:
~~ BATGIRL ’66 ~~ In loving memory of the late, great Yvonne Craig. pic.twitter.com/4mGxFRnFzK
— FrancescoFrancavilla (@f_francavilla) August 19, 2015
Kevin Smith honors Yvonne Craig the only way he knows how:
Mark Millar wrote a post about Yvonne Craig’s passing:
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) August 19, 2015
Gail Simone expresses her sadness:
Yvonne Craig is the reason I became a comic writer. This is very, very hard. — GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) August 19, 2015
Lynda Carter posted this amazing image to say goodbye to her friend:
RIP Yvonne Craig. http://t.co/JQvPi1txM0
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) August 19, 2015