Yvonne Craig (TV's Batgirl): Young, Awesome, And Everywhere

By | October 8, 2019

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Yvonne Craig as Barbara Gordon and Batgirl on 'Batman,' 1967. Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

Yvonne Craig, the original Batgirl on the '60s Batman TV series, was a familiar face on some of the biggest shows of the 1960s, including Star Trek, where she played Marta the Orion slave girl, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and The Wild Wild West. Before she was actress, Craig was a real-deal ballerina, and while she didn’t manage to make a career out of dancing, her athletic skills allowed her to perform her own stunts on the cult series about the caped crusader.

While many celebrities don’t want to be remembered for their genre work, Craig was always happy to appear at fan conventions and speak with people who loved her work. Even though she only appeared on one season of Batman, she made quite impact. 

Before She Was Batgirl She Was A Ballerina

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Born in Illinois, Craig moved throughout the midwest until her family finally settled in Dallas. There she began studying dance at the age of 10. She was instructed at the Edith James School of Ballet by Alexandra Danilova, a Russian ballerina, who helped her get into the School of American Ballet in New York. At just 17 years of age, Craig was the youngest member of the touring Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, but as she began to lose her solos and fall out with members of the company, she decided to move on. In 1957, she packed her bags for California with her sights set on an acting career.