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Birth Name: Yvonne Joyce Craig
Born: May 16, 1937 in Taylorville, Illinois, USA.
Spouse #1: Jimmy Boyd (1960-1962) [divorced]
Spouse #2: Kenneth Aldrich (1988-present)
Height: 5' 4"
Dancing was her thing. As a young teenager, Yvonne Craig showed a
lot of promise as a dancer, and was accepted to Denham's Ballet Russe
de Monte Carlo. She left the company in 1957 over a disagreement
on casting changes. She made the move to Los Angeles to continue
dancing, but was instead cast in movies. Initially, Craig had
small parts in popular films like "Gidget" and "The Gene Krupa Story"
(both 1959). After that, her film career just kind of rolled
Dating music and movie legend Elvis Presley
helped. Craig got supporting parts in two of his movies: "It
Happened at the World's Fair" (1963), and "Kissin' Cousins"
(1964). The latter was hugely successful for Craig and is her
second most popular role (the first being Batgirl).
Yvonne Craig's greatest fame came with the
role of Batgirl in TVs "Batman" series. Craig joined the cast for
the 1967-1968 season, which also turned out to be the last season of
the show. Despite the fact that Batgirl came into the series
late, the character of Batgirl is still highly applauded by audiences
all over the world.
Initially, Batgirl was to have her own series.
"Batman" and "Batgirl" would have many cross-over episodes. The
"Batgirl" series never happened, although an unaired pilot from 1967
was made. Instead, Batgirl became a regular character in the
"Batman" series. Craig's ballet skills were very important to her
portrayal of the character. Since Batgirl wasn't as physical as
Batman or Robin, she spent a lot of the time avoiding bad guys through
After "Batman" was cancelled, Craig was fortunate to
get other work. She gave many popular guest appearances in shows
like "It Takes a Thief", "The Mod Squad", "Star Trek" (the very popular
role of Marta), "Love, American Style", "Mannix", "The Six Million
Dollar Man", "Starsky & Hutch", and "Fantasy Island". As her
acting career wound down, Craig took up real estate. The bulk of
her acting was done by 1983. She did have a role in the 1990
film, "Diggin' Up Business", but didn't appear again until the 2009
animated series, "Olivia", as the voice of Grandma.
In September of 2000, Craig released her
autobiography, "From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond".