Friday, August 21, 2015

RIP Yvonne Craig

I wanted to take a moment to today to mark the passing of actress Yvonne Craig.

Most genre fans will know her best as Batgirl from the 1960s Batman TV series with Adam West. The show was heading into a decline before her arrival and the character of Batgirl was added to help bring in a little spark. That era of the series held several of its more ridiculous plotlines (even for Batman), but I didn't mind. I liked the addition of Batgirl because I'm one of those geeks who always liked stories with many heroes involved. It was fun to see Craig as Batgirl interact with the likes of Adam West as Batman, Burt Ward as Robin, and Neil Hamilton as Commissioner Gordon, her father on the show.

Yvonne Craig also appeared in several other TV shows and movies. A notable appearance for science fiction fans was when she played Marta, a sexy Orion slave girl on the Star Trek episode, "Whom Gods Destroy."

Her legacy will live on. As Gail Simone, writer of several comics including Batgirl, stated: "Most of the joy in my current life can be traced back in some way to seeing Yvonne Craig be amazing as Batgirl, my first real life hero."

Here's a gem. This is a 1960s PSA for "equal pay" featuring the Batman cast. All except for Adam West, who declined to be part of the spot.

She was fun to watch. She will be missed. Already missed by many, no doubt.

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