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'Batgirl' Actress Yvonne Craig Dies

  • Associated Press

FILE - Actress Yvonne Craig poses on the set of "The Gene Krupa Story," in Los Angeles, Calif., July 11, 1959.

FILE - Actress Yvonne Craig poses on the set of "The Gene Krupa Story," in Los Angeles, Calif., July 11, 1959.

Yvonne Craig, who played the sexy, crime-fighting Batgirl in the 1960s TV hit “Batman,” has died. She was 78.

Craig died Monday at her Los Angeles home of complications from breast cancer, her family said.

After beginning her career as a ballet dancer, she landed dozens of acting roles in TV shows in the early 1960s, as well as co-starring in two Elvis Presley films.

But she was best known for originating the role of Batgirl in the 1967-68 season of ABC's “Batman,” and for an episode of the original “Star Trek,” as the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk.

In later years, Craig pursued various business ventures, but also did voiceover work, including the role of Grandma in the recent Nickelodeon cartoon series “Olivia.”

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