RIP: Yvonne Craig — Farewell, Batgirl
Another icon of my youth passed away on Monday of this week—Yvonne Craig. As Batgirl in the 1960s Batman TV series, Ms. Craig gave me my first impressions that girls could be both tough AND cool. Here she is in a 1966 PSA for the Federal Equal Pay Law (which, sadly, is still a bone of contention nearly 50 years later).
She also had a memorable role as an Orion in the original series Star Trek episode “Whom Gods Destroy” and appeared in episodes of many other classic TV shows (including The Man From U.N.C.L.E, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Land of the Giants, and The Six Million Dollar Man).
Thank you, Ms. Craig, for being the first heroine I ever wanted to be. With her Bat-cycle and that snazzy purple Bat-jumpsuit, she was CLEARLY the coolest of the trio.