RIP Orion Slave Girl And Batgirl Yvonne Craig

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Yvonne Craig, the actress who played two of the most iconic female sci-fantasy characters of the 1960s died on Monday at her home in Pacific Palisades, her nephew, Christopher Carson, announced. She was 78.

Craig was best known for playing Batgirl to Adam West’s Batman in the wonderfully camp ’60s TV version of Batman. She joined the show in its third series and the sight of her in her spangly purple costume on her Batgirl Cycle soon became one of the highlights of any episode she appeared in.

Craig once recalled she was added to the show, “because they needed someone who could encourage an over-40 male audience and a prepubescent female audience. That’s the real reason why they hired me!”

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She also portrayed Marta, the green-skinned Orion slave girl with plans to kill Captain Kirk (William Shatner) in the third-season Star Trek episode, “Whom Gods Destroy”. Her groovy dance scene became the stuff of legend.

Born on 16 May 1937 Craig began her theatrical career as the youngest member of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo spending three years with them before being discovered by director John Ford’s son Patrick and cast in the lead role of the movie The Young Land (1959).

Other film work included appearing alongside Elvis Presley in It Happened At The World’s Fair (1963) and Kissin’ Cousins (1964) as well as The Gene Krupa Story (1959), By Love Possessed (1961), 7 Women From Hell (1961) and Ski Party (1965).

Other TV appearances included roles in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Fantasy Island, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, Land Of The Giants and The Wild Wild West.

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