05-16 Happy birthday to the late Yvonne Craig, Born: May 16, 1937 and passed away on August 17, 2015.
Yvonne Joyce Craig was an actress and former ballerina from Taylorville, Illinois who is most famous for her role as Batgirl in the 1967-68 season of Batman. After this series came to an end, she appeared on Star Trek: The Original Series, playing Marta in the episode “Whom Gods Destroy”.
In 1964, she was considered for the role of Vina in the first Star Trek pilot, “The Cage”, mostly due to her dancing skills, before the role went to Susan Oliver.
Among her several other television appearances was a guest spot in an episode of Fantasy Island, a series that starred Ricardo Montalban. Other series she appeared on include Dr. Kildare, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Mannix.
Craig also also had supporting roles in a handful of films, including 1959’s Gidget and The Gene Krupa Story, both featuring actor James Darren.
In the early 1960s Craig was the girlfriend of Elvis Presley and co-starred with him in two films, It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) and Kissin’ Cousins (1964).
In 1967, she appeared in the film In Like Flint, opposite her “Whom Gods Destroy” cast mate Steve Ihnat.
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