1960s original Batgirl dies: Orginal Batgirl Dies

Published: August 19, 2015

1960s original Batgirl dies: Orginal Batgirl Dies, Yvonne Craig, best known for her role as Batgirl on the campy 1960s TV show “Batman,” has died. She was 78.

An obituary has been posted on the actress’s website, as well as a statement from her family.

According to her obituary, Craig had been battling breast cancer for more than two years. Her cause of death was complications from the disease that had metastasized to her liver. She passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades, California, under hospice care.

“She had been in chemo almost continuously for the past two-plus years since being diagnosed and that had weakened her immune system as well as her body,” read part of her family’s statement. “This didn’t dampen her sense of humor or her spirit, she intended to fight and win this battle. In the end, her mind still wanted to fight, but her body had given up.”

Craig joined the popular ABC TV series “Batman” during its third season as Commissioner Gordon’s daughter, Barbara – who moonlighted unbeknownst to everyone (even Batman and Robin) as Batgirl. Despite the infusion of Craig’s female-empowerment character, the series was canceled after that season.


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