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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Venus Passing: Yvonne Craig 1937-2015




Another one of Agent Triple P's favourite fantasy women, when he was younger ,,has died.  Yvonne Craig was best known for her appearance as Batgirl in the third season of the sixties Batman TV (the annoying theme tune for which was written by Neil Hefti who composed the far more sophisticated score for a Triple P favourite, How to Murder Your Wife (1965).  It wasn't as the purple skin tight clad Batgirl that she made an impression on Triple P, however.  We weren't allowed to watch Batman when we were young as it was on ITV (commercial television) rather than the BBC and Triple P's parents didn't approve.






No, it was as the treacherous Marta, a green-skinned Orion slave girl in the Star Trek (Star Trek was on the BBC) episode Whom Gods Destroy that she first registered with Triple P, wearing one of Bill Theiss' incredible costumes.




Although Yvonne is best remembered for her many TV appearances in the sixties she originally trained as a ballerina and at the age of 17 became the youngest member of the The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, with whom she toured for three years.




She was discovered by a Hollywood agent at the age of 21 and made her first film The Young Land, one of three she shot in 1959. She had already appeared in some TV but made some more films including two with Elvis Presley who was her boyfriend for a time as a result.  Triple P remembers her as a ballerina in the James Coburn Bond spoof In Like Flint (1967).




Her dance training proved useful when she got the Batgirl role and enabled her to do many of her own stunts.  She appeared in a number of other popular TV shows in the sixties, including:  The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Laramie, Dr Kildare, Wagon train, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Land of the Giants and It Takes a Thief.  In the seventies she had roles in Kojak, Starsky and Hutch, The Six Million Dollar Man and Fantasy Island




After her acting roles dried up in the late seventies she worked as a real estate broker and started a phone card business with her sister.  In 2000 she wrote her autobiography Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond.




A splendid woman!

6 comments:

  1. What's up with her toe in the black and white boudoir shot? The big toe looks...truncated. Looks fine in the color bathtub hot.

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    1. Probably just an optical illusion although years or being en pointe as a ballerina can take it out of your toes.

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    2. If you look closely, her big toe is bent at the joint; you can see a little of her toe nail.

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  2. ¡Excelente resumen biográfico! I see her many times!

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  3. I don't think you could have seen 'Whom Gods Destroy' on the BBC when you were a child, Triple P, as it was one of four original series Star Trek episodes banned by the BBC, and as such wasn't screened by the BBC until 1994.

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