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Yvonne Joyce Craig (16 May 193717 August 2015; age 78) 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. [1]

Among her several other television appearances was a guest spot in an episode of Fantasy Island, a series that starred Ricardo Montalban. She also guested as a time-traveling alien in Land of the Giants, starring Don Marshall. Other series she appeared on include Dr. Kildare, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and Mannix.

Craig also had supporting roles in a handful of films, including 1959's Gidget and The Gene Krupa Story, both featuring actor James Darren. The latter film also featured Lawrence Dobkin, Susan Oliver, and Stanley Adams.

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). The first also starred Gary Lockwood and featured Pete Kellett, Guy Raymond, and Bill Quinn, while the latter was directed by Gene Nelson and included Teri Garr in the cast.

In 1967, she appeared in the film In Like Flint, opposite her "Whom Gods Destroy" castmate Steve Ihnat.

Craig later retired from acting and went into real estate.

On 17 August 2015 Craig passed away due to complications from breast cancer. [2] [3]

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