Yvonne Craig, the actress best known for playing Batgirl in the 1960s Batman TV series, has sadly passed away at the age of 78.
The news came in the form of a heartfelt family statement, posted on the actress's website by her family. The statement read that the star had suffered from breast cancer, which had unfortunately spread to her liver.
Heartbreakingly, the statement informs us that "although her mind still wanted to fight but her body had given up," but she did leave two wishes behind assuring fans of her love for them and a request which I am sure many of us will carry out.
"Wish Number One, is that her family, friends and fans would know how much she loved them and always treasured her time with them. Wish Number Two, was that no one waste a moment of their time in mourning for her loss in sadness but instead celebrate the awesome life she had been fortunate enough to live. She felt that she lived a wonderful life and was blessed in many ways."
Yvonne had a glittering career, and was exceptionally talented. Beginning her career at The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Yvonne was able to utilize her skills and grace as a dancer to star alongside Adam West's Batman. She also endeared herself to sci-fi fans, starring as the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Shatner's Captain Kirk, in the third season of Star Trek.
She oozed charisma, and even starred opposite the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, in two films: It Happened at the World's Fair and Kissin' Cousins.
However, it was as Barbara Gordon, the librarian who secretly moonlights as the crime fighting Batgirl, that Yvonne truly won our hearts. "Kapowing" her way through the streets of Gotham alongside Robin (Burt Ward) and Batman (Adam West), Craig joined the hit TV show in its third and final season, becoming an instant fan favorite. It is as this character that we will fondly remember her.
"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.
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."
Yvonne passed away Monday at her home in the Pacific Palisades, surrounded by her loved ones. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, sister Meridel Carson and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson, but also everlasting as Batgirl.
You can read the full family statement here.