Yvonne Craig as Batgirl (source: MeTV.com)
It was all over Facebook this morning: Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl on the Batman TV show as well as starring alongside Elvis in It Happened At The World’s Fair and Kissin’ Cousins, lost her battle with breast cancer this morning. She was 78.
She was added to the cast of Batman in the 1967-68 season. I was eleven going on twelve, and remember feeling uncomfortable the first time I saw her as Batgirl. Johnny was growing up… I thought she was gorgeous, and soon was seeing her everywhere, in reruns of old TV shows, on talk shows, and in the movies featured on the “3:30 Movie.” She was a busy actress in her early days, and though she didn’t show up as much after her Batgirl days, she stayed pretty busy.
Her family made a statement this morning, which included this paragraph:
Having spent time with her over these past months, she made her wishes known to me and made me promise I would pass them along. 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.
I think that’s the best way to remember anyone: celebrate their life, not mourn their death. Farewell, Yvonne, and thank you for all the memories.
MeTV will be showing a couple of Batman episodes this Saturday night; I don’t know if they’ll pre-empt their “Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night” or just show the episodes during Batman‘s regular time (7-8 PM Eastern). I’m sure I’ll be watching.