Yvonne Craig was a ballet dancer who was able to move into the movies and television and take on some geek-worthy roles: Batgirl in the “Batman” TV series and the infamous Orion slave girl Marta. Craig was 78.
As Batgirl, her alter-ego was Barbara Gordon, librarian and daughter of Commissioner Gordon (Neil Hamilton), and she appeared during the final season of the TV series (1967-1968). Although she worked with Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward), only Batman/Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred (Alan Napier) knew her true identity.
Born in Taylorville, Illinois, she grew up in Columbus, Ohio, training to be a ballet dancer. She was a member of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at one time and toured with them for three years as its youngest member.
She made a memorable appearance in the third and last season of TOS “Star Trek” as a green-skinned slave girl, Marta, who dances in the episode “Whom Gods Destroy.”
The year is stardate 5718.3 and the USS Enterprise is bringing a shipment of medicine to the planet Elba II. The surface of Elba II is poisonous to humans, but underground, it houses an asylum for the criminally insane. The medication will supposedly cure the inhabitants, however, when Kirk and Spock beam down the doctor in charge (Keye Luke) is actually one of the inmates, former starship Captain Garth of Izar (Steve Ihnat) who has learned shapeshifting.
Garth was Kirk’s personal hero but became insane due to injuries suffered in the line of duty. Garth attempts to trick Kirk and Spock.
Marta is the person who first alerts Kirk and Spock to Garth’s deception even though she loves him and under Garth’s command attempts to seduce Spock. Although she is named his consort, he kills her.
Green-skinned Orion slave girls are a fixture at Star Trek conventions and recur Star Trek.
Garth of Izar is the subject of an upcoming independent film project “Star Trek: Axanar.”
Craig has been being treated for breast cancer that had metastasized to her liver according to her official website obituary. In 2000, she wrote her autobiography, “From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond.” She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, her sister Meridel Carson and nephews Christoper and Todd. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to:
The Angeles Clinic Foundation by mail at 2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404 or by going into their website at www.theangelesclinicfoundation.org and following the “Donate” link.