Yvonne Craig who will forever be remembered as Batgirl from the 1966 Batman television series passed away last night at the age of 78. She sadly lost her battle with cancer. Her family wrote this message to fans on her website that I think says it all.
For those who have known her personally, you already know what a down to earth, most exceptional person she was, so I’m sure you can understand this loss has touched all of our lives.
Yvonne was a very private person, so from the onset of her battle with cancer, she decided to share with immediate family and very close friends. She wanted to spend all of her energy concentrating on winning her battle. She was adamant about this and wanted to tell her story when she was cured and feeling better. We all respected that wish.
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.
She was able to travel the world and see many places. Yvonne spent quality time with those that she loved and was able to accomplish many goals and ambitions that she set for herself. Yvonne excelled in ballet, a film career, a business life, as well as in philanthropic and charity work over the years. She had been able to do this with joy and much laughter and she wouldn’t have changed a thing. Well, maybe one thing and that would have been not to get cancer.
Fight as she did; however, over the past two plus years, she still lost her battle with metastasized breast cancer that had gone to her liver. Her operation right before Christmas, removed portions of her liver and some tumors as well as her gallbladder (not infected but in the way) and honestly she never totally recovered from that and more malignancies showed up again much to our dismay.
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.
Please celebrate Yvonne in your own way and the work she has left behind for you to continue to remember her by and enjoy.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations 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.
While I had never had the pleasure of meeting her many friend had said that she was very delightful and very nice. She loved to meet her fans and while she knew that Batgirl had been her most memorable role and loved that people remembered her for it. She loved to meet fans and was always happy to talk to them.
While it is always sad when a childhood hero passes but as her family said she had a rich life that we can fondly remember her and she will always be the best screen Batgirl that the world will ever know. R.I.P. Yvonne Craig and thank you for bringing Batgirl to life.