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Yvonne Craig

Highest Rated:   91% Ballets Russes (2005)
Lowest Rated:   0% Mars Needs Women (1966)
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Birthplace:   Taylorville, Illinois, USA
American actress Yvonne Craig trained for a ballet career from age 10 onward. While in high school, Yvonne was accepted by George Balanchine for the School of American Ballet, but she chose instead to tour with the Ballet Russe. Stopping over in Los Angeles, Ms. Craig was approached by a producer asking if she'd like to be in movies. She turned him down, but was more responsive to Hollywood after she later broke her contract with the Ballet Russe. Yvonne's first film was The Young Land (1957), but it remained on the shelf for two years, thus Eighteen and Anxious (1957) was the moviegoers' first introduction to the actress. The Young Land earned Yvonne a contract with Columbia pictures, where because of her exotic looks and flowing black hair she was cast in teen-aged "femme fatale" roles, such as the seductress in The Gene Krupa Story (1960) (though quite thin, she was actually larger than her frail Krupa co-star Sal Mineo, which caused a minor crisis when the script called for Mineo to hold Yvonne in his arms). Amidst movie assignments of off-and-on quality, Yvonne tested for West Side Story, but lost out to Natalie Wood. She did, however, hold the distinction of appearing with Elvis Presley twice in It Happened at the World's Fair (1962) and Kissin' Cousins (1964). In 1967, Yvonne was called upon to replace an incapacitated Mary Ann Mobley as Batgirl (aka Barbara Gordon) on the once-popular TV series Batman. Ms. Craig did her best in a sketchily written part, and was proud of the fact that she handled her motorcycle-riding scenes without a double, but Batman was on its last legs, and was cancelled in early 1968. When acting roles became repetitive--and few and far between--Yvonne drifted out of show business, making her last film in 1971. She co-produced industrial shows for a time, then went into the real estate business, where she did quite well for herself. Though she did appear (at the producer's request) in a low-budget video film in 1991, Yvonne Craig elected not to play the Hollywood Game anymore, and was content to limit her public appearance to film-fan conventions and Batman retrospectives. In 2009, she returned to show business, voicing a character in the animated Olivia series. Craig died in 2015, at age 78.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
91% Ballets Russes
  • Actor
$0.8M 2005
No Score Yet Hollywood Screen Tests
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Diggin' Up Business
  • Lucille
1989
No Score Yet How to Frame a Figg
  • Glorianna
1971
75% In Like Flint
  • Natasha, the Ballerina
1967
No Score Yet Batgirl
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet One Spy Too Many
  • Maude Waverly
1966
0% Mars Needs Women
  • Dr. Marjorie Bolen
1966
No Score Yet Ski Party
  • Barbara Norris
1965
No Score Yet Advance to the Rear
  • Ora
1964
No Score Yet Kissin' Cousins
  • Azalea Tatum
1964
17% It Happened at the World's Fair
  • Dorothy Johnson
1963
No Score Yet Seven Women From Hell
  • Janet Cook
1961
No Score Yet By Love Possessed
  • Veronica Kovacs
1961
No Score Yet High Time
  • Randy Pruitt
1960
No Score Yet The Young Land
  • Elena de la Madrid
1959
44% Gidget
  • Nan
1959
No Score Yet The Gene Krupa Story
  • Gloria Corregio
1959
38% The Amazing Colossal Man
  • Ora
1957

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Marta
  • 1969
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Barbara Gordon/Batgirl
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966

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