Thursday, May 16, 2013

Happy Birthday,Yvonne Craig!

Happy birthday to Yvonne Craig, perhaps best known for portraying Batgirl/Barbara Gordon on the Batman TV series from the 60s. Being a child of the 60s, I was most definitely a member of the original TV generation, and TV sure was a lot more fun and friendly back then! Batman was probably my favourite live-action show as a kid, and I suspect that Yvonne Craig's Batgirl was my first prepubescent crush. Though quite sexy in her batsuit, Yvonne also played her as very demure and feminine. I thought she was just adorable. 
In later years I would take notice of Yvonne in the various guest spots she made on a lot of other series as well, usually small but memorable roles. Now that I'm enjoying so many of these great shows on DVD, I've been able seek out a lot her guest spots on my favourite series like Mannix and Wild, Wild West.

Here's a montage above of shots of Yvonne alongside Robert Vaughn in One of Our Spies is Missing, one of the several Man From U.N.C.L.E movies that was created by cobbling together episodes of the TV series. I used video reference from this appearance as the basis for my caricature of Yvonne, although the yellow turtleneck I grabbed from some other pics I found of her. 

She was certainly best known for playing Batgirl, but I'm sure many Star Trek fans hold her in high esteem for her memorable role as the green, dancing, slave girl, Marta in the episode, Whom Gods Destroy:

Though primarily a TV actress in later years, Yvonne did do a few movies earlier in her career. Probably her best known movie is the 1964 Elvis Presley film, Kissin' Cousins, in which she and equally lovely Pamela Austin play a couple of cute backwoods sisters who fall for Air Force officer Elvis. Off screen, Yvonne and Elvis were dating at the time.

Yvonne still does a few personal appearances at fan events in tribute to her Batgirl role. I'm hoping that she'll make it to Toronto's Fan Expo someday so I can meet her! Happy Birthday, Yvonne!

9 comments:

Jeff Cooke said...

Great write-up!

Pete Emslie said...

Thanks Jeff - I've been enjoying your Batstuff FB site. I'm going to add a link to it from this blog.

islandheroes said...

She played Batgirl and the dancing green Star Trek girl!? Wow!

Tony DiStefano said...

great job! Love to see the rough pencil sketch.

Roberto Severino said...

Your drawings are still just as great as I remember them. It's been quite a while since I last stopped by.

Jett said...

Ive always loved her Batgirl. I remember sitting bolt upright, eyes wide when I first saw a cool GIRL superhero. AND she rode a motorcycle! SO cool!

Natalie Belton said...

Since you did Batgirl, have you drawn a caricature of Eartha Kitt as Catwoman? I would love to see that.

Pete Emslie said...

Hi Natalie,

I haven't drawn Eartha Kitt, but I did do this caricature of Julie Newmar when she was at Fan Expo a few years back. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_HR3JtqIfTiE/TH_dq53RLHI/AAAAAAAABmY/Keb3OhpvDuo/s1600/Julie+Newmar+Caricature.jpg

islandheroes said...

nice!