Batgirl actress Yvonne Craig dies aged 78

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American ballet dancer and actress Yvonne Craig, best known for her role as Batgirl from the TV series 'Batman', 1967. (Photo by Len Trievnor/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

American ballet dancer and actress Yvonne Craig, best known for her role as Batgirl from the TV series ‘Batman’, 1967. (Photo by Len Trievnor/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Yvonne Craig, who played the sexy, crime-fighting Batgirl in the 1960s TV hit “Batman,” has died. She was 78.

Craig died Monday at her Los Angeles home of complications from breast cancer, her family said.

After beginning her career as a ballet dancer, she landed dozens of acting roles in TV shows in the early 1960s, as well as co-starring in two Elvis Presley films.

But she was best known for originating the role of Batgirl in the 1967-68 season of ABC’s “Batman,” and for an episode of the original “Star Trek,” as the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk.

In later years, Craig pursued various business ventures, but also did voiceover work, including the role of Grandma in the recent Nickelodeon cartoon series “Olivia.”