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As you are most likely aware, Yvonne Craig, the actress who originated the roles of Barbara Gordon and Batgirl in the 1966 Batman TV series, passed away last week after a fight with cancer.

In light of this sad milestone, it would seem apt for scans_daily to join other fans around the world in mourning her loss, but also to celebrate the character she breathed life into, and set the standard for for decades to come.



Ms Craig had over 150 TV credits to her name, but she will perhaps be best remembered for two classic sci-fi/fantasy roles; Marta, the delusional, and tragic, Orion in the classic Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy" and, of course, Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl.

Here are parts of the short promo used to "sell" the character to the network, featuring a one time appearance by Killer Moth.



(I have to say I love the costume transformation, which was also reflected in the comic book version too.)

batgirl-carmine-infantino.jpg

A trained dancer, Ms Craig added a level of grace and high-kicking style to her fight scenes which, in all fairness to Messr's West, Ward and their stuntmen, was perhaps not the show's usual strong suit. The fact she was also a librarian allowed for both her to be seen instantly by the audience as someone who was very smart, and also to play with the stereotype of the "mousy librarian" as her secret identity.

The impact she had in creating the role of Batgirl in the public consciousness cannot be understated. More than a few creators have acknowledged just how much it meant to see a costumed superheroine on TV, at a time when such things were pretty much unheard of. Gail Simone's comments on Tumblr were particularly evocative.

Her Batgirl even rode a personalised motorcycle, even if we have to admit that it is perhaps the only crimefighting motorvehicle with actual lace trim.

batgirl-on-batgirlcycle.jpg

But we come to praise Ms Craig's contribution to the genre and the character she is best known for portraying.

So please, this week, post (or repost) your favorite Barbara Gordon Batgirl stories, Oracle would be fine too of course, but we have a lot of Oracle around already, let's pull out the oldies and reprints and post the ones that mean the most to you. There's a new tag made specially for this occasion, let's make it a one worthy of the original Dominoed Daredoll!

Date: 2015-08-24 09:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beyondthefringe
She had a laser which could destroy anything, and she didn't lead with that? o.0

The only problem I see with having civilian clothes which turn into a costume is that it leaves you with a limited wardrobe... and heaven forbid it gets damaged. :)

Date: 2015-08-24 10:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
This is a great idea! Yvonne Craig as Batgirl was fun, smart, and capable. She had Batman and Robin guessing about her and pulled the classic Bat-trick of disappearing all the time! ;)

I loved how Alfred was the only one who knew her secret identity, keeping it a secret even from Bruce and Dick.

Batgirl preceded even Wonder Woman as a live-action heroine on TV and delighted girls with her presence (and guys with her beauty!). :) She more than held her own with the Dynamic Duo and her character's introduction in the comics added another female hero to DC's pantheon.
Edited Date: 2015-08-24 10:56 pm (UTC)

How did I never notice...

Date: 2015-08-24 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] 7dialsmystery
...the Batgirl mobile had lace ruffles?

My favorite Batgirl moment came from a fan comic and is already posted here on scans_daily.

http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/4897487.html

Date: 2015-08-25 12:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] big_daddy_d
Yvonne is surely missed.... by far she has proven to be THE live action Batgirl, none have really taken her crown yet.

Date: 2015-08-25 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] lego_joker
A-yup.

Live-action Batman stuff these days are too scared to go for Robin, so I doubt we'll be seeing BG pop up again anytime soon.

Date: 2015-08-27 01:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] junipepper
I'm not sure what the creators intended with Batgirl -- to make the show sexier, maybe? It's hard for me to these guys going, "Hey, let's bring in a character that will empower little girls and open their minds to limitless possibilities; that'll bring in the advertising dollars..." But that's what it did. For girls like me, born in the 1960's, Batgirl was genuinely life-altering, just a total paradigm shift. I cried when I heard Yvonne Craig died. (Then I called my sister, who as a grown-up pretty much disdains superheroes, and she was crying too.)

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