Yvonne Craig
By: David Smay | Categories: HiLo Heroes, Movies


Without question, YVONNE CRAIG (born 1937) had the coolest TV credits of the Sixties: Batman, Mission: Impossible, Star Trek, 77 Sunset Strip, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Wild Wild West. Even knowing that she was a trained dancer, it was startling to see her pop up in the documentary Ballet Russe. On the Sixties nerdboy’s pinup girl rankings she’d come in third — just behind Diana Rigg as Mrs. Peel, and Julie Newmar as Catwoman. But how could you choose between Yvonne’s two iconic roles, each so distinct and delectable: The Green-Skinned Girl on Star Trek or Batgirl? Oh yeah, and she dated Elvis.


On his or her birthday, HiLobrow irregularly pays tribute to one of our high-, low-, no-, or hilobrow heroes. Also born this date: Chester Brown, Tori Spelling, Studs Terkel, Margret Rey, Jonathan Richman.

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David Smay is the co-editor of two books about pop music, Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth, and Lost in the Grooves. He's also the author of Swordfishtrombones, the 33 1/3 series entry on Tom Waits. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.