Yvonne CraigYvonne Craig, who played Batgirl in the 1960s "Batman" series, died this week after a two-year battle with breast cancer at the age of 78.

If you trace the line of butt-kicking women in movies and TV all the way back, you'll find Craig right there at the beginning. She originated the role of Batgirl in the third and final season of "Batman" in 1967, ka-powing bad guys next to Adam West and Burt Ward. As a trained dancer, she even did her own stunts.

Before her acting career, Craig danced with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. She segued into acting, and appeared in television and movies — including two with Elvis Presley, "It Happened at the World's Fair" and "Kissin' Cousins." Along with her turn as Batgirl, Craig memorably danced as a green-skinned slave girl for Captain Kirk on "Star Trek."

Craig leaves behind her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, and sister, Meridel Carson.

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