In what is proving to be a very sad year for Trek fans, yet another star has passed: Yvonne Craig, who guest starred in the episode Whom Gods Destroy as the green Orion slave girl Marta. While we love her for the spunk and energy she brought to the episode, Craig much more widely known for her role as Batgirl in the Adam West Batman TV series.
Craig’s connection to Trek didn’t start as a minion to Garth of Izar. She was a finalist for the role of Vina in the original pilot The Cage, a role which would have likewise required her to green up as an Orion.
Although she would see further success as an actress, appearing in two films with Elvis Presley (whom she was dating at the time) and several TV shows, Craig eventually retired from acting and went into real estate.
Various stars and fans tweeted out their love and fondness for Craig.
Sad to learn of Yvonne's passing. As Batgirl she was one of America's sweethearts.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 19, 2015
#YvonneCraig R.I.P forever young "Batgirl" Brought smiles to my childhood
— Tony Todd (@TonyTodd54) August 19, 2015
— tara strong (@tarastrong) August 19, 2015
One hopes that Star Trek Beyond will feature an Orion girl with the name Yvonne as a nod to the departed actress.