European Stars And Stripes Newspaper Archives Oct 29 1967, Page 12

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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - October 29, 1967, Darmstadt, HesseThere is a Bat girl puff Survey convinced producers they needed Bat girl for girl viewers of course. By Sid Schapiro is new York Bureau Don t panic Bat girl the caped Utle has joined Batman the caped crusader on television. But there s no Romance holy pow Der puff just Good clean crime fighting As the dynamic duo becomes the terrific Trio in combating Gotham City s evildoers. Costars Adam West and Burt Ward now have the help of curvy Yvonne Craig in her dual role As Barbara Gor Don and Bat girl with her real identity concealed even from Batman and Robin. The Green eyed miss Craig 29, a for Mer Ballet dancer five foot four an weighing 110 pounds is adding some new kicks to the weekly series now in its third year on the american Broad casting company network. Bat girl is attired in a colourful costume a fancy jump suit of purple stretch Latex a Gold lined purple Cape purple boots and gloves Bat cowl and a Utility Belt carrying an assortment of crime fighting gadgets including a laser beam compact. The other Day miss Craig related at a new York press conference., i was listening to one of those hippie stations in los Angeles and the announcer said the color purple has the most vibrations. In that Case i must be i Bra Ling like crazy 12 the costume gives me a powerful feeling like i Rule the world says Yvonne Craig. The stars and stripes Bat girl she wears a red wig Over her close cropped Brown hair. She confessed to a certain inner transformation when donning her form fitting 35 a 21-34i/2 outfit. I feel real Slinky and sexy Yvonne said. The costume give3 me a powerful feeling like i Rule the however she quickly added make no mistake about it it s strictly Femin Ine. Instead of karate chops i employ Ballet techniques like High kicks she s adroit but net violent declaring you can t look feminine going around clobbering the dynamic duo has become a terrific Trio. A program executive pointed out that a Survey convinced us that we needed a Bat girl for the Batman show when it turned out we had a Strong following among Young boys but not among Young he left no doubt that the producers were not overlooking the daddies turning on the sexy super heroine. I Yvonne catches up on adventures of her comic Book counterpart. Illinois born Yvonne was raised in Columbus Ohio and Dallas Tex. In August 1960, she married Jimmy Boyd who got his show business Start singing i saw Mommy kissing Santa they were divorced 20 months later. Since she leaps around a lot Yvonne thinks perhaps her Ballet training was a Factor in getting the Bat girl role. She studied Ballet in Dallas and new York. At 16, she was accepted for the Ballet russe and later toured three years with that company. The worst part of a Ballet dancer s life is touring by bus. You get. Tied up like a pretzel and can t move for can still Tell you when it s going to rain from injuries i received in those three Yvonne recalled How incensed she so when signed for a movie part at s750 a week and screamed at her agent How dare they pay that kind of Money when those poor girls in the Ballet work so hard for $85 a week she still keeps up with her ballot but got mad All Over again not so Long ago after seeing what the Camerman and director did with her ballot number in the film in like i worked and sweated and bruised myself for that but it was shot so far Back nobody could see me or the Batman zips around in a but Mobil but Bat girl comes screeching to the scene of the crime in a customized Bat Cycle a Jazzy motorcycle with purple bal fins trimmed in White Luce a Gold fringed seat and a Large Gold Bow on tieback. As comic buffs know the beguiling Bat girl is really the myopic daughter of police commissioner Gordon. She has returned from College As the Story Lin goes and is employed As a librarian. Even her father does t know his Book worm offspring is a worm that turns. She has her own split level secret room Bat girl s version of the Bat Cave has flashing lights and an Iris like exit leading to the Bat Cycle. At the signal off she zooms on her War against the forces of evil. Bat girl does t pow and slam opponents but is so agile she slips away from them. The twinkle in her eyes indicated Yvonne is having a Ball doing the show. I had never seen anything like it she said referring to the first time she had seen Batman and Robin on Hertz screen. I did t quite know what to think then she admitted but now i love the show there Are so Many fun things about it. It s wild and bizarre. Playing Bat girl is not the biggest acting Challenge of my life. But it is she recalled what happened when the Batman producer was preparing a 15 minute film to show the network How Bat girl would fit into the show s for mat. "1 got mixed up in my dialogue. After referring to Batman i turned and called Robin the boy wonder Bat boy. I was t trying to be cute. It was just a natural reaction. It seems Auto Matic to have a Batman and a sunday october 294 1967. The stars and stripes after her debut in motion pictures in 1959, a Small part in the Youngland there came a Long period of Tel Evision commercials unemployment insurance checks and Small roles in number of other films and to shows eluding live "77 Sunset strip segments for producer Howard Horwit who Isnow producer of Batman and thought of miss Craig when casting Bat girl. What about a Romance no said Horwitz. Batman is too Square. His life is devoted to crime fight ing. He just does t have Bat girl sighed. Page 13

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