Popular 1960s actress Francine York died last Friday, January 6, 2017. She passed away from cancer at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, CA. She was 80 years old.
York guest starred on the 1960s Batman TV series as Lydia Limpet, the Bookworm’s moll, in the first season of the show. As Lydia she used a boring book to lull Robin to sleep and then got a ride in the Batmobile.
York was born on August 26, 1936 in Aurora, Minnesota. When she was 9 years old she appeared in Cinderella at her elementary school. She also started writing short stories and later a three act play.
When she was 17 she won the local Miss Eveleth beauty contest and was a runner-up for Miss Minnesota. She pursued a career in modeling and became a showgirl at Frank Sennes’ Moulin Rouge on Sunset Boulevard.
Her film and TV career began in 1959 in an episode of Rescue 8. In the ’60s she was in Route 66, Shirley Temple’s Storybook, 77 Sunset Strip, The Nutty Professor, My Favorite Martian, Burke’s Law, Perry Mason, Gomer Pyle: USMC, The Red Skelton Hour, Lost in Space, It Takes a Thief, Green Acres, The Wild Wild West, and I Dream of Jeannie.
She was also in Land of the Giants, The Odd Couple, Bewitched, Adam-12, Kojak, Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, Mama’s Family, Mr. Belvedere, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, The Family Man, The King of Queens, and she was working on Ten Violent Women: Part Two, due out in 2017.