Betsy Palmer

Born Patricia Betsy Hrunek in Indiana in 1926, actress Betsy Palmer was a graduate of DePaul University. Palmer's very first acting job came in 1951 when she discovered at a party in the apartment of Frank Sutton, an ... Read more »
Born: 11/01/1926 in East Chicago, Indiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film 2007 (Movie)

On-Camera Interview (Actor)

Waltzing Anna 2006 (Movie)

Anna Rhoades (Actor)

Super Secret Movie Rules 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Freakylinks 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hang Time 1995 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert Reed: Unfinished Business 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fear: Halloween Night 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Knots Landing 1979 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Charles in Charge (Syndicated) 1986 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Death Hits the Jackpot 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Deep Dish TV 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1986, 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Goddess of Love 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Sidney Sheldon's "Windmills of the Gods" 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Today at 35 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Friday the 13th - Part 3 1982 (Movie)

Mrs. Voorhees (Actor)

Friday the 13th Part 2 1981 (Movie)

Mrs. Voorhees (Actor)

Number 96 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Candid Camera 1974 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Friday the 13th 1980 (Movie)

Mrs. Voorhees (Actor)

I've Got a Secret 1951 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Candid Camera 1960 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

It Happened to Jane 1959 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Last Angry Man 1958 (Movie)

Anne Thrasher (Actor)

The Tin Star 1957 (Movie)

Nona Mayfield (Actor)

The True Story of Lynn Stuart 1956 (Movie)

Phyllis Carter (Actor)

Mister Roberts 1955 (Movie)

Lieutenant Ann Girard (Actor)

Queen Bee 1955 (Movie)

Carol Lee Phillips (Actor)

The Long Gray Line 1955 (Movie)

Kitty Carter (Actor)

Marty 1952 - 1953 (TV Show)

Actor

Isabel's Choice (TV Show)

Actor

Kraft Television Theater (TV Show)

Actor

Still Not Quite Human (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Born Patricia Betsy Hrunek in Indiana in 1926, actress Betsy Palmer was a graduate of DePaul University. Palmer's very first acting job came in 1951 when she discovered at a party in the apartment of Frank Sutton, an actor later known for his work on the sitcom "Gomer Pyle USMC" (CBS 1964-69). At the time Palmer had only been in New York City for one week. She was soon cast in a daily soap opera called "Miss Susan," produced in Philadelphia. In 1953 Palmer developed the role of Virginia in the teleplay of Paddy Chayefsky's "Marty." The story was Chayefsky's attempt to tell the story of an honest, regular-looking everyguy looking for love. Palmer next played Kitty Carter in "The Long Gray Line" (1955), starring Maureen O'Hara. That same year she had the female lead in the World War II comedy "Mister Roberts" (1955) starring Henry Fonda and Jack Lemmon. Palmer was a longtime guest on the popular show "I've Got a Secret" (CBS 1952-1967), but, perhaps most famously Palmer was cast as Mrs. Voorhees, Jason's mother, in the original "Friday the 13th" (1980). Palmer initially derided the film as garbage and claimed she only took the job so she could afford to buy a new car. The film's wide enduring appeal was a huge surprise, and Palmer reprised her role with chagrin in the film's sequel, although she refused to appear in "Freddy vs. Jason" (2003) because of the low pay rate she was offered. In 2015 Palmer died in Danbury, CT of natural causes. She was 88.

EDUCATION

DePaul University

Milestones

1980

Played Mrs. Voorhees in "Friday the 13th"

1958

'Joined cast of quiz show "I've Got A Secret"

1955

Played the female lead opposite Henry Fonda in the comedy "Mister Roberts."

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