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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1 November 1926East Chicago, Indiana, USA
Birth NamePatricia Betsy Hrunek
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Betsy Palmer was born Pamela Betsy Hrunek on November 1, 1926 in East Chicago, Indiana. She is probably best known for playing Jason Voorhees' mother in the horror film Friday the 13th (1980), but her career as an actress began many years before. Palmer was encouraged to play a young female officer co-starring with Jack Lemmon in Mister Roberts (1955) and in another war film the same year, The Long Gray Line (1955). Throughout the late 1950s, Palmer was recognized as a news reporter on Today (1952) on NBC, then became largely involved in television; from then on she remained in made-for-TV films and notable guest appearances, and then appearing in the horror film Friday the 13th (1980), but continued on with television. Her film The Fear: Resurrection (1999) did not make much impact. Palmer today often spends her time between her home in New York City and Sedona, Arizona. She apparently was offered the role of Jason Voorhees' mother in Jason X (2001), but turned it down and said to use her original footage from Friday the 13th (1980).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Dr. Vincent Joseph Merendino (8 May 1954 - 18 September 1974) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (5)

Blonde hair.
Sparkling blue eyes.
Voluptous figure.
Her deep, sexy voice.
The role of Mrs. Pamela Voorhees in the movie Friday the 13th (1980)

Trivia (11)

Her daughter, Missy, was born in the autumn of 1962. Betsy's husband was a practicing pediatrician.
Was asked to reprise her role of Mrs. Pamela Voorhees in Freddy vs. Jason (2003) but turned it down because she felt the part was too small of a role for her. The role went to Paula Shaw.
Stated that she never would have played the role of Mrs. Pamela Voorhees in Friday the 13th (1980) if it weren't for the fact that she was in desperate need of a new car.
2006 Best Actress Winner: Terror Film Festival for Penny Dreadful (2005).
The first name of her daughter, Missy, was Melissa.
Was once a chauffeur for Mady Christians, and once a professional secretary.
Often spends her time between her home in New York City and Sedona, Arizona.
Lived with James Dean for eight months.
Was nominated for a 1974 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist for her performance in William Inge's "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" at the Ivanhoe Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
Studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
After the 1960s led her primarily to game shows and talk shows, and away from theater and film, Palmer spent almost the entire 1970s appearing in touring, regional and stock theater productions of Broadway plays and musicals, most notably the King and I, Annie, Cactus Flower, and Same Time Next Year.

Salary (1)

Friday the 13th (1980) $10,000 ($1,000/day)

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