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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 1 November 1926East Chicago, Indiana, USA
Date of Death 29 May 2015Danbury, Connecticut, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NamePatricia Betsy Hrunek
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Betsy Palmer was 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 born Patricia Betsy Hrunek in East Chicago, Indiana, to Marie (née Love), who launched the Chicago Business College, and Rudolph Vincent Hrunek, a Czech-born industrial chemist. Palmer played a young female officer opposite Jack Lemmon in Mister Roberts (1955), and appeared 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. She remained in made-for-TV films and notable guest appearances, before playing the murderous avenging mother, Mrs. Voorhees, in the horror film Friday the 13th (1980). She also continued working in television, and appearing in low-budget films like The Fear: Resurrection (1999). Palmer spent her later years between her home in New York City and Sedona, Arizona.

Betsy Palmer died of natural causes on a Friday, May 29, 2015, at a hospice care center in Danbury, Connecticut.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Dr. Vincent Joseph Merendino (8 May 1954 - 18 September 1971) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (13)

Had one daughter with Dr. Vincent J. Merendino: Melissa "Missy" Merendino (born 1962).
Was asked to reprise her role of Mrs. Pamela Voorhees in Freddy vs. Jason (2003) but turned down because she felt the role was too small 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 had not been for the fact that she was in desperate need of a new car.
Best known for her role as Mrs. Pamela Voorhees in the horror film Friday the 13th (1980).
Won the 2006 Best Actress Award at the Terror Film Festival for Penny Dreadful (2005).
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.
Attended and graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.
Studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Became friends with Joan Crawford when they worked together in the drama film Queen Bee (1955), and remained so, until her death in 1977.
Attended the 25th Anniversary "Friday the 13th" Convention on May 13 and 14, 2005 in her trademark Mrs. Voorhees sweater at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles, California.
Was nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist in William Inge's "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (1974).

Salary (1)

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

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