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Betsy Palmer (1926–2015)


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 ... See full bio »

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Known For

Friday the 13th Mrs. Voorhees
(1980)
Friday the 13th Part 2 Mrs. Voorhees
(1981)
Penny Dreadful Trudie Tredwell
(2005)
Queen Bee Carol Lee Phillips
(1955)

Filmography

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 2007 Bell Witch: The Movie
Bell Witch
 2006 Waltzing Anna
Anna Rhoades
 2005 Penny Dreadful
Trudie Tredwell
 2001 FreakyLinks (TV Series)
Betty
 2000 Hang Time (TV Series)
Sweet Old Lady
- A Night to Remember (2000) ... Sweet Old Lady
 1999 The Fear: Resurrection
Grandmother
 1998 Just Shoot Me! (TV Series)
Rhonda
- The Walk (1998) ... Rhonda
 1994 Unveiled
Eva
 1992 Still Not Quite Human (TV Movie)
Aunt Mildred
 1992 Deep Dish TV (TV Movie)
 1991 Columbo (TV Series)
Martha Lamarr
- Death Hits the Jackpot (1991) ... Martha Lamarr
 1989-1990 Knots Landing (TV Series)
Virginia Bullock
- You Can Call Me Nick (1990) ... Virginia Bullock
- What If? (1990) ... Virginia Bullock
- Dead But Not Buried (1990) ... Virginia Bullock
- Blind Side (1990) ... Virginia Bullock
- The One to Blame (1990) ... Virginia Bullock
 1985-1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Valerie / Lila Norris
- Something Borrowed, Someone Blue (1989) ... Valerie
- Sticks and Stones (1985) ... Lila Norris
 1988 Goddess of Love (TV Movie)
Hera
 1987-1988 Out of This World (TV Series)
Donna's Mom
- AKA: Dad (1988) ... Donna's Mom
- Uh, Oh... Here Comes Mother (1987) ... Donna's Mom
 1988 Windmills of the Gods (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Hart Brisbane
- Episode #1.2 (1988) ... Mrs. Hart Brisbane
- Episode #1.1 (1988) ... Mrs. Hart Brisbane
 1987 Newhart (TV Series)
Gayle Crowley
- Me and My Gayle (1987) ... Gayle Crowley
 1987 Charles in Charge (TV Series)
Gloria
- The Egg and Us (1987) ... Gloria
 1983 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Anne Armstrong
- Vengeance Is Mine (1983) ... Anne Armstrong (as Betsy Clark)
 1982 Maggie (TV Series)
Virginia Sullivan
- Maggie the Poet (1982) ... Virginia Sullivan
 1982 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Millicent Holton
 1981 Isabel's Choice (TV Movie)
Ellie Fineman
 1981 Friday the 13th Part 2
Mrs. Voorhees
 1980 Number 96 (TV Series)
Maureen Galloway (1980-1981)
 1980 CHiPs (TV Series)
Betsy Palmer
- The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 2 (1980) ... Betsy Palmer (uncredited)
- The Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 1 (1980) ... Betsy Palmer (uncredited)
 1980 Friday the 13th
Mrs. Voorhees
 1972 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Barbara Kreitman (segment "Love and the Ghost")
- Love and the Ghost/Love and the Out-of-Town Client/Love and the Secret Habit (1972) ... Barbara Kreitman (segment "Love and the Ghost")
 1968 A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer (TV Movie)
Nancy Aragon
 1954-1960 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Julie Bower / Mrs. Lizzie Newberry / Honoria McCord / ...
- Shame the Devil (1960) ... Julie Bower
- Game of Hearts (1960)
- The Wayward Widow (1959) ... Mrs. Lizzie Newberry
- The Enemies (1958) ... Honoria McCord
 1959 Our American Heritage (TV Series)
Catherine Miller
- The Practical Dreamer (1959) ... Catherine Miller
 1959 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
 1959 The Last Angry Man
Anna Thrasher
 1959 The Ballad of Louie the Louse (TV Movie)
Tina Adams
 1959 It Happened to Jane
Betsy Palmer - Panelist
 1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Kitty Duval / Emmy Verdon
- The Time of Your Life (1958) ... Kitty Duval
- No Time at All (1958) ... Emmy Verdon
 1958 The True Story of Lynn Stuart
Phyllis Carter - aka Lynn Stuart
 1956-1957 Climax! (TV Series)
Connie Rankin Hill / Fran Coates / Elizabeth
- A Matter of Life and Death (1957) ... Connie Rankin Hill
- Stain of Honor (1957) ... Fran Coates
- Burst of Violence (1956) ... Elizabeth
 1957 The Tin Star
Nona Mayfield
 1953-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Ann Meade / Edith Olmstead / Mimi / ...
- Mutiny on the Shark: Part 2 (1957) ... Ann Meade
- Mutiny on the Shark: Part 1 (1957) ... Ann Meade
- Goodbye Piccadilly (1956) ... Edith Olmstead
- A Guest at the Embassy (1954) ... Mimi
- The Role of a Lover (1954) ... Maureen Drew
 1954-1957 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Paula Ferris
- Rumblin' Galleries (1957) ... Paula Ferris
- Career Girl (1956)
- Starlet (1956)
- The Prizewinner (1955)
- Recoil (1954)
 1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Ann Fenn
- Protege (1957) ... Ann Fenn
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
- The Real Thing (1956)
 1956 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Suzanne Becker (1982)
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- Summer Promise (1956) ... (uncredited)
 1953-1956 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Janice Gans / Virginia
- The Starlet (1956)
- The Ghost Writer (1955) ... Janice Gans
- Marty (1953) ... Virginia
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series)
Emily
- Strange Suspicion (1956) ... Emily
 1955 Queen Bee
Carol Lee Phillips
 1955 Mister Roberts
Lt. Ann Girard
 1955 Death Tide
Gloria
 1955 The Long Gray Line
Kitty Carter
 1954 Janet Dean, Registered Nurse (TV Series)
The Jinx Nurse
- The Jinx Nurse Case (1954) ... The Jinx Nurse
 1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Intermission Guest
- A Medal for Benny (1954) ... Intermission Guest
- Captive City (1954)
 1954 The Web (TV Series)
- The Bait (1954)
 1954 Inner Sanctum (TV Series)
Karen
- Dark of the Night (1954) ... Karen
 1953 Campbell Summer Soundstage (TV Series)
 1953 Danger (TV Series)
 1953 I'll Buy That (TV Series)
Assistant
 1951 Martinsville, U.S.A. (TV Series)
Unknown (1951)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Lee Kalcheim's play, "Breakfast with Les and Bess," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA, with Keith Charles in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Betsy Clark

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[Getting the role of Pamela Voorhees in Friday the 13th (1980)] My agent called and said "How'd you like to do a movie?" Great! I had not done a movie in years, California? No, it's going to be shot in New Jersey, and it's ten days work, [I'll] make $1,000 a day. But there's a catch: It's a horror film. I said "Oh no! It's bad enough I'm known as a game show player on I've Got a Secret (1952). I ... See more »

Trivia:

Had left acting in the 1970s, to return to Broadway. See more »

Trademark:

Natural blonde hair See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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