Betsy Palmer

Betsy Palmer

Highest Rated: 100% The Long Gray Line (1955)

Lowest Rated: 0% Waltzing Anna (2006)

Birthday: Nov 01, 1926

Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana, USA

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 67% Bell Witch: The Movie Bell Witch (Character) - 2007
0% 18% Waltzing Anna Anna Rhoades (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 74% Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film Herself (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 24% The Fear: Halloween Night Grandmother (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Still Not Quite Human Aunt Mildred (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 12% Goddess of Love Hera (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 43% Windmills of the Gods Mrs. Hart Brisbane (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Isabel's Choice Ellie Fineman (Character) - 1981
27% 48% Friday the 13th, Part 2 Mrs. Pamela Voorhees (Character) - 1981
64% 61% Friday the 13th Mrs. Pamela Voorhees (Character) $60.5M 1980
No Score Yet 50% The Last Angry Man Anna Thrasher (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The True Story of Lynn Stuart Phyllis Carter aka Lynn Stuart (Character) - 1958
83% 72% The Tin Star Nona Mayfield (Character) - 1957
92% 84% Mister Roberts Lt. Ann Girard (Character) - 1955
100% 76% The Long Gray Line Kitty Carter (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 58% Queen Bee Carol Lee Phillips (Character) - 1955

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Shoot Me Rhonda (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo Martha Lamarr (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Knots Landing Unknown (Character) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charles in Charge Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1974 1970 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956-1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Ann Fenn (Character) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Naomi (Character) 1954-1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Ellen Morrison (Character) 1953

QUOTES FROM Betsy Palmer CHARACTERS

Mrs. Voorhees says: Jason was my son, and today is his birthday.

Mrs. Voorhees says: Look what you did to him

Mrs. Voorhees says: Look what you did to him!

Jack says: Kill her mommy, KILL HER

Mrs. Voorhees says: Kill her, Mommy! Kill her!

Mrs. Voorhees says: (in a child's voice; in the distance) - Help me...Heeeeelp me!...Help me.

Mrs. Voorhees says: (in a child's voice; in the distance) - Help me. Help me! Help me.

Mrs. Voorhees says: She can't hide; no place to hide.

Mrs. Voorhees says: You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday...

Mrs. Voorhees says: You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday.

Mrs. Voorhees says: You let him drown! You never paid any attention. Look what you did to him. (pulls out a large hunting knife) Look what you did to him!

Mrs. Voorhees says: (in a high voice) - Kill her, Mommy! Kill her! Don't let her get away, Mommy! Don't let her live! (in a normal voice) I won't, Jason. I won't!

Mrs. Voorhees says: (in a high voice) Kill her, Mommy! Kill her! Don't let her get away, Mommy! Don't let her live! (in a normal voice) I won't, Jason. I won't!

Alice says: Who are you?

Mrs. Voorhees says: Why I'm...I'm Mrs. Voorhees, an old friend of the Christys'.

Mrs. Voorhees says: Why I'm, I'm Mrs. Voorhees, an old friend of the Christys'.

Mrs. Voorhees says: Come, dear. It'll be easier for you than it was for Jason.

Mrs. Voorhees says: (seeing Brenda's dead body) - Oh, good Lord! ...So young...So pretty. Oh, what monster could have done this?

Mrs. Voorhees says: (seeing Brenda's dead body) Oh, good Lord! So young. So pretty. Oh, what monster could have done this?

Alice says: Bill's out there.

Mrs. Voorhees says: Did you know a young boy drowned the year before those two others were killed? The counselors weren't paying any attention...They were making love while that young boy drowned. His name was Jason. I was working the day that it happened; preparing meals...here. I was the cook. Jason should've been watched; every minute. He was...He wasn't a very good swimmer. We can go now...dear.

Mrs. Voorhees says: Did you know a young boy drowned the year before those two others were killed? The counselors weren't paying any attention. They were making love while that young boy drowned. His name was Jason. I was working the day that it happened, preparing meals here. I was the cook. Jason should've been watched every minute. He was. He wasn't a very good swimmer. We can go now dear.

Mrs. Voorhees says: You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday...