Betsy Palmer

Betsy Palmer

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

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Nov 1, 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.

Highest rated movies

The Long Gray Line
Mister Roberts
The Tin Star
Friday the 13th Friday the 13th, Part 2
Waltzing Anna




No Score Yet 67% Bell Witch: The Movie Bell Witch (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 74% Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film Self - 2006
0% 18% Waltzing Anna Anna Rhoades (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 43% Windmills of the Gods Mrs. Hart Brisbane (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 12% Goddess of Love Hera (Character) - 1988
27% 48% Friday the 13th, Part 2 Mrs. Pamela Voorhees (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Isabel's Choice Ellie Fineman (Character) - 1981
63% 60% 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% 73% The Tin Star Nona Mayfield (Character) - 1957
93% 85% Mister Roberts Lt. Ann Girard (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 57% Queen Bee Carol Lee Phillips (Character) - 1955
100% 76% The Long Gray Line Kitty Carter (Character) - 1955


No Score Yet 33% Just Shoot Me Rhonda (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 84% Columbo Martha Lamarr (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Knots Landing Unknown (Character) 1990
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet 0% Charles in Charge Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1968 1970 1974
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