Betsy Palmer

Betsy Palmer

  • Highest Rated: 100% Marty (1955)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Waltzing Anna (2006)
  • Birthday: Nov 1, 1926
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Direct from Chicago's DePaul University, Betsy Palmer underwent intensive training at New York's Actors Studio, supporting herself as a secretary. She made her professional bow in stock in Wisconsin and Illinois in 1950; one year later, she made the first of hundreds of TV appearances. In 1955, Palmer first appeared on Broadway in The Grand Prize, and that same year launched her sporadic film career. Later stage credits included Forty Carats, in which she successfully replaced Lauren Bacall, and extensive touring in the role of Nellie Forbush in South Pacific. To millions of baby-boomers, Palmer will forever be associated with her work as a panelist on such TV game shows as I've Got a Secret; a later generation of televiewers will most readily recall her as Virginia Bullock on the 1989-90 season of Knot's Landing. To those whose teen years coincided with the late 1970s and early 1980s, however, Betsy Palmer is known only as the vicious, vengeful, axe-wielding Mrs. Voorhees (Jason's mom) in the first Friday the 13th (1980); reportedly, Palmer won that role because she was willing to drive her own car to and from location shoots. Palmer continued to act through her later years; she died in 2015, at age 88.

Photos

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th Actor 2009
No Score Yet Bell Witch: The Movie Actor 2007
No Score Yet Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film Actor 2006
0% Waltzing Anna Anna Rhoades 2006
No Score Yet The Fear 2: Resurrection Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Fear: Halloween Night Mams 1998
No Score Yet Unveiled Eva 1994
No Score Yet Still Not Quite Human Aunt Mildred 1992
No Score Yet Columbo Martha Lamarr 1991
No Score Yet Goddess of Love Actor 1988
No Score Yet Sidney Sheldon's 'Windmills of the Gods' Mrs. Hart Brisbane 1988
20% Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter Mrs. Pamela Voorhees 1984
29% Friday the 13th Part 2 Mrs. Voorhees 1981
No Score Yet Isabel's Choice Actor 1981
62% Friday the 13th Pamela Voorhees 1980
No Score Yet The Last Angry Man Anne Thrasher 1959
No Score Yet It Happened to Jane Herself 1959
80% The Tin Star Nona Mayfield 1957
No Score Yet Queen Bee Carol Lee Phillips 1955
92% Mister Roberts Lt. Ann Girard 1955
100% Marty Actor 1955
100% The Long Gray Line Kitty Carter 1955

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

25% Freakylinks
2000-2001
Betty
  • 2001
No Score Yet Just Shoot Me
1997-2003
Rhonda
  • 1998
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Martha Lamarr
  • 1991
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Lila Norris Valerie
  • 1989
  • 1985
No Score Yet Charles in Charge
1984-1990
Gloria
  • 1987
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
Gayle
  • 1987

QUOTES FROM Betsy Palmer CHARACTERS

Mrs. Voorhees
Jason was my son, and today is his birthday.
Mrs. Voorhees
Look what you did to him
Mrs. Voorhees
Look what you did to him!
Jack
Kill her mommy, KILL HER
Mrs. Voorhees
Kill her, Mommy! Kill her!
Mrs. Voorhees
(in a child's voice; in the distance) - Help me...Heeeeelp me!...Help me.
Mrs. Voorhees
(in a child's voice; in the distance) - Help me. Help me! Help me.
Mrs. Voorhees
She can't hide; no place to hide.
Mrs. Voorhees
You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday...
Mrs. Voorhees
You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday.
Mrs. Voorhees
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
(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
(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
Who are you?
Mrs. Voorhees
Why I'm...I'm Mrs. Voorhees, an old friend of the Christys'.
Mrs. Voorhees
Why I'm, I'm Mrs. Voorhees, an old friend of the Christys'.
Mrs. Voorhees
Come, dear. It'll be easier for you than it was for Jason.
Mrs. Voorhees
(seeing Brenda's dead body) - Oh, good Lord! ...So young...So pretty. Oh, what monster could have done this?
Mrs. Voorhees
(seeing Brenda's dead body) Oh, good Lord! So young. So pretty. Oh, what monster could have done this?
Alice
Bill's out there.
Mrs. Voorhees
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
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
You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday...