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Betsy Palmer



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT 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
25% Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter
  • Mrs. Pamela Voorhees
1984
34% Friday the 13th Part 2
  • Mrs. Voorhees
1981
No Score Yet Isabel's Choice
  • Actor
1981
59% 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

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