Betsy Palmer, who found fame as killer cook in Friday the Thirteenth, dies aged 88

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Betsy Palmer, who found fame as killer cook in Friday the Thirteenth, dies aged 88
  • Betsy Palmer, who played the murderous camp cook in the cheesy horror film 'Friday the 13th,' has died at age 88
  • Palmer died Friday of natural causes at a hospice care center in Connecticut, her longtime manager Brad Lemack has said 
  • Palmer played Mrs. Voorhees in the campy 1980 movie in which young camp counselors suddenly begin meeting their bloody demise
  • She would say in later years that she only took the role in that first film because she wanted the money to buy a new car
Missed: Betsy Palmer, the veteran character actress who achieved lasting, though not necessarily sought-after, fame as the murderous camp cook in the cheesy horror film 'Friday the 13th,' has died at age 88

Missed: Betsy Palmer, the veteran character actress who achieved lasting, though not necessarily sought-after, fame as the murderous camp cook in the cheesy horror film 'Friday the 13th,' has died at age 88

Betsy Palmer, the veteran character actress who achieved lasting, though not necessarily sought-after, fame as the murderous camp cook in the cheesy horror film 'Friday the 13th,' has died at age 88.

Palmer died Friday of natural causes at a hospice care center in Connecticut, her longtime manager, Brad Lemack, told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Palmer had appeared in films, on Broadway and in TV shows for decades before she took the role of Mrs. Voorhees in the campy 1980 movie in which young camp counselors suddenly begin meeting their bloody demise.

The back story was that she was the mother of Jason Voorhees, who had died at the camp years before. He would come to life in several sequels that Palmer passed on.

She would say in later years that she only took the role in that first film because she wanted the money to buy a new car. 

In an interview recently published by Cinemarr Studios to Vimeo, Palmer said 'My agent called and said, "How would you like to do a movie?" I said, "Great, I haven’t done a movie since the '60s."

'I said, "In California?" And he said "No." He said "It's going to be shot in New Jersey."

'And he said "It's 10 days' work, they'll pay you $1,000 a day." And he said "And that's it."

'I said, "Great." I said "I want to buy a car." And I said "It'll just cover the car." I said "Oh, perfect."

'He said, "Well, there's a drawback." And I said, "Well, what's that?"

'He said, "Well, it's a horror film." I said, "Oh, no."' 

Palmer had appeared in films, on Broadway and in TV shows for decades before she took the role of Mrs. Voorhees in the campy 1980 movie in which young camp counselors suddenly begin meeting their bloody demise. She is seen in September 1958 (left) and around 1955 (right)
Palmer had appeared in films, on Broadway and in TV shows for decades before she took the role of Mrs. Voorhees in the campy 1980 movie in which young camp counselors suddenly begin meeting their bloody demise. She is seen in September 1958 (left) and around 1955 (right)

Palmer had appeared in films, on Broadway and in TV shows for decades before she took the role of Mrs. Voorhees in the campy 1980 movie in which young camp counselors suddenly begin meeting their bloody demise. She is seen in September 1958 (left) and around 1955 (right)

Palmer had appeared in numerous TV shows dating to the early 1950s Golden Age of Television. Among them were such classic dramas as 'Kraft Theatre,' 'Playhouse 90' and 'Studio One'

Palmer had appeared in numerous TV shows dating to the early 1950s Golden Age of Television. Among them were such classic dramas as 'Kraft Theatre,' 'Playhouse 90' and 'Studio One'

Palmer also said in the interview 'Then I thought about the car again, and I thought "Look, this is just a way I can pay for the car," so I said "Send me the script," so they did. And I read it, and I said "What a piece of junk."'

Palmer had appeared in numerous TV shows dating to the early 1950s Golden Age of Television. Among them were such classic dramas as 'Kraft Theatre,' 'Playhouse 90' and 'Studio One.'

Her film credits included 'Mr. Roberts' with Henry Fonda, 'The Long Gray Line' with Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara, 'Queen Bee' with Joan Crawford, and 'The Tin Star' with Fonda and Anthony Perkins.

Other TV credits included 'Knot's Landing,' 'The Love Boat,' 'Newhart,' 'Just Shoot Me' and 'Murder, She Wrote.' She also appeared in several Broadway plays, including 'Same Time, Next Year' and 'Cactus Flower.'

Palmer is survived by her daughter, Melissa Merendino.

On YouTube Sunday, LeMack wrote 'She was one of the most gracious, kind, generous and loving people I have ever known. No holiday, no birthday, no personal event ever went unacknowledged or celebrated. Today I celebrate Betsy and the wonderful life she led. While she achieved fame and success for the work she did, she earned admiration and respect for the person she was.'  

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