Betsy Palmer

American actress

Betsy Palmer (born Patricia Betsy Hrunek; November 1, 1926 – May 29, 2015) was an American actress, best known as a regular panelist on the game show I've Got a Secret, and later for playing Pamela Voorhees in the slasher movie Friday the 13th.

Palmer in June 1960

Palmer was born on November 1, 1926 in East Chicago, Indiana.[1] She was of Czech descent. Palmer was raised in Chicago, Illinois. She studied at DePaul University. Palmer was married to Vincent J. Merandino from 1954 until they divorced in 1971. They had one daughter.

Palmer died from natural causes on May 29, 2015 in Danbury, Connecticut, aged 88.[2]


  1. Betsy Palmer Biography (1926-)
  2. "Betsy Palmer dead at 88; actress played killer cook in 'Friday the 13th'". 31 May 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.

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