Betsy Palmer has died. The actress is best known for her being a regular panelist in the game show I’ve Got a Secret and for playing the killer cook Pamela Voorhees in the 1980/1981 slasher film Friday the 13th.
At the time of her death, she was eighty-eight years old, she passed away of natural causes at a hospice care center, the news was shared by her longtime manager, Brad Lemack, telling the Associated Press on Sunday May 31, 2015. She leaves behind her daughter Melissa Merendino to mourn.
She also appeared in TV dramas such as Kraft Theatre, Studio One and Murder, She Wrote, The Long Gray Lane, Queen Bee and The Tin Star.
Palmer’s real name was Patricia Betsy Hrunek and she was East Chicago, Indiana, the daughter of parents, who launched the Chicago Business College, and an industrial chemist.