May 31, 2015

R.I.P Betsy Palmer (1926-2015)

We're sad to have to report that Betsy Palmer has passed away. An accomplished character actress for nearly six decades, on both stage and screen, she will be remembered by most for her classic turn as a vengeful mother, dispatching careless camp counselors in clever & bloody ways in Friday the 13th (1980)
It was only a few weeks back that we did a post about Mother's Day Horror Movies, and right at the top of that post was Betsy Palmer's Mrs. Voorhees, mother of Jason. She took the role because she needed money to buy a new car, and she never thought that it would ever amount to anything, but 35 years later, her turn as Mrs. Voorhees still stands as one of the most iconic in Horror History... and she was on screen in that movie for all of what, 10 minutes?

If that isn't a testament to her talent, I don't know what is.

If you listen to the talk on the Internet, anyone who has ever met her has nothing but great things to say about her. Sweet, kind, cordial, lovely... and about 100 other words that convey the same sentiment: that Betsy Palmer was a wonderful person.

In the end, iconic role aside, that sounds like the best kind of legacy for her to leave behind.


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