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Betsy Palmer

( b. Nov 01, 1926 East Chicago, Indiana, USA - d. May 29, 2015 Danbury, Connecticut, USA ) Female
Also known as: Patricia Betsy Hrunek [Birthname]

Palmer was a stage, TV and film actress whom Tennessee Williams chose to embody the frustrated Alma Winemiller in The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, his 1976 rewrite of Summer and Smoke.

Born Patricia Betsy Hrunek, Palmer sported a distinctive short-cropped blonde hair look that lent itself to playing troubled or frightening mom roles, especially in later years.

Palmer appeared in seven Broadway shows. All the original productions had short runs, but she replaced other actresses in long-run shows, notably Ellen Burstyn in Same Time, Next Year in 1977 and Lauren Bacall in Cactus Flower in 1967.

Palmer's film career included some distinguished titles, including the movie adaptation of Broadway's Mister Roberts with Henry Fonda, but she stumbled on what may be her signature role, the murderous mom of horror movie killer Jason Voorhees in the low-budget 1980 "Friday the 13th" and one of its sequels.


ProductionsDate of Productions
The Eccentricities of a Nightingale
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Starring: Betsy Palmer [Alma Winemiller]
Nov 23, 1976 - Dec 12, 1976
Same Time, Next Year
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Betsy Palmer
      Doris - Replacement (Oct 24, 1977 - ?)
Mar 14, 1975 - Sep 03, 1978
Cactus Flower
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Betsy Palmer
      Stephanie - Replacement (Nov 20, 1967 - ?)
Dec 08, 1965 - Nov 23, 1968
Roar Like a Dove
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Betsy Palmer [Lady Dungavel]
May 21, 1964 - Jun 06, 1964
Affair of Honor
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Betsy Palmer [Sally Mackenzie]
Apr 06, 1956 - Apr 28, 1956
The Grand Prize
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Betsy Palmer [Kate Wilson]
Jan 26, 1955 - Feb 12, 1955
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