Betsy Palmer, the character actress most known for her role as Pamela Voorhees in the original Friday the 13th movie, passed away Friday, May 29th at the age of 88. She died of natural causes at a hospice care center in Connecticut. Her passing was confirmed to the Associated Press by her long-time manager, Brad Lemack.
Playing the mother of Jason Voorhees, Palmer was the original killer in Friday the 13th. She appeared in flashback scenes for Friday the 13th Part 2, but left the machete in the hands of the iconic hockey masked murderer. In later years, she would claim she only took on the role so she could afford to buy a new car.
Palmer’s other film roles included parts in Mr. Roberts, The Long Gray Line and The Tin Star. Palmer also had a fulfilling career on television, including roles on Studio One in Hollywood; Kraft Theatre; Knots Landing; and Murder, She Wrote, amongst numerous other appearances.