Betsy Palmer (born November 1, 1926) is an American actress, best known as a regular panellist on the game show I've Got a Secret, and later for playing Mrs. Voorhees in the notorious slasher film Friday the 13th.
Palmer was born as Patricia Betsy Hrunek in East Chicago, Indiana, the daughter of Marie (née Love), who headed the Chicago Business College, and Vincent R. Hrunek, an industrial chemist who was an immigrant from Czechoslovakia. She graduated from DePaul University.
Palmer got her first acting job in 1951 when she joined the cast of a 15 minute long, daily soap opera, Miss Susan, which was produced in Philadelphia. She was "discovered" for this role while enjoying a party in the apartment of actor Frank Sutton (Sgt. Carter of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.). She had been in New York City less than one week.
She would later become a familiar face on television as a long-running regular panelist on the quiz show I've Got a Secret. She joined the show's original run, replacing Faye Emerson in 1958 and remaining until the show's finale 1967. She did not subsequently reprise her role in any of the various revivals of the show.
Palmer appeared as Kitty Carter in The Long Gray Line