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Betsy Palmer, 88, Of Danbury, 'Friday the 13th' Villainess

DANBURY, Conn. – Danbury resident Betsy Palmer, a longtime film and TV actress whose career spanned 50-plus years, died May 29, the New York Times reported . She was 88.

Born Patricia Betsy Hrunek in East Chicago, Ind., on Nov. 1, 1926, Palmer's career featured stints on game shows like “I've Got A Secret,” Broadway productions of “Cactus Flower” and “Same Time Next Year” and parts in “Mister Roberts” and “The Tin Star.”

Her best-known role was as Mrs. Voorhees in 1980's “Friday the 13th,” taking the part only because she needed the money to buy a new car, noted the Times.

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