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Betsy Palmer, "Friday The 13th" Slasher Star, Dies At 88

Palmer was first known for her appearances on early television, but gained more notoriety in the '80s as the murderous Mrs. Voorhees of Friday The 13th.

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Actor Betsy Palmer, a television pioneer who went on to play one of film's first slashers, has died at age 88.

Her longtime manager told the Associated Press on Sunday that Palmer had died of natural causes on Friday at a Connecticut hospice care center.

She told reporters she never expected the film to become a cult classic; she had taken the role to pay for a new car.

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"I'm the queen of the slashers," she said bemusedly in one 2005 interview.

Palmer had previously been known for her work on early television.

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She was a panelist on I've Got A Secret, appearing on episodes of the game show from 1955-1967. Other work on game shows, NBC's Today, and a variety of television series spanned six decades.

In 1955, she joined Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney, and William Powell in the wartime comedy Mister Roberts.

Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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