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.
Palmer played Mrs. Voorhees, the camp cook and mother of Jason Voorhees, in 1980's Friday the 13th.
She told reporters she never expected the film to become a cult classic; she had taken the role to pay for a new car.
Palmer had previously been known for her work on early television.
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