Betsy Palmer Biography (1929-)

Original name, Patricia Betsy Hrunek; born November 1, 1929, in East Chicago,IN; daughter of Vincent R. and Marie (maiden name, Love) Hrunek; married Vincent J. Merendino (divorced); children: Melissa. Addresses: Agent: (commercials) Kazarian/Spencer and Associates, 11365 Ventura Blvd., Suite 100, Studio City, CA 91604.; Manager: Lemack and Co., 292 South La Cienega Blvd., Suite 217, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.; Contact: c/o 4040 Farmdale Ave., Studio City, CA 91604-3012.

Birth Details
November 1, 1929
East Chicago, Indiana, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Cohost, Wheel of Fortune, CBS, 1952
  • Panelist, Masquerade Party, ABC, then NBC, 1956-1957
  • Panelist, What's It For?, NBC, 1957
  • Panelist, I've Got a Secret, CBS, 1957-1967
  • Today girl, Today (also known as NBC News Today and TheToday Show), NBC, 1958-1959
  • Host, Girl Talk, syndicated, 1969-1970
  • Cohost, Candid Camera, syndicated, 1977-1979
  • Maureen Galloway, Number 96, NBC, 1980-1981
  • Virginia "Aunt Ginny" Bullock, Knots Landing, CBS, 1988-1990
  • Also appeared as a host, Wifeline.
  • Movies
  • Ellie Fineman, Isabel's Choice, 1981
  • Hera, Goddess of Love, NBC, 1988
  • Martha, Columbo: Death Hits the Jackpot (also known as Death Hits the Jackpot), ABC, 1991
  • Aunt Mildred, Still Not Quite Human, The Disney Channel, 1992
  • Episodic
  • "Marty," The Philco Television Playhouse, 1953
  • "Sentence of Death," Studio One, 1953
  • "Look Homeward, Hayseed," Studio One, 1953
  • "The Glorification of Al Toolum," The Philco Television Playhouse,1953
  • "The Role of a Lover," Studio One, 1954
  • "Haven's End," The United States Steel Hour, ABC, 1954
  • "A Guest at the Embassy," Studio One, 1954
  • "Dear Harriet Heart-Throb," Goodyear Television Playhouse, 1954
  • "Recoil," Goodyear Television Playhouse, 1954
  • "The Ghost Writer," The Philco Television Playhouse, 1955
  • "The Meanest Man in the World," The United States Steel Hour, ABC,1955
  • "The Prizewinner," Goodyear Television Playhouse, 1955
  • "The Starlet," The Philco Television Playhouse, 1956
  • "Career Girl," Goodyear Television Playhouse, 1956
  • "Goodbye Piccadilly," Studio One, 1956
  • "Protege," The Alcoa Hour, 1957
  • "Rumblin' Galleries," Goodyear Television Playhouse, 1957
  • "Mutiny on the Shark: Parts 1 & 2," Studio One, 1957
  • "Give Me My Son," The United States Steel Hour, CBS, 1958
  • "Climate of Marriage," The United States Steel Hour, CBS, 1958
  • "The Enemies," The United States Steel Hour, CBS, 1958
  • "The Wayward Widow," The United States Steel Hour, CBS, 1959
  • "The Practical Dreamer," Sunday Showcase, 1959
  • "Game of Hearts," The United States Steel Hour, CBS, 1960
  • "Shame the Devil," The United States Steel Hour, CBS, 1960
  • "Great 5K Star Race and Boulder Wrap Party: Part 2," CHiPs, NBC, 1980
  • Millicent Holton, "She Brought Her Mother Along," The Love Boat, 1982
  • Anne Armstrong, "Vengeance Is Mine," T. J. Hooker, 1983
  • Lila Norris, "Sticks and Stones," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985
  • Gloria, "The Egg and Us," Charles in Charge, syndicated, 1987
  • Gayle, "Me and My Gayle," Newhart, 1987
  • Valerie, "Something Borrowed, Something Blue," Murder, She Wrote,CBS, 1989
  • Rhonda, "The Walk," Just Shoot Me, NBC, 1998
  • Sweet old lady, "A Night to Remember," Hang Time, NBC, 2000
  • Betty, "Subject: Sunrise at Sunset Streams," Freaky Links, Fox, 2001
  • Appeared as a panelist, To Tell the Truth; appeared in "Love and the Ghost," an episode of Love, American Style; also appeared in episodes of A.M. America, As the World Turns, Blacke's Magic,Hollywood Screen Test, I'll Buy That, Kraft Theatre, Matinee Theatre, Out of This World, and Playhouse 90.
  • Other
  • Nancy, A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer, 1968
  • Today at 35 (special), 1987
  • Mrs. Hart Brisbane, Sidney Sheldon's Windmills of the Gods (miniseries; also known as Windmills of the Gods), CBS, 1988
  • Madge Miller, Deep Dish TV (special), 1990
  • Also appeared in Hallmark Hall of Fame and The Miss Susan Show.
  • Stage Appearances
  • (New York debut) Kate Wilson, The Grand Prize, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • Sally Mackenzie, Affair of Honor, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1956
  • Lady Dungavel, Roar Like a Dove, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1964
  • Nellie Forbush, South Pacific, City Center Theatre, New York City,1965
  • Stephanie, Cactus Flower, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1967
  • Nora, A Doll's House, Theatre Venture `73, Beverly, MA, 1973
  • Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Ivanhoe Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1974
  • Gala Tribute to Josh Logan, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • Nora, A Doll's House, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 1975
  • Alma Winemiller, Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Studio Arena Theatre, then Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1976
  • Doris, Same Time Next Year, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Title role, Countess Dracula, Studio Arena Theatre, 1978-1979
  • The Shadow Box, Charles Playhouse, Boston, MA, 1979
  • Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Cape Playhouse, Dennis, MA, 1990
  • Claude, Idioglossia, George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, 1992-1993
  • Made stage debut in summer stock at Lake Geneva, NY, 1950.
  • Major Tours
  • Lorelei Lee, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, U.S. cities, 1962
  • Title role, Maggie, 1963
  • Nellie Forbush, South Pacific, 1963
  • Anna, The King and I, 1963
  • Wait until Dark, 1979
  • Life with Father, 1984-1985
  • Gigi, 1984-1985
  • Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, 1991-1992
  • Film Appearances
  • Kitty Carter, The Long Grey Line, Columbia, 1955
  • Lieutenant Ann Girard, Mister Roberts, Warner Bros., 1955
  • Carol Lee Phillips, Queen Bee, Columbia, 1955
  • Nona Mayfield, The Tin Star, Paramount, 1957
  • Phyllis Carter/Lynn Stuart, The True Story of Lynn Stuart, Columbia, 1958
  • Anne Thrasher, The Last Angry Man, Columbia, 1959
  • It Happened to Jane (also known as Twinkle and Shine), Columbia, 1959
  • Ms. Pamela Voorhees, Friday the 13th, Paramount, 1980
  • Mrs. Voorhees, Friday the 13th, Part II, Paramount, 1981
  • Mrs. Voorhees (in archive footage), Friday the 13th, Part III (also known as Friday the 13th, Part 3: 3D), Paramount, 1982
  • Mrs. Voorhees (in archive footage), Friday the 13th--The Final Chapter (also known as Friday the 13th, Part IV), Paramount, 1984
  • Eva, Unveiled, FoxVideo, 1994
  • Mams, The Fear: Resurrection (also known as The Fear: HalloweenNight), A-pix Entertainment, 1998

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