Sean was so smart to keep Betsy & me apart between scenes when we filmed Friday the 13th… he probably realized we would have become fast friends on set. That might’ve gotten in the way of our biting & smashing each other’s head in the sand.
When we reunited in 2004 we quickly became good friends as we spent time together at conventions. I am so blessed to have gotten to know the Betsy Palmer behind Mrs. Voorhees. She was an all-around stunner! So smart, beautiful & incredibly talented! I always enjoyed Betsy at Q&A’s! I just let her go & Mrs. V. rocked the room of fans with her quick wit & brutal honesty!
She invited me over to her Brownstone off of Central Park West in the Spring of 2009 for Dinner. By this time Betsy had convinced me to become a vegetarian:
“Chicken! You don’t want to eat chicken! Who wants to eat an animal that eats its own shit!”.. that was Betsy~~
So, I brought my Crystal Lake Memories Book to her cozy apartment that late afternoon (I’d finally received it myself from Peter) for her to sign.
It was close to Mother’s Day & she was going to visit her daughter in Connecticut & asked if she could “borrow” the Bracke “bible” as she had never received a copy.
We looked through the bloody brilliant book & I could see her amazement at the phenomenon of our little Friday the 13th; what this little low budget horror flick had spawned…all unfolding as we flipped through the pages together.
She looked at me & said.. ”This all began with us!”
It brought tears to both our eyes & this is when she said to me, “ I guess being remembered for a devoted mother isn’t the worst thing in the World…” and I said “Betsy, you have three generations of fans around the Globe who adore you. You’ve impacted them forever! You were a pioneer in the industry & are a living legend & they love you!
And Betsy smiled and said..” I guess I’m going to have to embrace that~~”..; she chuckled & held the book to her chest. And she did. I saw in that moment that Betsy let it happen and it gave me goosebumps as I watched her let out a huge sigh and smile with tears running down her cheeks. She had finally embraced her role as Mrs. Voorhees despite the agony it caused her when the film first came out in 1980. It was a full circle moment.