Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory star Denise Nickerson dies, aged 62
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Child actress Denise Nickerson, best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in the iconic '70s film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has passed away at the age of 62.

According to a report in TMZ, Nickerson sadly died yesterday evening (July 10) after suffering a seizure that ultimately left her on life support.

It's reported that Nickerson, who eventually gave up acting to become a nurse, also suffered a severe stroke last year.

As well as her turn as the obnoxious but determined gum-chewer Violet Beauregarde in the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Denise appeared in 1970s comedies Smile and Zero to Sixty.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory star Denise Nickerson dies, aged 62
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Before moving on from acting, Denise also took to the small screen, appearing in series such as Dark Shadows, The Brady Bunch, and Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.

Of course, Nickerson will be best remembered for her part in Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, in which Gene Wilder delighted and disturbed audiences as the eccentric owner of Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory star Denise Nickerson dies, aged 62
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Nickerson starred alongside Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca Salt), Paris Themmen (Mike Teavee), and Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop), as one of the five (un)lucky children who won a golden ticket to Wonka's factory.

Denise Nickerson is survived by her son and daughter-in-law.


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