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Denise Nickerson, who played Violet Beauregarde in ‘Willy Wonka,’ dead at 62

(CNN) – Denise Nickerson, best known for portraying Violet Beauregarde in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, has died at 62, according to multiple reports citing a Facebook post from her family.

Her son and daughter-in-law said on Facebook that Nickerson suffered a stroke last year.

They said she never fully recovered and has been in an ICU in recent days.

Nickerson’s character in the 1971 classic was known for her obsessive gum chewing.



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