Denise Nickerson, Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka, dies aged 62

Last Updated: Jul 11 2019 14:01
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HOLLYWOOD- American actor Denise Nickerson, a former child actress, has died at the age of 62. She suffered from pulmonary and respiratory distress and developed pneumonia on July8. She then suffered several seizures and went in a coma and later died on July 10.

Nickerson was known for playing Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory in which her character ends up as a huge blueberry.

Nickerson's other roles included Liza Walton on the CBS soap Search for Tomorrow; in The Man Who Could Talk to Kids, opposite Peter Boyle; and in beauty pageant satire Smile.

She retired from acting at the age of 21 and worked as a receptionist and accountant in her later life.

Actress Julie Dawn Cole, who played the spoilt Veruca Salt in the 1971 film paid tribute to Denise on Twitter.