Denise Nickerson: ‘Violet Beauregarde’ actress dies aged 62

Denise Nickerson, the former child actress who played Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, has died aged 62.

Nickerson’s family announced the news in a Facebook post that read: “She’s gone.” 

In earlier updates on social media, her family said she had pneumonia and had experienced several seizures.