Denise Nickerson

Former child actress Denise Nickerson will forever be remembered by fans and the general public as the teenage gum-chewing brat named Violet Beauregarde who graced our screen in the 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Who is Denise Nickerson? What makes her famous?

Former child actress Denise Nickerson will forever be remembered by fans and the general public as the teenage gum-chewing brat named Violet Beauregarde who graced our screen in the 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. She is also famous for portraying the role of Allison on The Electric Company (1972-1973), as well as Amy Jennings, Amy Collins, and Nora Collins in the soap opera Dark Shadows (1968-1970). Read on to get the details of her personal and professional life.



Denise’s family tells TMZ … she passed away in her hospital room Wednesday, 10th July 2019 in the evening around 10:30 PM Colorado time.

Denise Nickerson, who played Violet in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” is living out the last moments of her life, because her family tells us they have just taken her off life support. Nickerson, who suffered a stroke last year, was at home Monday and, according to her family, she got into her meds at home and took as many as she could. Her family came to check on her shortly thereafter and rushed her to the ER.

Once in the hospital, doctors diagnosed her with pneumonia. On Tuesday, she suffered a massive seizure and doctors put Denise on life support. Her condition continued to worsen and her family tells TMZ they have now taken her off the respirator, which facilitates breathing and removed her IVs, and stopped giving her medicine.

The family says it’s now just a matter of time before Denise passes. Her son Josh and his wife are at the hospital with Denise and have started a GoFundMe to honor Denise’s last wishes of being cremated, and her ashes turned into glass artwork.


Where is the birthplace of Denise Nickerson?

There is a dearth of information on the details of her background and formative years, but according to the tidbits we gathered, her date of birth is the 1st of April 1957. She was born under the star sign of Aries in New York City, New York which means she has an American nationality but her ethnicity is definitely white.

When did Denise Nickerson pursue her acting career?

Denise Nickerson played her first significant role at the age of 13 when she played the role of the gum-chewing brat named Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory but she burst into the limelight on the set of Dark Shadows. Her other movie credits include Child of Glass, The Man Who Could Talk to Kids, Smile, and Zero to Sixty. The latter was her last role and she was aged 21.

Apart from her major role in Dark Shadows, Denise Nickerson has also played other roles in quite a few television shows like Search for Tomorrow, The Electric Company as well as The Brady Bunch. She later moved over to the medical billing department where she worked for almost 35 years and was also in aerospace accounting but had to go on retirement in 2012 due to ill health.

To whom Denise Nickerson was married?

Reflecting on her personal life, Denise Nickerson has had her fair share of failed relationships in the past; she has a record of two marriages and one divorce. Her first nuptials was in 1981 when she exchanged marriage vows with Rick Keller, their marriage was just two years old when Rick died of a brain aneurysm in 1983.

The former actress had a long wait of almost 12 years before deciding to go into a second marriage with Mark Willard in 1995. Although the details of their marital life are not public knowledge, their marriage came to an end barely three years later in 1998 but not before the birth of their son Josh Willard.

How much net worth Denise Nickerson owned?

Denise Nickerson’s net worth is believed to be under review but there are sources who have pegged it below one million dollars. There is no information on the details of her real estate assets and cars.

How tall was Denise Nickerson?

Observing her body physics, Denise stands a height of 6 feet 1 inch, and her weight is unknown. She has brown colored hair and eyes. Similarly, Her dress size is 4 (US) and her shoe size is 8 (US). Her other body information is yet to be disclosed. In the case of disclosure, we will let you know.

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