'Willy Wonka' Actress Denise Nickerson Suffers Stroke, Family Fundraising

Lewis Collier
July 12, 2018

The family of Denise Nickerson, who played Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, have set up a fundraiser after she was left in critical condition following a stroke.

Nickerson, who played the petulant, gum-smacking Violet Beauregarde in the beloved 1971 film, is reportedly in critical condition following the stroke, which happened in late June, according to TMZ. The most recent updates revealed that Nickerson underwent surgery to have a pacemaker administered on July 10, and a stomach feeding tube was to be administered the following day.

Denise's daughter-in-law wrote on Facebook that the former actress' vitals are "normalized, however she began reacting negatively".

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TMZ first reported that actress Denise Nickerson, 61, known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film is now in the intensive care unit (ICU), unleashing a slew of medical costs that's forced her family to turn to crowdfunding in an effort to relieve some of the costs.

The family's raised $2,492 so far for health care fees and other costs. To help raise money, TMZ pointed out that the group was offering autographed items for cash.

In addition to her "Wonka" fame, she also appeared in an episode of "The Brady Bunch", and was a regular in the series "Dark Shadows" and "The Electric Company". However, she is best known for the legendary scene in "Willy Wonka" in which her character turns into a blueberry.

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