Denise Nickerson Biography – Denise Nickerson Wiki
Denise Nickerson was an American actress. She is best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder.
In “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” Nickerson played one of the spoiled children who wins a tour of the chocolate factory. An avid gum-chewer, she steals an experimental piece from Wonka’s factory that leads to her blowing up like a giant blueberry. Her career also saw her appear in roles on “The Brady Bunch,” “Dark Shadows” and “The Electric Company.”
Denise Nickerson Age
She was born on April 1, 1957 in New York City, New York, United States. She was taken off of life support on July 10, 2019. She was 62 years old.
Denise Nickerson Husband
She was married twice. Her first marriage was to Rick Keller in 1981. Rick died two years later of a brain aneurysm. Her second marriage was to Mark Willard in 1995; they had one son, Josh, before divorcing in 1998.
Denise Nickerson Children
Nickerson had one child – a son, Josh Willard, with her second husband Mark Willard.
Denise Nickerson Stroke – Denise Nickerson Death
Nickerson suffered a severe stroke in June 2018 and was hospitalized in an intensive care unit. She was discharged to a rehabilitation center in July. In August, Nickerson returned home to recover under her family’s care. In July 2019, she suffered a seizure and was taken off of life support.
“They just took off all the equipment. None of it was helping, but making her only more uncomfortable. We’re telling her it’s OK to let go,” Nickerson’s son Josh, and his wife, Jasmine, announced the news via Facebook on July 10, 2019.
Denise Nickerson GoFundMe
A GoFundMe set up by Denise Nickerson’s family to help “pay for death expenses,” states “Tuesday (07/09/19), Denise suffered a massive seizure. This event, paired with the weakness from the stroke and issues she had from that, and the pneumonia caused her to stop exhaling carbon dioxide from her body. She began to experience blood poisoning and her body shut down. She’s been in a coma-like state. She cannot be saved. We’ve been up here with her most of the day and she’s experienced multiple additional seizures. At 3 am (07/10/19) we decided because the machines and medicines are not helping her but only making her more uncomfortable, that its okay to stop administering these things to her. We are heartbroken and reliving a grief we’ve lived every single day since she had the stroke over a year ago.”