Denise Nickerson Poster


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Overview (1)

Date of Birth 1 April 1957New York City, New York, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Denise Nickerson was best known for her role as Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and as a member of the Short Circus on The Electric Company (1971). She left the acting business at the end of 1978, and she worked as a nurse since then. Now, she spends time at home as a full-time mom. She will be remembered as Violet!

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Walker <James14802@aol.com>

Spouse (2)

Mark Willard (1995 - 1998) (divorced) (1 child)
Rich Keller (1981 - 1983) (his death)

Trivia (9)

Has a son named Josh with her ex-husband Mark Willard.
Denise now works as an accountant in Colorado. She sometimes attends autograph shows and Dark Shadows (1966) fan conventions.
Though most people remember her as the gum-chewing brat Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), Denise played a very different character in a famous stage disaster--a musical production of Lolita (1962) (called "Lolita, My Love," which also starred Leonard Frey and Dorothy Loudon). The musical was written by John Barry and Alan Jay Lerner, and although it failed, many of its songs have since been recorded.
She was considered for the role of Regan in The Exorcist (1973) but her mother refused to allow her to screen-test for it after reading the script.
Auditioned for the part of Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
Lives in Iowa and is an accountant and a full-time single mom to her 10-year-old son. [January 2001]
Living as a single mother in Colorado. [December 2003]
Nickerson's career was temporarily put on hold in November 1976 when she was struck by a car while crossing the street. The injury landed her in a full leg cast for eight months.
Nickerson auditioned for the role of Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist, but pulled out after her parents objected to the material presented in the script.

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