Denise Nickerson Bio – Wiki
Denise Nickerson was an American former child actress. She was best known for her roles as Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Allison on The Electric Company and Amy Jennings and Nora Collins in the soap opera Dark Shadows.
|Birth Date||1st April 1957|
|Birth Place||New York, United States|
|Death Date||11 July 2019|
|Spouse||Mark Willard and Rich Keller|
|Net Worth||Update Soon|
Actress Denise Nickerson was born on 1st April 1957 in New York, United States. She has died on 11 July 2019 at the age of 62.
Nickerson made appearances in the late 1960s on such shows as The Doctors and opposite Bill Bixby in an unsold television pilot called Rome Sweet Rome.
Her big break came in 1968 when she joined the cast of ABC-TV’s Dark Shadows, appearing as recurring characters Amy Jennings and Nora Collins. Upon leaving Dark Shadows, she appeared in the 1971 television movie The Neon Ceiling.
Nickerson was cast as the nymphet Lolita in 1971. She landed her signature role as gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, when she was 13 years old.
She also auditioned for the role of Regan MacNeil, a role that ultimately went to Linda Blair, in The Exorcist.
Nickerson created the role of Liza Walton on the CBS soap, Search for Tomorrow. She remained with the series until they decided to age the character and make her one of the show’s romantic heroines.
Nickerson starred in the TV movie The Man Who Could Talk to Kids, opposite Peter Boyle and Scott Jacoby In 1973.
she appeared in the satiric, beauty-pageant inspired motion picture Smile, as Miss San Diego’s Shirley Tolstoy.
Nickerson appeared in the 1978 films Zero to Sixty and TV film Child of Glass.
she has appeared on television sporadically, such as an episode of the 2000–2002 John O’Hurley version of To Tell the Truth, as contestant number two. Nickerson decided to become a nurse.
Nickerson was hit by a car in 1976 while crossing the street and left in a full leg cast for eight months.
She was married twice. Her first marriage was to Rick Keller in 1981, He 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.
Illness and Death
Nickerson suffered a severe stroke and was hospitalized in an intensive care unit In June 2018. She was discharged to a rehabilitation center in July.
Nickerson returned home to recover under her family’s care In August.
she suffered a seizure resulting in pulmonary and respiratory distress. Nickerson developed pneumonia and was reported to be taken off of life support on July 10, 2019.
She died later that day at the age of 62.
Thanks for making making quite the impact on a lot of us Denise Nickerson. You brought Violet to life in Willy Wonka, you will be missed. pic.twitter.com/ODksebqx6b
— Oz (@ozkangaroo) July 11, 2019