Denise Nickerson
1957 - 2019
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Denise Nickerson was a former child actress best known for playing Violet Beauregarde, the gum-chewer who turns into a blueberry, in the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Jul. 11, 2019.
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May 29, 2020
You were wonderful in willy Wonka forever remembered
March 31, 2020
Wow. Was she great, or not? I really liked her performance.
Amelia Weltman
Friend
December 31, 2019
We enjoyed her roles on Willy Wonka, and Dark Shadows, and appreciate that she was a nurse.
William Rifenbury
November 26, 2019
May God comfort you during this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.
September 7, 2019
So sorry to hear about the passing of our favourite actress. I watched Charlie and chocolate factory so many times. Best movie and you were my favourite. Rest In Peace.
Steph
August 14, 2019
I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the loss of your loved one, who will be remembered for her contribution to the film industry. We will never forget watching her in Willy Wonka. May you find comfort and strength in God during this time of mourning,.
August 12, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family. I love "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and definitely love "Violet Beauregarde".
August 11, 2019
Our deepest condolences as the loss of Denise is mourned. May the hope of seeing her again bring you comfort and hope.
August 5, 2019
Josh Sabel<br />
Have one more gum for me in heaven
August 5, 2019
I will miss you down here violet
Josh Sabel
August 3, 2019
you were the best star of them all and you brought joy and laughter to millions of us since the movie and you will always be our favorite!
Colin Cropley
Acquaintance
July 31, 2019
You made everyone smile with your presence. Who will ever forget Willy Wonka. Prayers to the family . May your faith in God help you in the days to come.
July 29, 2019
Sincere condolences to family, friends, and fans. That warm smile we be dearly missed. God will comfort and sustain you during this difficult time because he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:6,7)
July 28, 2019
She's my favorite WW character, I laughed so hard at her turning blue. Thank you for the laughs.
1 Thessalonians 4:13,14
Faith Haude
July 21, 2019
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the Family's...My condolences to the Family's...
Jimmy Crawley
Acquaintance
July 20, 2019
Your mom was one of my favorite characters to be when I was playing pretend as a child. I shared my love of her willy wonka with my children and I know they will share it with theirs. I am sorry for your loss and that she will not be there to love on her future grandchildren. Praying for peace that pass all understanding.
Edlow Schwing
Acquaintance
July 15, 2019
I thought she played a role as a child in Dark Shadows series in 60s-70s?
Nancy Eichler
July 15, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Jacqueline Stephenson
July 15, 2019
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Philadelphia
July 15, 2019
Sorry for your loss during this difficult time. May God be with you..❤
CA
Acquaintance
July 15, 2019
Our deepest condolences with the loss of Denise. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.
July 14, 2019
Denise and I were close in age, and she gave me hope as a 9/10 year old that dreams really do come true. Loved her in Dark Shadows the most. Then Willy Wonka! Thank, Denise, for all the joy you gave!
Ann Schaffer
Acquaintance
July 14, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
July 14, 2019
Deepest condolences to Denise's family. She was a wonderful actress; I enjoyed watching her in Dark Shadows and her many other appearances.
Gail DiVico
July 14, 2019
I grew up watching Dark Shadows between 1966 and 1971. Denise was a great asset to the show. I loved every scene she was in. Thoughts and prayers for her family and friends. God has a beautiful new angel.
David Marlow
Friend
July 14, 2019
Denise and all the children were wonderful in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. My mom took me to the theater to see it when I was very young. She cried at the end. One of the best films ever made. Denise's presence in this realm will be missed. My thoughts go out to her family and friends. She is with Gene now and I bet they are in Willy's Candy Room! Thank you for making Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory magnificent. Peace and Goodwill.
Buzz Gee
July 14, 2019
Love you Denise! Thank u!
Taeylor Brooks
Friend
July 13, 2019
loved watching her on dark shadows rip
richard costa
July 13, 2019
You will always have a special place in my heart. Thanks for being a great friend and for being such a huge part of my life, even before we knew each other. Love you D!
Jason Declet
Friend
July 13, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person who was admired and loved by many . Denise will be greatly missed . I know your loss is great but she will always be I your heart .
Margaret & Felicity Hicks
Acquaintance
July 13, 2019
I had the pleasure of getting to know Denise when she attended the fan conventions. She will be missed. My condolences to her family.
Kristi Nelson
Acquaintance
July 13, 2019
Denise will be missed dearly by all,wish she were still here,so sorry for your loss,Dar
Darlene Pizano
Friend
July 13, 2019
Thank you so much Denise for making my childhood a fun one and my adulthood. Your presence on Dark Shadows with Quentin is my favorite. Rest in peace dear lady. Praying for your family.
Mark Hosman
Acquaintance
July 13, 2019
Thank you so much for all the wonderful performances. You are already missed so much by family, friends and fans. Rest In Peace.
Karlene Kincaid
July 13, 2019
Goodbye Angel. We will miss you and thank you for sharing your talent at such a young age. May God bless you!
Virginia Hagan
Friend
July 13, 2019
Virginia Hagan
Friend
July 13, 2019
So sad to hear of the passing of Denise Nickerson. Thank you for all the years of Entertainment.
She will be remembered and missed.
Tim Goss
July 13, 2019
You will be missed but not forgotten you were my favorite one from willy wonka. My condolences to all your family
Rosa Serrato
July 13, 2019
Valenda Newell
July 13, 2019
She was a wonderful actress in a wonderful show that really helped save my life during the must difficult times I have ever experienced. And Denise gets her share of the love and thanks for that I am sorry to see her go, and to her family, I wish I could enfold all, take your pain away, but I know I can't. The consolation I often take is that the good ones are worth hurting for. I try to think of all the joy they gave, and it seems to bring balance.
Robert Ebert
July 12, 2019
Very beautiful lady and talented actress. Prayers for her family and friends
Trina Schuler
July 12, 2019
Enjoyed your acting through the years. Thank you.May you Rest In Peace.✝
July 12, 2019
She was part of my childhood. How i always dreamed I could be on dark shadows. She was so lucky. I feel like part of me is gone. Rest In Peace Denise. God speed
Keith Lamberg
Friend
July 12, 2019
I am deeply saddened upon hearing the loss of Denise. I loved watching her on Dark Shadows when I was growing up. She was very talented. My deepest sympathy to Denise's family and prayers for their healing. RIP Denise Nickerson.
Linda Piazza
July 12, 2019
Lovely lady and very down to earth.
Doris Anguzza
July 12, 2019
My heartfelt Condolences to Denise's family, friends, and many fans. She will never be forgotten. RIP sweet lady. Blessings to your family.
Julie Grizzle
July 12, 2019
She was a good actress on Dark Shadow and her role in Wiily Wonka. My prayers go out to her family during this time. May she RIP
Gerris Brown
July 12, 2019
Enjoyed her career. Thought she was a very talented young actor. Grew up watching her on Dark Shadows. May she Rest In Peace..
Randy Jones
July 12, 2019
My deepest condolences to you, Josh and Jasmine. For you, she lives on in your memories and hearts, she will always be a part of you. For some of us, she is a part of some of the fondest memories of our young adulthood onward. To paraphrase an old movie quote: "Her suffering is over, now she will find peace for eternity." Rest well, Denise.
Carol
July 12, 2019
Such bad news to hear that a great actress of my childhood passed away. May her life be cherished and always remembered
July 12, 2019
To the family of Denise Nickerson: my deepest sympathy for your loss. Denise was part of the magic that was Dark Shadows that helped me through a miserable adolescence. Im so grateful for her talent and that she is no longer suffering. R.I.P.
Stephanie Skemp
Friend
July 12, 2019
Please accept my Deepest Condolences. Your Mom was only 2 weeks my Senior and her untimely passing is especially hard for me. Take care of yourselves.
Michael Comella
Acquaintance
July 12, 2019
I am sorry to hear about the death of this wonderful actress and kind-hearted, beautiful woman. Deepest condolences to her family.
Rob Haskins
Acquaintance
July 12, 2019
miss you my dear sweet friend ,love ya ,dar
July 12, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Darlene Pizano
Friend
July 12, 2019
Darlene Pizano
July 12, 2019
My prayers are with you and your family. May she rest in peace.
Rodney Jones
Acquaintance
July 12, 2019
Thank you for the light you shined on my life, and your brilliance in your craft.
Joseph Aviles
July 12, 2019
So sorry for our loss
Mary Jordan
Friend
July 12, 2019
Jasmine and Josh, I am so sorry about Denise's passing. She was special! Now at least she is no longer suffering and has found peace and perhaps the two of you will too.
Robert Nieves
Friend
July 12, 2019
I loved her on dark shadows she was a good actress and sorry that this happened to her gone to soon.
Arlene Greenbaum
July 12, 2019
Your long hard journey is over now & your eternal reward your blessing! Rest easy sweet soul & guide & guard your family from heaven above.
Bruddahlou Devecchis
Acquaintance
July 12, 2019
Sending condolences to Denises family. I watched her on Dark Shadows, very talented! RIP Denise...
JPS
July 12, 2019
Denise you are home with God now. No more suffering sweet lady. You are always with us in spirit. Rest well my sister.
Dr. Renee Harmon
Friend
July 12, 2019
Ahhh.. Denise. I remember you when I was a young girl and I became hooked on Dark shadows. You were so pretty and I would mention to others that I liked your clothes on the show. You acted alongside David Henesy who I also admired. We're going to miss you Denise. You're no longer in any pain. Now you're with the Angel's up above in heaven. RIP.
Yolanda GABBY Gonzalez
July 12, 2019
I was saddened to hear about Denise Nickersons death soon after she had a stroke. I thought the first time I saw her was on the television soap Dark Shadows but no I had first seen her on an episode of The Brady Bunch I believe the episode was called The Two Peters. Ive never seen the movie Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. As a young child actress she played three different characters on Dark Shadows. She was quite a talented. I enjoyed watching her on the show. I dont think she ever missed a beat remembering her lines!

Sending my deepest sympathy and prayers to her family. May she Rest In Peace.
Dianne
July 12, 2019
My name is Mr. Randolph Garcia, I'm 59 years old & a resident of San Francisco, CA. I will keep my remarks brief. It's w/a heavy heart that I wish to express my condolences to the family of the late former Dark Shadows actress Denise Nickerson. Sadly another Dark Shadows alumnus has passed on. As time passes, there will be others as per normal circle of life occurrences. My childhood has passed on w/Ms. Nickerson & other Dark Shadows cast members who have now passed away. The show was & always will be a TV cult classic. Luckily the late Ms. Nickerson's performances are preserved on DVD & films, from her Dark Shadows days & afterwards. I never knew this dear lady nor met her. But her passing has affected me in a sad way anyway. From the bottom of my heart, to her family, my deepest condolences on her passing, I know she was a hard working lady & a good nurse in adulthood. To the Nickerson family, again, my deepest condolences. Her acting legacy is preserved forever. -Best wishes-Mr. Randolph Garcia in SF, CA.
July 12, 2019
There are no words for this. I wish there were, so I would know what to say that would take your pain away. But...that pain means that you loved, and were love. Love never dies.
Traci West
July 12, 2019
I only remember her from Dark Shadows. I loved her in the recurring roles of Amy and Nora. Her family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Helen Pudney
July 12, 2019
speaking for myself as well as being Dark Shadows co-host on the literary license podcast Keith Vicki and I would like to express our sincerest condolences on your loss. She was a wonderful child actress and I just saw an interview of her done when she was a young adult and had the most attractive Gypsy shag haircut I have ever seen LOL. Best to you
Tom D i a m o n a k a H o t z
Acquaintance
July 12, 2019
Fly free my BW, you will always be in my heart, we'll be together again
Dwight Freeman
Family
July 12, 2019
There is nothing so heartbreaking than to lose your mother. Deepest condolences.
July 12, 2019
I never met Denise in person but saw her in several TV roles especially "Dark Shadows" which show I grew up with. It was great to see a young girl close to my age on the show. I've followed the posts made by her son and daughter in law about her trials especially this past year. My most sincere condolences to Josh and Jasmine over her loss. She will forever be remembered.
Alondra Labute
July 12, 2019
Denise, thank you so much for the entertainment. You were a wonderful actress and I enjoy watching your work. Rest In Peace.

To the family, Im so sorry for your loss. Youre in my prayers.
Alixandra Lindbergh
July 12, 2019
My sympathies to Josh, & Jasmine. Your mother was such a talented actress. Sorry for your loss.
Don Pollard
July 12, 2019
Thank you Denise for all the wonderful entertainment over the years. I am sorry you had to leave us so soon. Condolences to your family but I do believe Denise is at peace.
Jacqueline Hinni
July 12, 2019
Dear Jasmine and Josh, I am sorry for your loss. She is at peace now with the angels and saints in heaven. Denise was such as talented actress and an intergral part of my childhood. I so much enjoyed her work on Dark Shadows, Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the movie, The Neon Ceiling. I am sending prayers in this difficult time of need. Take care.
paul sousa
Friend
July 12, 2019
My sympathies go out to Denise's family and all of her many fans who share in the grief of her passing.. She will not be forgotten..Ms. Paula Prizlupsky.
Paula Prizlupsky
Acquaintance
July 12, 2019
Thank you Denise for sharing your talents with the world. You are still the brightest star shining from above. Peace always.
Karen Walton
July 12, 2019
Denise Nickerson was a former child actress best known for playing Violet Beauregarde, the gum-chewer who turns into a blueberry, in the 1971 movie "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Grady Youngblood
July 12, 2019
I had the privilege of meeting and socializing with Denise at the Dark Shadows Festivals. She was so friendly and funny. Thank you dear Denise for everything you gave us over the years. You will forever entertain future generations with your marvelous legacy of Dark Shadows and Willy Wonka. Cornelia Princemeadow would be soooo mad!
John Meisner
July 12, 2019
Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Nickerson.
Ms. Sowell
July 12, 2019
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Denise. I met her a few times at the Dark Shadows Festivals. She was so nice to me and the fans. She will be missed. Prayers to her family.
Rya Hill
July 12, 2019
Heaven just gained a beautiful angel. Thank you for sharing your love and talents to the whole world. May you find peace.
Irene Conrad
July 12, 2019
Ann Stokman
July 12, 2019
She wasn't just bubblegum. I remember her incredible performances in "The Neon Ceiling" and other roles that were as gritty and daring as any portrayed by young actors today. So glad she wasn't consumed by the Hollywood hype and hustle. Condolences to her family
Holly Cossin
July 12, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. I enjoyed her work, not only in Willie Wonka, but also in The Electric Company and the Brady Bunch. Sincerely, John Brannon, Jr.
John Brannon, Jr
Friend
July 11, 2019
I was privileged to have met Denise at a Dark Shadows convention in August 2001 at the late World Trade Center in Manhattan. During the convention people would go off and have drinks as I did at the bar in the Center and I was smoking a cigarette. Denise approached me and I knew who she was but I didn't let on. She asked to bum a cigarette and I lit it up for her. We were talking about the Convention and she mentioned the Violet character in the movie Willy Wonka. I had never seen it (even up until this day but I didn't tell her that) but I told her, "and you played Violet". She was so happy that I had acknowledged her participation in that film. She was so much like I remembered her in Dark Shadows but more mature. We chatted and had a great time. So sorry for her passing but I'm sure we'll meet again...but I don't think we'll be smoking in the Great Beyond. :) Rest in Peace Denise.
Joseph Stagnitto
July 11, 2019
I offer you my thoughts, prayers and well-wishes during this dark time in your life.
Mitchell Williams
July 11, 2019
I'm so very saddened to hear about Denise's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Robin G
Classmate
July 11, 2019
MAY , U ALWAYS BE A BUBBLEGUM CHAMPION FOREVER !!!!! VIOLET SAY , HELLO 2 GRANDPA JOE 4 ME MATTHEW 14:10 ...... JOHN 2:02-2:25 ????? & MARK 1:11 .... GOD BLESS THE QUEEN ....
DYLAN NICHOLAS FISHER
July 11, 2019
Thank you for sharing your talent......at Peace.
Sheila
July 11, 2019
Please accept my Deepest Sympathies
Scott Chamberland
July 11, 2019
I still watch you on Dark Shadows. So sad to hear you passed. Prayers for all your family, friends and fans. You were a great actress .
Pamela Glaza
Friend
July 11, 2019
I am shocked and saddened that Denise has left so early. Even though I never knew or even met Denise, she was one of my favorite actresses. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory was one of my favorite movies as a kid. Thank you for helping make my childhood the way it was, Denise. You will be greatly missed.
Joseph Hough
July 11, 2019
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Denise Nickerson. I greatly enjoyed "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" as a kid, and have recently obtained the DVD where Denise and her co-stars commented and looked back on the making of the movie. It was very interesting to hear their recollections and I am glad those were preserved for future generations to enjoy. Thoughts and prayers to her family and friends...
T Brooks
July 11, 2019
my son and I met Denise Nickerson in Davenport Iowa, She was signing autographs at a Willwonka movie showing in the late90s such a friendly lady RIP
john hullinger
July 11, 2019
How I loved Denise in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! No one could play the role of the chronic gum chewer like her. She was so funny! I was seven years old when the movie came out, and saw it at a drive-in. What a memory that was. Rest in peace, Miss Violet.
Wendi Brierley
July 11, 2019
Godspeed Denise, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
July 11, 2019
I am so very sorry on the passing of Denise but am glad she is no longer suffering. I grew up watching Denise on Dark Shadows. And we all love her in Willy Wonka. My heartfelt sympathy to Denises family-her legacy lives on always.
David Packer
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