Monday, July 11, 2005

‘Wonka’s’ Violet Really Did Turn Violet

DENVER (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The girl who played gum-snapping Violet Beauregarde in the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory really did turn violet.

Former child actress Denise Nickerson – who is now 46 years old – says no matter how hard she washed, the blue dye used on her skin in the scene where she balloons into a giant blueberry continued to ooze out of her pores for 30 hours after the scene.

Nickerson says a chum at school told her she was blue, and when she ran to the bathroom to look, in her words, “Sure as sht I’m royal blue.”

Although she loves to reminisce about the movie, she calls the blueberry scene, “the worst experience of my life,” because she couldn’t take off the giant styrofoam ball, even for lunch.

She says when the crew broke for lunch, a stage hand had to turn her every five minutes so she wouldn’t get sick.

It was a hard price to pay for art but, these days, Nickerson proudly says, “I tell people I’m the world’s biggest fruit.”

The remake of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp opens in theaters Friday (Jul. 15).

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