Willy Wonka's Violet Beauregarde Recalls Memorable Day on Set When Gene Wilder 'Stole My Heart'

August 31, 2016 11:00 AM

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Willy Wonka's Violet Beauregarde Recalls Memorable Day on Set When Gene Wilder 'Stole My Heart'

Of the many memorable characters created by the late Gene Wilder, his titular role in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory carries a specific magical weight – particularly for those who acted alongside him, like former child actress Denise Nickerson (aka Violet Beauregarde).

"He created an iconic character," Nickerson tells PEOPLE of being in the film with Wilder, who died of complications from Alzheimer's at the age of 83. "He did the majority of that himself, his little idiosyncrasies [in character], kicking the ball, whipping the cane, stuff like that, that was all h...

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