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Willy Wonka’s Veruca, Violet, And Mike Remember Gene Wilder With Heartfelt Messages

'You will be sorely missed by so many'

The world lost an imaginative, loving legend this week when Gene Wilder, iconic film star and comedian, died at 83. Though Wilder starred in comedy classics The Frisco Kid, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein, kids and kids-at-heart will always know him as the quirky title character in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

It felt like all of Hollywood paid their respects to the late actor on social media yesterday, but the ones from Julie Dawn Cole, Denise Nickerson, and Paris Themmen — who played the original Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Mike Teevee, respectively — really tugged on the heartstrings.

  • Mean girl Veruca only had nice things to say.

    Cole also quoted one of Wilder's famous lines from Willy Wonka: "Time is a precious thing, never waste it."

  • The former giant blueberry signed her message with "Love, Violet."
  • TV-addicted Mike simply changed his Facebook cover photo to an image of "pure imagination."

All five original kids, including Michael Bollner (Augustus Gloop) and Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket), reunited in 2001 to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary.

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