Denise Nickerson, who played the gum-chewing brat-turned-human-blueberry Violet Beauregarde in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” is in critical condition after suffering a stroke in late June, according to her family.
The former child actress, 61, is in the Intensive Care Unit due to her medical woes, her family shared on a Facebook page titled “Support for Jasmine and Josh Nickerson.” Josh is Nickerson’s son from her second marriage to Mark Willard.
The page has offered fans multiple updates over the last month, and a post Tuesday said Nickerson had successfully had a pacemaker put in, and was expected to receive a stomach feeding tube Wednesday.
See photos of Denise Nickerson through the years:
Denise Nickerson through the years
Denise Nickerson through the years
The chocolate room of candy-maker supreme, Willy Wonka, may go down in screen history as not only one of the most impressive studio sets ever constructed but perhaps the tastiest too. The immense candy room setting has been constructed on the largest sound stage at Bavaria Studios, Munich, where David L. Wolper's production of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' is now being filmed. Sailing in the boat are Denise Nickerson, Peter Ostrum, Julie Dawn and Paris Themmen (this is not the boat used in the film). They are using giant lollipops as paddles. 8th October 1970. (Photo by Arthur Sidey/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
DARK SHADOWS - Cast Gallery - November 27, 1968. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)DENISE NICKERSON
Denise Nickerson, circa 1976. (Photo by Getty Images)
393743 01: Members of the cast of the film 'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory' pose during a celebration marking the 30th anniversary of the film and the release of a special edition version of the movie August 27, 2001 at the Warner Bros. Studio Store in New York City. A Wonka chocolate bar has also been produced for the anniversary. The cast (L to R) are Michael Bollner who played 'Augustus Gloop,' Denise Nickerson as 'Violet Beauregarde,' Paris Themmen as 'Mike Teevee,' Julie Dawn Cole as 'Veruca Salt,' and Peter Ostrum as 'Charlie Bucket.' (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
ROSEMONT, IL - AUGUST 12: Denise Nickerson attends the 2011 Wizard World Comic Con VIP Red Carpet event at the on August 12, 2011 in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Denise Nickerson who played Violet Beauregarde in the original film attends the 40th Anniversary of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory at Jacques Torres Chocolates on October 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Actress Denise Nickerson attends the 40th Anniversary of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory at Jacques Torres Chocolates on October 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: (L-R) Paris Themmen, Denise Nickerson, director Mel Stuart, Julie Cole, and Rusty Goffe attend the 40th Anniversary of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory at Jacques Torres Chocolates on October 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 19: Cast of Willy Wonka (LtoR) Diana Sowle, Julie Dawn Cole, Peter Ostrum, Michael Bollner, Denise Nickerson and Paris Themmen at the The Hollywood Show held at Westin Los Angeles Airport on July 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 20: Denise Nickerson Poses at The Hollywood Show - Day 2 at Westin Los Angeles Airport on July 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Denise Nickerson attends 2016 Chiller Theatre Expo Day 1 at Parsippany Hilton on October 28, 2016 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
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The family has also called for donations to help aid in medical expenses.
Nickerson rose to fame in the 1971 adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic as the bad-mannered Violet, who morphs into a human blueberry after chewing a special gum containing a three-course meal.
She retired from acting in the late ‘70s after appearing in a pair of soap operas, including “Dark Shadows” and “Search for Tomorrow,” as well as a 1974 episode “The Brady Bunch.”