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October 24, 2010

what ever happened to…. the kids from willy wonka and the chocolate factory

today, as i am watching willy wonka and the chocolate factory (the 1971 version) and tweeting, one of my followers ask, “what are the kids in this movie doing now?”  those who know me well know i love research, so i set out to answer his question.

julie dawn cole: veruca salt.


julie dawn cole was 12 when she was cast in the unforgettable role of veruca salt.  her salary for playing veruca was £600 (which is about $967.00 in american money). of the five main child actors in the film, cole is the only one to have continued performing, accumulating numerous, primarily television, credits in soaps and mini-series. other credits include a 1982 episode of tales of the unexpected.
in august 2010 cole co-starred in an edinburgh fringe show entitled willy wonka revisted: the veruca salt sessions where she plays a semi-fictional version of herself discussing veruca, life and obsessive fans with an unseen therapist while her co-star plays an australian fan discussing his obsession with veruca with his unseen therapist.

she has two children.

denise nickerson:  violet beauregarde.



after starring in willy wonka and the chocolate factory,  denise nickerson joined the cast of  the electric company as “allison”, a member of the short circus music group from 1972-1973. producers saw the potential in nickerson and often had her singing lead on several songs, including “the sweet sweet sway.” she also guest starred as pamela, a girlfriend of peter brady on one of the final the brady bunch episodes, “two petes in a pod”.

nickerson starred in the 1975 satiric, beauty-pageant inspired motion picture “smile”, as miss san diego’s shirley tolstoy. in 1976 she appeared in the film zero to sixty and tv movie child of glass. nickerson turned 21 in 1978, and opted to quit acting at that time.   she is currently an accountant at an engineering plant and resides in denver, colorado.   she has one child.

paris themmen: mike teevee


paris themmen was 11 years old when he starred as mike teevee in willy wonka and the chocolate factory. as an adult, themmen has dabbled in various careers, including commercial casting, film production, disney imagineering, retail, real estate, and finance.

media appearances include “virtuoso”, a 2000, sixth season episode of the tv series star trek: voyager, and as a contestant billed as a “former child star” in two 2008 episodes of the american game show duel.

michael bollner: augustus gloop

interviewed on hbo, along with the other stars of willy wonka & the chocolate factory, bollner said he enjoyed acting in the film, even though he could not speak english beforehand and had to have his lines coached by a crewmember.

in the feautrette “pure imagination, the making of willy wonka and the chocolate factory” böllner mentioned that he has done a couple more films in germany after willy wonka & the chocolate factory, but quit soon because his father said he should finish school. he is now a tax accountant in munich.

peter ostrum: charlie bucket

Ostrum is currently a veternarian and reside in new york with his wife loretta and two children.

source: wikipedia


October 19, 2010

blast from the past — da puppies “funky y-2-c” (1994)

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who remembers this group?

da puppies was a child hip hop duo from florida, composed of brother and sister calvin “big boy” mills and tamara “dee” mills. 

calvin mills is still in the music industry and has degree in  business administration  from florida international university.

October 18, 2010

willow smith — whip my hair (official video)

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October 15, 2010

“for colored girls” movie trailer.

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Tyler Perry’s new film: For Colored Girls is based on Ntozake Shange’s stage play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf”. The cast includes: Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington, Thandie Newton, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise and Anika Noni Rose. This cast = a hit! These women are acting sistas!

“For Colored Girls” hits theaters on November 5th. See the trailer below.

*new music* t.i. ft. chris brown: get back up.

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.nicki minaj releases cover for debut album.

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album in stores 11.23.10

October 12, 2010

mcdonald’s happy meal doesn’t decompose?

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six months ago, new york city-based artist and photographer sally davies, started the “happy meal project.”  she initiated the project to prove a friend wrong. he believed that any burger would mold or rot within two or three days of being left on a counter.

“I told my friend about a schoolteacher who’s kept a mcdonald’s burger for 12 years that hasn’t changed at all, and he didn’t believe me when I told him about it.  he thought I was crazy and said I shouldn’t believe everything that I read, so I decided to try it myself.”

Wellness and nutrition educator karen hanrahan has indeed kept a mcdonald’s hamburger since 1996 to show clients and students how resistant fast food can be to decomposition.  should we be worried?

davies is also considering keeping her experiment going for a long time. “it ceased giving off any sort of odor after 24 hours,” she said, adding: “you have to see this thing.”

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October 1, 2010

halle berry launches new fragrance.

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halle berry in hamburg, germany on september 30th celebrating the launch of her new fragrance: reveal.

ebony magazine turns 65.

mary j. blige, taraji p. henson, samuel l. jackson, usher and nia long grace the 65th anniversary cover & november issue of ebony magazine.

you can find it on newsstands beginning oct. 5 and nationwide october 12, 2010.

.alicia keys and sade perform together.

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alicia keys performing “love is stronger than pride” with sade at the “keep a child alive black ball on september 30th.

sade is 51 and looks better than some people half her age.

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