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Willy Wonka

Star's Return


5/27/2011 12:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The girl who played Violet Beauregarde in the original "Willy Wonka" is all grow'd up and working in aerospace! But something even more shocking made people flat out lose it in the TMZ newsroom!

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As a kid I thought the best part of the movie was when she blew up into a blueberry and they rolled her out of the room. When she burst I found it equally horrifying and satisfying.

1189 days ago


Don't worry Baby. Haven't seen it either. And I OWN it. lol

1189 days ago


I must admit, I never got around to seeing the movie, either. But it is on my to-do list. All I know about oompa loompas are that they must be orange because that's how they describe overly spray tanned white people.

1189 days ago


Well, I guess if she had chewed typical sugarless gum for the movie, she would have spent too much time in the bathroom and probably almost as much time at the dentist... Many non-sucrose sweeteners used in gum have a laxative effect if used too much and also the microorganisms responsible for cavities can figure them out and thrive on them eventually.

Nowadays there's gum sweetened only with xylitol, which actually directly helps prevent cavities (not just because it substitutes for table sugar), and also humans have a much better tolerance for it than some of the other sweeteners like sorbitol. So you can eat a lot of it without extra trips to the bathroom - it can totally substitute for sucrose (table sugar) in baking etc. The little buggies in the mouth don't seem to be able to figure out how to metabolize xylitol even though it's not zero calorie for humans, and also it tends to neutralize mouth pH or make it slightly alkaline (unpleasant for the buggies). So a few grams of xylitol a day (equal to about 12 pieces of gum or mints) after food or drink actually makes your mouth a less friendly environment for the microorganisms responsible ultimately for cavities ("plaque" microbeasties), and when that population goes down - so does your risk of cavities and gum disease.

Some Europeans (especially Scandinavians) were already giving kids xylitol for dental health back when she was suffering for her art, but it took longer to reach this side of the pond. They apparently stumbled on it when looking for cane and beet sugar substitutes during shortages as a result of the war. Xylitol can be produced from tree bark, and they have a lot of trees in Scandinavia....

1189 days ago

joey _ I love TMZ 'til ya piss me off!    

Me too! I guess that makes us a little sick :)

1189 days ago


Don't worry I only saw it in full a few years back.
oooohh I just wanna run my fingers thru them dreads and chop em off. ;-)

1189 days ago

joey _ I love TMZ 'til ya piss me off!    

my comment was in agreement with Puhp's

1189 days ago


Odd for the staffer to say it's "un-American" to have not seen the film.

It was filmed in Europe and the author is British.

1189 days ago


I thought that was hilarious...their faces when they heard charles say that he had never watched it..i wonder if he will this weekend like he love love TMZ

1189 days ago


Omg that was awesome!! id love to see what the staff parties are like there!

1189 days ago


I enjoyed seeing her but I enjoyed the banter between you all the most. :)

1189 days ago


Who cares!? Willy Wonka was a stupid ass gay movie. The idiots in the TMZ office are morons for blowing it out of proportion!!! DUMBASSES!!! The blonde chick & the brunette chick who sits next to her are reaaallly annoying, they should be fired. Hire people who are actually entertaining, instead of hiring annoying ****s who just complain all the time. Hire more people like MAX!

1189 days ago


Never saw the movie either. Read and loved the book - when the movie came out, it just looked watered down and phony. The book's about Charlie, not the pedophile candy king, and the film just looked like it'd be awful.

1189 days ago


I tried watching it but turned the channel.
There is no better fairy tale classic movie than Chiity Chitty Bang Bang! The xxxx version.

1189 days ago


I never saw it neither. It just seemed to childish for my taste.

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