The actress who played Violet in "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" recently suffered a stroke that's left her in critical condition ... and her family in dire straits.
A Facebook group has been started to help support Denise Nickerson, who's recovering from a stroke she suffered in late June. The FB group has been offering updates on her health status for about a week now, and is also offering autographed items for cash so they can stay by her side.
Our sources say she's had a pacemaker put in and is being fed through feeding tubes.
In addition to her 'Wonka' fame, she also appeared in an episode of "The Brady Bunch," and was a regular in the series "Dark Shadows" and "The Electric Company."
The family's raised $2,492 so far for health care fees and other costs.