RIP MRS BUCKET Diana Sowle dead – Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory actress dies aged 88

Diana - who played Charlie Bucket's mum in the 1976 classic - passed away in the early hours of Friday morning

22 October 2018 - 09:02

WILLY Wonka and The Chocolate Factory actress Diana Sowle dies aged 88.

She passed away in the early hours of Friday morning, a statement from her agent said.

Diana is most famous for her role as Charlie Bucket's cabbage-loving mum in the 1971 Gene Wilder film based on Roald Dahl's book.

After Gene Wilder died in 2016, she became the last surviving adult principle cast member of the 1971 film.

A statement read: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of beloved friend, family member and actress Diana Sowle at the age of 88.

“Diana passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, October 19, with family by her side.

 Reunited... Cast of Willy Wonka (LtoR) Diana Sowle, Julie Dawn Cole, Peter Ostrum, Michael Bollner, Denise Nickerson and Paris Themmen
 
Reunited... Cast of Willy Wonka (LtoR) Diana Sowle, Julie Dawn Cole, Peter Ostrum, Michael Bollner, Denise Nickerson and Paris Themmen

“She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, and will be dearly missed.”

Kind-hearted Diana ran a free tutoring programme for underprivileged children in her hometown of Washington DC, for the past 23 years.

The actress also appeared in 1994's Clear and Present Danger, alongside Harrison Ford.

She even had a voice role in popular computer game Fallout 3.

Diana was a satlwart in the theatre, and appeared as the character Mrs Schubert in Shear Madness, one the world's longest running non-musical plays.

She lived in Washington DC with her husband until his death in 2013.


 

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