'I'm a gum chewer, normally,' she shouted, 'but when I heard about these ticket things of Mr Wonka's, I gave up gum and started on chocolate bars in the hope of striking lucky.'
"'I'm a gum chewer, normally,' she shouted, 'but when I heard about these ticket things of Mr Wonka's, I gave up gum and started on chocolate bars in the hope of striking lucky.'" - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Champion gum-chewer Violet Beauregarde appears in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which has been adapted for two feature films, an opera and a West End musical.
In Roald's original story we don't learn Violet's nationality, but in the majority of adaptations she is American: from Miles City, Montana in the 1971 film; from Atlanta, Georgia in the 2005 movie; and from Hollywood in the 2013 West End musical production directed by Sam Mendes.
In all versions of the story, Violet is the third person to find one of Willy Wonka's Golden Tickets and secure a visit to his magical Chocolate Factory. She's a competitive and determined child who takes great pride in her record-breaking gum-chewing abilities.
But her excessive gum habit leads her into trouble inside the Chocolate Factory. As soon as she sees The Great Gum Machine, so keen is she to be the first person in the world to try a full chewing-gum meal that she refuses to listen to any of Mr Wonka's warnings. And that, as the Oompa-Loompas might tell us, is not a very wise decision...
On film, Violet has been played by Denise Nickerson (1971) and AnnaSophia Robb (2005).
I'm a gum chewer, normally...
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