‘Willy Wonka’ cast reunion: See what the kids look like 44 years later

11.11.15 2 years ago

It's been 44 years since “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” hit theaters, and this morning the “Today” show staged a reunion of the five kid cast members (and one Oompa Loompa) just in case you were curious what they look like as middle-aged people.

Not that it was much of a reunion: the group has kept in close touch over the years and regularly attend conventions together in places like Orlando, Florida. Among the startling “True Hollywood Story”-style revelations: Denise Nickerson (Violet Beauregarde) doesn't chew gum! Peter Ostrum (Charlie Bucket) grew up to become a veterinarian! Oh, and Veruca Salt (Julie Dawn Cole)? Still flawless.

See the before and after magic below.

Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

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