Actress Diana Sowle passed away in the early hours of Friday morning, at the age of 88.
She was best known for playing Mrs Helen Bucket, Charlie’s mother in Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.
In a statement, her agent told various publications: ‘It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of beloved friend, family member and actress Diana Sowle at the age of 88.
Sad news: Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory star Diana Sowle has passed away aged 88 with family by her side
‘Diana passed away in the early morning hours of Friday, October 19, with family by her side.
‘She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, and will be dearly missed.’
The Willy Wonka movie is an adaptation of the 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
In a statement, her agent said: ‘It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of beloved friend, family member and actress Diana Sowle at the age of 88, (pictured in 2013)
After Gene Wilder died two years ago aged 83 following a secret battle with Alzheimer’s, the cabbage-loving matriarch became the last surviving adult principle cast member of the movie.
Talking about the role to Media Mikes, Diana spoke about how she got her coveted role:
She said: ‘Well I basically auditioned for it. My husband and I were living in Germany at the time. My husband worked for the government.
‘I have been producing plays and we toured in what were known as the America houses. They are like cultural centers.
‘They were just finding out who was around in Germany. One day, I got a call-in to audition for it and that was it.’
Diana’s only other screen roles were in 1994, when she appeared in Clear and Present Danger and Guarding Tess.
She also gave her voice to the character Agatha in the 2008 video game Fallout 3.
She lived in Washington DC with her husband until he sadly passed away in 2013.
Cast of Willy Wonka: (L-R) Michael Bollner, Julie Dawn Cole, Peter Ostrum, Diana, Paris Themmen and Julie Dawn Cole at The Hollywood Show – Day 2 at Westin in LA on July 20, 2014