I Want it Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, by Julie Dawn Cole (Book, 2011)

I Want it Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryI Want it Now! A Memoir of Life on the Set of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Julie Dawn Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Julie Dawn Cole's portrayal of Veruca Salt was one of my earliest crushes. It wasn't until I saw the Tim Burton version of "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory", and saw another actress play Veruca, that I realized fully how brilliant Ms Cole was.
I hate memoirs that bog down in ancillary details, soft-peddling the "main event" as it were.
In "I Want It Now!" Julie Dawn Cole strikes the perfect balance. She gives us some of her backstory, then a huge, wonderfully detailed account of "Willy Wonka"s filming in Germany.
She adds stories from her post-Wonka career and personal life, but that works mainly as a bridge to recent years, and the spate of cast reunions.
My two favorite revelations: first, Gene Wilder was kind, friendly, patient, and fun around the kids. Second, the guys playing the Oompa-Loompa's went out drinking many nights, bless them, and closed down Munich's pubs.
Julie Dawn Cole has lived an interesting life--she works as a fitness instructor and psychotherapist, in addition to running a youth theatre program. She shares enough information to update her story nicely.
She's a wise storyteller, though, in that she devotes most of this volume--both words and candid pictures--to her Wonka experiences.
The feeling I got was that she sat next to me on a long flight, kindly answered all my questions, showed me some photos, then--after a pleasant chat--suddenly we're landing, and go our separate ways.
Recommended.
(Thanks to Kelly for telling me this was available free yesterday on Kindle!)

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B.A. in Literature, Minor in Film Theory and Criticism, thus meaning all I’m trained is to write blog posts here. Neptune is my favorite planet–it vents methane into the solar system like my brother does. I think Chicken McNuggets look like Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Indiana. There are times when I’m medicated, which is why I wrote about McNuggets. Buy some today and tell me I’m wrong! Anyway, Beyond that: mammal, Floridian, biped.Good Night, and Good Luck. Besos, tom
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