Diana Sowle

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Diana Sowle
Born (1930-06-19) June 19, 1930 (age 87)
California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1971–2008
Spouse(s) (widowed - 2013)

Diana Sowle (born June 19, 1930) is an American actress, who has worked in all facets of the entertainment industry.


Sowle is most notable for her role of Mrs. Bucket (Charlie Bucket's mother) in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, and her performance of the song "Cheer Up Charlie" (although dubbed by Diana Lee[1])in that film. Following the death of Leonard Stone in 2011 (who played Mr. Sam Beauregarde in the film), she is the last surviving parent of a child character in the film. Following the death of Gene Wilder in 2016, she became one of few living adult cast members, the others being [2] as Tim Brooke-Taylor who played the computer scientist, Gloria Manon who played Mrs. Curtis, and three Oompa-Loompas, including Rusty Goffe.

Her only other screen roles to date came in 1994 when she appeared in Clear and Present Danger and Guarding Tess.

Sowle also does the voice acting for the character Agatha in the game Fallout 3, released in 2008.

She is a frequent performer in the long-running play Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center, portraying socialite Eleanor Shubert. Her most recent appearance was in May-June 2013.

In the summer of 2012 she appeared in a production of Love Letters with F-Troop star Larry Storch in Farmville, VA to benefit The Tom Mix Rangers.

Personal life[edit]

Sowle is a native of California and lived in the Washington, D.C., area, where her husband worked for the CIA. He died in 2013.[3]


Year Film Role Other notes
1971 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Mrs. Bucket
1994 Guarding Tess Hairdresser
Clear and Present Danger Cartel Maid
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Fallout 3 Old Lady Palmer/Agatha/Margaret Primrose/Manya Vargas/Bloomseer Poplar/Tiffany Cheng/Leaf Mother Laurel/Old Lady Dithers/Mother Maya


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