Murdoch’s wife slaps foam-pie thrower

July 19, 2011

Rupert Murdoch’s 42-year-old wife, Wendi Murdoch, became the hero of the Twitterati during Tuesday’s parliamentary hearings here when she landed an impressive strike on the assailant who hurled a foam pie at her husband.

Murdoch has been criticized this week for flitting around New York and Los Angeles to the premieres of her first movie, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” which she produced, and not being beside her husband as the phone hacking crisis engulfed News Corp.

But in one swift smack, redemption was hers.

Dressed in a bright pink jacket and a black skirt, the former volleyball player leapt to smack her husband’s attacker on the head, prompting a flurry of tweets like the one from @BorowitzReport: BREAKING: Obama Invites Wendi Murdoch to Help Him Meet with Republicans

Smart, fashionable and ambitious, Wendi Murdoch is the press lord’s third wife. Raised in eastern China, she moved to the United States 23 years ago and studied at California State University and then Yale, where she studied management, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

When she moved to the United States, she initially lived with an American couple, Jake and Joyce Cherry, who sponsored her student visa. When she later moved out, Jake followed, and the two were soon married. But the nuptials were dissolved after a little more than two years.

In 1997, she met Murdoch in Hong Kong, where she was working as a senior television executive for Star TV, a News Corp. subsidiary. The couple married in 1999, three weeks after Murdoch’s divorce from Anna, his wife of 32 years.

The Murdochs live in New York with their daughters, Grace and Chloe.

Karla Adam is a reporter in the Washington Post’s London bureau. Before joining the Post in 2006, she worked as a freelancer in London for the New York Times and People magazine.
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