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By[https://www.dailywire.com/authors/james-barrett JAMES BARRETT]
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|birthdate = January 7, 1974<ref name="tvguidevictoria">http://www.tvguide.com/celebrities/victoria-smurfit/bio/178328</ref>
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|birthplace = [[Wikipedia:Dublin|Dublin]], [[Wikipedia:Ireland|Ireland]]<ref name="tvguidevictoria"/>
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|status = Guest Starring
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|portrays = [[Cruella De Vil]] / [[Cruella De Vil (Wish Realm)]]
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{{Quote|I was terrified because she's so iconic, and the person who played her previously was [[Wikipedia:Glenn Close|Glenn Close]], who's my idol. But I wasn't able to watch her version of it because I thought that if I did, I would mess myself up. It was extremely intimidating, but beyond exciting. I love [[Cruella De Vil|Cruella]].|Victoria Smurfit <sup>[http://collider.com/once-upon-a-time-victoria-smurfit-talks-cruella-de-vil-and-season-4/ src]</sup>}}
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'''Victoria Smurfit''' is the Irish actress who portrays [[Cruella De Vil]] and [[Cruella De Vil (Wish Realm)]] on [[ABC]]'s ''[[Once Upon a Time]]''.
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==Biography==
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Victoria Smurfit was born in 1974 in [[Wikipedia:Dublin|Dublin]], [[Wikipedia:Ireland|Ireland]] to Caroline and Dermot Smurfit. She has one brother also named Dermot Smurfit.<ref name="tvguidevictoria"/> The family, headed by Victoria's uncle [[Wikipedia:Michael Smurfit|Michael Smurfit]], sponsors a number of sporting events including the [[Wikipedia:Smurfit European Open|Smurfit European Open]] and the [[Wikipedia:Champion Hurdle|Champion Hurdle]]. The family is also associated with [[Wikipedia:Smurfit Business School|Smurfit Business School]] in [[Wikipedia:University College Dublin|University College Dublin]].<ref>http://www.smurfitschool.ie/aboutsmurfit/abouttheschool/</ref>
   
Video footage highlighted by journalist Alfons López Tena presents a truly incredible scene featuring dictatorial Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro literally dancing with other members of the political elite as his militarized police force brutally represses his own citizens in the streets, shooting tear gas, physically assaulting them and reportedly killing many, as huge armored vehicles move through the city.
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Educated at [[Wikipedia:St Columba's College, Dublin|St. Columba's College in Dublin]] and [[Wikipedia:St. George's School, Ascot|St. George's School]] in [[Wikipedia:Ascot, England|Ascot, England]], she later finished her studies at the [[Wikipedia:Bristol Old Vic Theatre School|Bristol Old Vic Theatre School]]. In 1997, Victoria introduced herself to television viewers on the [[Wikipedia:BBC|BBC]] series ''Ivanhoe'' followed by the BBC miniseries ''[[Wikipedia:Berkeley Square (TV series)|Berkeley Square]]''. Her breakthrough role came on the BBC series ''[[Wikipedia:Ballykissangel|Ballykissangel]]''. Other series roles include those on the [[Wikipedia:Channel 4|Channel 4]] drama ''[[Wikipedia:North Square|North Square]]'', [[Wikipedia:Granada TV|Granada TV]]'s ''[[Wikipedia:Cold Feet|Cold Feet]]'', [[Wikipedia:ITV (TV network)|ITV]]'s ''[[Wikipedia:Trial & Retribution|Trial &amp; Retribution]]'' and the Irish [[Wikipedia:Raidió Teilifís Éireann|RTÉ]] series ''[[Wikipedia:The Clinic (TV series|The Clinic]]''. Among her other TV projects are telefilms such as ''[[Wikipedia:The Shell Seekers (film)|The Shell Seekers]]'' with [[Wikipedia:Vanessa Redgrave|Vanessa Redgrave]], [[Wikipedia:Agatha Christie|Agatha Christie]]'s ''Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side'' and [[Wikipedia:The Hallmark Channel|The Hallmark Channel]]'s ''Honeymoon for One'', a guest-starring role on the [[ABC]] series ''[[Wikipedia:Missing (2012 TV series)|Missing]]'', and a starring spot on NBC's short-lived vampire drama ''[[Wikipedia:Dracula (TV series)|Dracula]]'' as Lady Jane Wetherby.<ref name="nbc">http://www.nbc.com/dracula/about/bio/victoria-smurfit</ref> On the big screen, Victoria has shown both her drama and comedy talents in such feature films as ''[[Wikipedia:The Run of the Country|The Run of the Country]]'', ''[[Wikipedia:The Leading Man|The Leading Man]]'', ''Romance and Rejection'', ''[[Wikipedia:The Wedding Tackle (film)|The Wedding Tackle]]'', ''[[Wikipedia:The Last Great Wilderness (film)|The Last Great Wilderness]]'', ''[[Wikipedia:Bulletproof Monk|Bulletproof Monk]]'', [[Wikipedia:Danny Boyle|Danny Boyle]]'s ''[[Wikipedia:The Beach (film)|The Beach]]'' and the [[Wikipedia:Chris Weitz|Chris]] and [[Wikipedia:Paul Weitz (filmmaker)|Paul Weitz]] film ''[[Wikipedia:About a Boy|About a Boy]]'' with [[Wikipedia:Hugh Grant|Hugh Grant]].<ref name="nbc"/>
   
Watch (video may include "sensitive material" warning that requires your approval to view):
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She married advertising executive Douglas Baxter in 2000,<ref>http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1389650/Victoria-Smurfit-husband-Doug-Baxter-quit-Ireland-bid-break-Hollywood.html</ref> and they have three children; Evie Dorothy, Ridley Belle and Flynn Alexander.<ref name="tvguidevictoria"/>
<p lang="en">Venezuela's dictator dancing in state TV while his police shoot tear gas, clash with protesters, kill them.<br />Normalcy[https://t.co/Gax2VveH7S pic.twitter.com/Gax2VveH7S]</p>
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==Trivia==
Alfons López Tena (@alfonslopeztena) [https://twitter.com/alfonslopeztena/status/860117669911113730 May 4, 2017]As one follower aptly pointed out, Maduro is clearly a student of history because he's doing his best imitation of another notorious tyrannical autocrat:
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*Before she was cast as [[Cruella De Vil]] on ''[[Once Upon a Time]]'', Victoria auditioned for the role of [[Colette]].<ref>https://twitter.com/Xivent/status/612513624452648960</ref>
<p lang="en">[https://twitter.com/timpastoor @timpastoor] [https://twitter.com/alfonslopeztena @alfonslopeztena] Nero was first! [https://t.co/Je4SZSye3U pic.twitter.com/Je4SZSye3U]</p>
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*After the announcement that the [[Season Seven|seventh season]] would be the final season of the [[Once Upon a Time|series]], she wrote the following on [[Twitter]]:
— Tering Nering (@TeringNering) [https://twitter.com/TeringNering/status/860140180774293504 May 4, 2017]If you haven't been keeping track of the economic and political upheaval playing out in Venezuela recently, the situation has reached dystopian nightmare levels. Despite sitting on [https://www.eia.gov/beta/international/data/browser/#/?pa=0000000000000000000008&c=ruvvvvvfvtvnvv1urvvvvfvvvvvvfvvvou20evvvvvvvvvnvvuvo&ct=0&tl_id=5-A&vs=INTL.57-6-AFG-BB.A&cy=2016&vo=0&v=H&start=1980 the world's largest known oil reserves], the once wealthy country's economy has utterly collapsed as [http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/what-caused-venezuelas-collapse-is-no-mystery-except-to-economically-illiterate-journalists/ the inevitable result] of socialist leader Hugo Chávez (president from February 1999 to March 2013) nationalizing more than 1,150 companies, including many banks, all public utilities, and, most notably, the entire oil industry. The darling of the left also handed out hundreds of billions to the poor, driving up the national debt and creating a culture of widespread dependency on the government.
 
   
The collapse of oil prices and Maduro's continuation of his predecessor's socialist policies have resulted in a tragic and increasingly dire situation. The Telegraph's Jason Mitchell provides some of the [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/01/venezuela-collapsing-socialist-induced-chaos-yet-remains-corbynista/ stark numbers]:
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::''A HUGE congratulations to all in front and behind the scenes of @OnceABC What a ride. What joy you’ve brought to millions. #bestfansever''<ref>https://twitter.com/VictoriaSmurfit/status/960989390204936192</ref>
The country ran out of toilet paper five years’ ago. [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/21/venezuelans-flee-across-border-colombia-caracas-braces-protests/ During the past year, the average Venezuelan has not had enough to eat and has lost 19 pounds in weight]. People are being forced to rummage through rubbish. They have even started to raid zoos and to eat giant anteaters and flamingos. Eight in ten medicines are not available. The minimum wage is 149,000 bolivars, the equivalent of £33 a month. The state pension is the same.
 
   
The country’s GDP collapsed by 19 per cent last year, imports are down 50 per cent, and inflation is running at more than 700 per cent.
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<small>Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.</small>
   
At the heart of Venezuela’s economic chaos lies market distortions. Petrol is sold at less than 1p per litre, costing £12 billion in state subsidies. Price controls mean that it is unprofitable for small businesses to sell staple goods, creating shortages.
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With almost all of the country's cash depending on the oil market, all it took was declining prices for the whole socialist dream to go up in flames. Now, in order to keep himself in power, Maduro is doing what Marxist leaders like him do best: crush their own people.
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I was terrified because she's so iconic, and the person who played her previously was Glenn Close, who's my idol. But I wasn't able to watch her version of it because I thought that if I did, I would mess myself up. It was extremely intimidating, but beyond exciting. I love Cruella.
—Victoria Smurfit src

Victoria Smurfit is the Irish actress who portrays Cruella De Vil and Cruella De Vil (Wish Realm) on ABC's Once Upon a Time.

Biography

Victoria Smurfit was born in 1974 in Dublin, Ireland to Caroline and Dermot Smurfit. She has one brother also named Dermot Smurfit.[1] The family, headed by Victoria's uncle Michael Smurfit, sponsors a number of sporting events including the Smurfit European Open and the Champion Hurdle. The family is also associated with Smurfit Business School in University College Dublin.[2]

Educated at St. Columba's College in Dublin and St. George's School in Ascot, England, she later finished her studies at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. In 1997, Victoria introduced herself to television viewers on the BBC series Ivanhoe followed by the BBC miniseries Berkeley Square. Her breakthrough role came on the BBC series Ballykissangel. Other series roles include those on the Channel 4 drama North Square, Granada TV's Cold Feet, ITV's Trial & Retribution and the Irish RTÉ series The Clinic. Among her other TV projects are telefilms such as The Shell Seekers with Vanessa Redgrave, Agatha Christie's Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side and The Hallmark Channel's Honeymoon for One, a guest-starring role on the ABC series Missing, and a starring spot on NBC's short-lived vampire drama Dracula as Lady Jane Wetherby.[3] On the big screen, Victoria has shown both her drama and comedy talents in such feature films as The Run of the Country, The Leading Man, Romance and Rejection, The Wedding Tackle, The Last Great Wilderness, Bulletproof Monk, Danny Boyle's The Beach and the Chris and Paul Weitz film About a Boy with Hugh Grant.[3]

She married advertising executive Douglas Baxter in 2000,[4] and they have three children; Evie Dorothy, Ridley Belle and Flynn Alexander.[1]

Trivia

A HUGE congratulations to all in front and behind the scenes of @OnceABC What a ride. What joy you’ve brought to millions. #bestfansever[6]

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

External links

References

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