Wendi, Rupert Murdoch True to Character, Biographer Says

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Loyal Wife, Family Tensions

"The other thing is nobody really likes Wendi," Wolff said, alluding to family tensions that arose when Deng reportedly battled Murdoch's adult children to secure a voting position for her children in the family trust, giving them access to a stake of News Corp., worth billions of dollars.

"Despite all this, she has persevered ...," Wolff said. "The feeling you come away with is this is a person with incredible faith and vitality."

As Murdoch's wife, Deng became a red-carpet regular in the United States herself, counting many of the rich and famous among her friends.

Just as the scandal embroiling her husband and her family's fortunes exploded this weekend, Deng was in New York's glitzy Hamptons, attending a screening of the film she produced, the just-released "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," a story set in 19th century China about the tough cultural norms imposed on women.

She reportedly flew to London Tuesday to be there for her husband's hearing.

"Their relationship has changed over the years, she provided him company and comfort in the early days," the Monthly's Ellis said. "[She's] probably become closer to him and more of an advisor more recently."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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