Video of 42-year-old Deng jumping forward to smack a protester with a pie aimed at Murdoch’s face quickly went viral, and numerous fan pages quickly popped up on social networking sites such as Facebook praising her quick rapid reflexes.
For the better part of the hearing, Deng _ Murdoch’s third wife _ sat behind her husband and stepson, James, as they answered questions from British lawmakers. When a protester approached Rupert Murdoch, 80, with a foam pie he’d managed to smuggle in, one of Murdoch’s lawyers _ Janet Nova _ quickly stepped in.
But it was the image of the long and lean Deng _ clad in a prim pink blazer and polka dot pencil skirt _ leaping forward to swat, open-palmed, at the man trying to attack her husband that stunned millions of TV viewers and presenters watching the events unfold live.
For what could be the first time, Deng’s celebrity briefly eclipsed that of her husband. Within minutes of the attack, social media were abuzz with praise of Deng’s heroic leap in defense of her husband.
Since then she has largely played the role of devoted spouse but is also the co-founder and co-CEO of the film production company Big Feet Productions.
She has two daughters with Murdoch _ Grace, who was born in 2001 and Chloe who was born in 2003.