Though Cruella's basic appearance, in particular her half black, half white hair, were established in Dodie Smith's original novel, the character's design in the film was developed by Bill Peet (who described Cruella as "a fiendish witch of a woman" who "made the story go"), Ken Anderson and Marc Davis.
In sketches exploring designs for Cruella, Marc Davis experimented with more youthful-looking versions of the character.
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Betty Lou Gerson (original)April Winchell (TV series and 101 Dalmatians: Escape from De Vil Manor)Tress Mac Neille (TV series; "Close But No Cigar" and "The Fungus Among Us" only)Susanne Blakeslee (1998–present)Barbara Goodson (Disney on Ice)Evil, sarcastic, ambitious, greedy, relentless, rude, reckless, psychotic, decadent, chic, egotistical, bipolar, selfish, short-tempered, cruel, ruthless, sadistic, glamorous, obnoxious, insane, Hot tempered in the live action movie Cruella De Vil is the main antagonist of Disney's 1961 animated feature film, One Hundred and One Dalmatians.
She hires Horace and Jasper Badun, two incompetent crooks, to steal Pongo and Perdita's 15 Dalmatian Puppies, and buys eighty-four more through legitimate means.
Unlike previous Disney villainesses such as the Evil Queen, Lady Tremaine, the Queen of Hearts, Aunt Sarah, and Maleficent, Cruella is not a schemer nor does she have any powers.
Her physical appearance and general manner was described as some sort of hellish beast or demon, a fact referenced in her name and in a song about her.