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Catherine Miller was the former maid of Baroness Von Hellman and the adoptive mother of Estella.

Appearance

Catherine used to work for the Baron and Baroness Von Hellman as a maid at Hellman Hall. When the Baroness became pregnant, she did not take her pregnancy with joy and decided to be rid of the baby. When the Baroness gave birth to Estella Von Hellman, she ordered her loyal valet and butler, John, to kill her daughter in secret while the Baroness made up a cover story about having a stillborn. However unbeknownst to her, John was unable to bring himself to murder the newborn baby and so gave Estella to Catherine who decided to raise Estella in secret as her adoptive daughter.

While growing up, Estella was considered an outcast due to being born with half-black and half-white hair and while she showed a gift for fashion at a young age, Catherine tried to get Estella to not work with a free-hand and work with a pattern instead. Estella would at times show mischievous side to her personality, which Catherine had nicknamed 'Cruella'. Catherine enrolled Estella in primary school where she urged her daughter to be Estella instead of Cruella, while Estella made one friend Anita Darling, she refused to fit into or be bullied by the other kids, who treated her as an outcast due to her half-black and half-white hair. At one point, the other students turned on Estella and threw her into a dumpster, where she met a stray dog she named Buddy, Estella then brings Buddy home with her where she and Catherine make him a member of the small family. in spite of Catherine's best attempts, Estella would go on to be a rule-braking problem child, resulting in a school record with many blemishes to the point where the headmaster wanted to expel Estella. To keep her daughters record clean, Catherine had no choice but to withdraw Estella from school before she could be expelled.

After this Catherine decided to drive the small family to London in order to start a new life. Catherine then gave Estella a valuable necklace that once belonged to the Baroness. After arriving at Hellman Hall, Catherine parked the car outside one the the large gala's of her former boss, the Baroness. Catherine then covered Estella's hair and told her to stay inside the car while she left to find the Baroness. While at the gala, Catherine tried to ask her former boss, the Baroness, for money so that she and Estella could start a new life but during a commotion that Buddy and Cruella accidentally create, the Baroness uses her special whistle to command her three dalmatians to kill Catherine by chasing Buddy and Estella out of the gala and then chasing Catherine to a cliff before knocking her of, causing her to fall to her death.

Blaming herself for Catherine's death, Estella ran away to the Regents Park Fountain but lost the necklace Catherine gave her, which the Baroness found and reclaimed. Years later Estella discovers the truth surrounding Catherine's death and goes to Regents Park, where she made peace with her late adoptive mother and vowed to avenge her death by ruining the Baroness reputation. However, she is shocked when she discovers that Catherine was never her biological mother, and instead raised her due to the Baroness (Estella's true biological mother) wanting the child dead. Angry and upset with the revelation, Estella returns to Regents Park to lash out at Catherine for keeping this a secret, and deduces that the reason why Catherine wanted her to conceal her true nature was because she was afraid Estella would become like the Baroness. Having finally let her feelings out, Estella, now having made peace with the truth, embraces her new self as Cruella and carries on with her plans of revenge, finally avenging Catherine after she succeeds.

Trivia

  • She is a brand-new character and has no animated counterpart.


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Media
Films: One Hundred and One Dalmatians101 Dalmatians102 Dalmatians101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London AdventureCruellaCruella 2

TV Series: 101 Dalmatians: The Series101 Dalmatian Street
Music: One Hundred and One DalmatiansCruellaCruella: Original Score by Nicholas Britell
Video Games: Animated StoryBook: 101 DalmatiansMath Antics with Disney's 101 DalmatiansDisney Hotshots: Disney's 101 Dalmatians101 Dalmatians: Escape from DeVil Manor102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue102 Dalmatians: Activity Center101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London AdventureKingdom Hearts
Books: Disney Princess BeginningsHello, Cruel HeartBe Careful What You Wish Fur

Disney Parks
Club VillainSorcerers of the Magic KingdomMidship Detective Agency

Entertainment: Disney Classics: The Music & The MagicThe Golden MickeysVillains Tonight!
Parades: Disney Cinema Parade
Fireworks: Wonderful World of Animation
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween PartyFrightfully Fun ParadeHappy HallowishesHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularIt's Good to be Bad with the Disney VillainsLet's Get WickedMickey's Boo-to-You Halloween ParadeRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeScream and Shout Halloween ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out! Chapter 2

Characters
One Hundred and One Dalmatians: PongoPerditaRoger RadcliffeAnita RadcliffeNannyCruella De VilJasper and HoraceThunderboltDirty DawsonLuckyPatchRollyPennyFrecklesPepperDalmatian PuppiesDannyScottieTowserLucyCaptainSergeant TibbsColonelPrissyCollieThe CowsLabrador

101 Dalmatians: The Series: CadpigSpotMoochTripodScorchLieutenant PugMayor Ed PigDumplingCorneliaSwamp RatCydneStevenPersian PeteVendella De VilGo-GoBlazeCave PupRebeccaThe VandercreamsAmber DearlyP.H. De VilCecil B. De VilIvy De VilMalevola De VilJudge Dimsdale De Vil
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure: Lil' LightningLars
101 Dalmatians: HerbertAlonzoMr. SkinnerJewelDipstickFidgetTwo-ToneWhizzerKipper
101 Dalmatian Street: DylanDollyDawkinsDougDelilahTriple-DDanteD.J.DeepakDieselDorothyDa VinciDelgadoDizzy & Dee DeeDimitri TrioPortia PoodleFergus FoxHanselRoxySnowballClarissaPearlHunter De VilSpikeConstantin SidBig FeeSpencer Sausage DogSummerChipsArabellaPrunellaBessieApolloCuddlesDoctor DaveGodfreyHugoStanislav
Video game characters: Patches
102 Dalmatians: Chloe SimonKevin ShepherdJean-Pierre Le PeltDottieLittle DipperDominoOddballFluffyDroolerChompDiggerWaddlesworthEwan
Cruella: Baroness Von HellmanBuddyWinkArtieJohnCatherine MillerThe Baroness' Dalmatians

Episodes
101 Dalmatians: The Series

ABC Episodes: "Home is Where the Bark Is" • "He Followed Me Home" • "Love 'Em and Flea 'Em" • "Howl Noon" • "Easy on the Lies" • "Two for the Show" • "An Officer and a Gentledog" • "Bad to the Bone" • "Southern Fried Cruella" • "Swine Song" • "Watch for Falling Idols" • "The High Price of Fame" • "The Great Cat Invasion" • "No Train, No Gain" • "Rolly's Egg-Celent Adventure" • "Wild Chick Chase" • "The Dogs of DeVil" • "Dog's Best Friend" • "A Christmas Cruella" • "Out to Launch" • "Prophet and Loss"
Syndicated Episodes: "You Slipped a Disk" • "Chow About That?" • "Tic Track Toe" • "Lucky All Star" • "Shake, Rattle, and Woof" • "Cadpig Behind Bars" • "Leisure Lawsuit" • "Purred It Through the Grapevine" • "Our Own Digs" • "Goose Pimples (Goose Pamples)" • "Two Faces of Anita" • "The Fungus Among Us" • "Market Mayhem" • "Lucky to be Alone" • "Four Stories Up" • "It's a Swamp Thing" • "Roll Out the Pork Barrel" • "Alive N' Chicken" • "Prima Doggy" • "You Say It's Your Birthday" • "Oozy Does It" • "Barnboozled" • "Citizen Canine" • "Full Metal Pullet" • "Dough the Right Thing" • "Frisky Business" • "Cadet of the Month" • "Valentine Daze" • "Close But No Cigar" • "Invasion of the Doggy Snatchers" • "Smoke Detectors" • "Lobster Tale" • "Double Dog Dare" • "Mooove It On Over" • "Shipwrecked" • "Mall Pups" • "Shrewzle Watch" • "The Life You Save" • "Spots and Shots" • "On the Lamb" • "Treasure of Swamp Island" • "Lord of the Termites" • "Fountain of Youth" • "Walk a Mile in My Tracks" • "Cruella World" • "Hail to the Chief" • "Food for Thought" • "The Maltese Chicken" • "Film Fatale" • "My Fair Chicken" • "Snow Bounders" • "Gnaw or Never" • "Poison Ivy" • "Twelve Angry Pups" • "The Good-bye Chick" • "Robo-Rolly" • "Splishing and Splashing" • "Virtual Lucky" • "Cupid Pups" • "The Artist Formerly Known as Spot" • "The Nose Knows" • "K is for Kibble" • "Humanitarian of the Year" • "Beauty Pageant Pandemonium" • "Hog-Tied" • "Coup DeVil" • "Every Little Crooked Nanny" • "Cone Head" • "Channels" • "Un-Lucky" • "The Making of..." • "Best of Show" • "Walk on the Wild Side" • "Horace and Jasper's Big Career Move" • "DeVil-Age Elder" • "Jurassic Bark" • "My Fair Moochie" • "Dog Food Day Afternoon" • "Spot's Fairy God-Chicken" • "Good Neighbor Cruella" • "Animal House Party" • "Dalmatian Vacation, Part I - Road Warriors" • "Dalmatian Vacation, Part II - Cross-Country Calamity" • "Dalmatian Vacation, Part III - Dearly Beloved"
101 Dalmatian Street
Shorts: "Merry Pups" • "Muddy Pups" • "Prank Pups" • "Ransom Pups" • "Target Pups" • "Yoga Pups" • "Jurassic Pups" "Space Pups" • "Disco Pups" • "Diva Pups"
Season One: "Dog's Best Friend" • "Boom Night" • "Power to the Puppies" • "Who The Dog Do You Think You Are?" • "Walkies on the Wild Side" • "May Contain Nuts" • "Winter Funderland" • "Snow Day" • "Perfect Match" • "All Fired Up" • "Poetry Scam" • "Crushed Out" • "Girls' Day Out" • "The Woof Factor" • "The Nose Job" • "My Fair Dolly" • "Flea-Mageddon" • "A Right Royal Rumble" • "Dal-Martians" • "A Date with Destiny... Dallas and Déjà Vu" • The Wow of MiaowFear WindowThe Dog HouseA Summer to RememberLong Tongue DayDoggy Da VinciLondon, We Have a ProblemIt's My PartyFox in the Dog HouseFetchDon't Push Your LuckThe Curse of the FerrydogThe Walls Are AliveDiamond DogsRide AlongPoodlewolfThe Longest NightBalancing ActDawkins Strikes BackPoodlefall!Dotty DancingYappily Ever AfterD-FactorPuppy DreamsDante's InfernoBetter The De Vil You KnowThe De Vil Wears Puppies

Locations
LondonRegents ParkHell HallDinsfordDearly FarmGruteley CountyCherry Tree FarmHouse of DeVil101 Dalmatian Street2nd Time AroundLiberty LondonSmith & WollenskyHouse of Baroness
Songs
Films: Cruella De VilKanine KrunchiesDalmatian PlantationPlayful MelodyI See SpotsTry AgainYou're the OneDigga Digga DogSo Fabulous, So FierceWho's Sorry Now?Perhaps, Perhaps, PerhapsLivin' ThingCall Me CruellaThese Boots Are Made for Walkin'

Animated Storybook: I Love FurPuppies, Oh, PuppiesTwilight BarkUp the StairCover Yourselves with Soot
TV Series: 1-0-1Dalmatian VacationSurf PuppiesI Got My Pups with MeIt's a Dog's LifeIn the HouseDolly's RapDogs are Out for Summer SunIt's a PrankWe're Sending You Love
Deleted: Don't Buy a Parrot from a SailorMarch of the One Hundred and OneCheerio, Good-Bye, Toodle-oo, Hip Hip!One Hundred and OneThe Creation of Cruella De Vil

See Also
Cruella's carJasper and Horace's truckThe Thunderbolt Adventure HourThe Disney AfternoonHouse of MouseOnce Upon a TimeThe Further Adventures of Thunderbolt
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