Cruella was born the only child to a wealthy couple. Her parents were gone often so she grew up a very lonely child, with only her cat for company. The couples' butler noticed there was something odd about the girl and informed her parents. Upon hearing this, her parents had Cruella taken away. She felt betrayed and hurt by this action, but soon met a strange woman who told her she would do great things, that she was special. Cruella ignores the woman until her cat is returned to her, it is then that she meets the fairy godmothers.
Her wand is the source of most of her power, without it she can do only minimal magic.