Dennis Hopper's Fifth Wife
Victoria Duffy was the fifth and last wife of American actor and director Dennis Hopper before he died on May 29, 2010. Married in 1996, Hopper filed for divorce from his wife in January 2010 and was granted a restraining order against her in February 2010 after citing her “hideous conduct” and saying Duffy was “insane,” “inhuman” and “volatile.” Consequently, she was not allowed to come within ten feet of him or contact him and was ordered to move out of the Hopper house by March 15, 2010. Duffy accused Hopper of allegedly running off with art and leaving town. According to a court ruling in April 2010, Duffy could continue living on Hopper's property and he was ordered to pay $12,000 per month spousal and child support for their daughter Galen (born in 2003). She later also received one-quarter of Hopper's life insurance policy.
Apart from her much published divorce, Duffy has appeared in small roles in several films, including Hopper's “Chasers” (1994), Daphna Kastner's “French Exit” (1995), Wim Wanders' “The End of Violence” (1997), Abel Ferrara's “The Blackout,” Sebastian Gutierrez's “Judas Kiss” (1998) and Robert Dornhelm's “The Venice Project” (1999).
Mother of 1
Childhood and Family:
Victoria Duffy was born Victoria Cane Duffy on October 10, 1967, in the United States. She married actor, filmmaker and artist Dennis Hopper in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Old South Church on April 12, 1996. At the time of the marriage, Victoria was 29 years old and Hopper was 60. She became Hopper's fifth wife. The couple welcomed a daughter named Galen Grier Hopper on March 26, 2003, but later separated in January 2010. On May 29, 2010, Hopper passed away from prostate cancer.
The Venice Project
Victoria Duffy had her first taste in front of the film camera when she landed a bit part in “Miracle Beach,” a 1992 independent film directed by Skott Sniderand that starred Dean Cameron, Ami Dolenz and Felicity Waterman. She then briefly appeared in the comedy “Chasers” (1994), which was directed by Dennis Hopper, and made her TV movie debut in “Witch Hunt” (1994), a film starring Hopper, Penelope Ann Miller and Eric Bogosian. In 1995, she received a bit part in the Daphna Kastner directed romantic comedy “French Exit,” starring Mädchen Amick, Jonathan Silverman and Molly Hagan.
Following her marriage to Hopper in 1996, Duffy returned to the big screen with a small role as a cop in German director Wim Wanders' “The End of Violence” (1997), starring Traci Lind, Rosalind Chao and Bill Pullman. The same year, she appeared as a script girl in the Abel Ferrara drama “The Blackout,” which was screened at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival out of competition. The film starred Matthew Modine, Claudia Schiffer and Dennis Hopper.
In 1998, Duffy was featured as a news anchor in “Judas Kiss,” a thriller directed and co-written by Sebastian Gutierrez that starred Carla Gugino, Simon Baker-Denny, Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. It premiered at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival and won the Critics Award at the 1999 Cognac Festival du Film Policier.
In 1999, Duffy landed her first significant role in “The Venice Project,” a drama starring her husband and Lauren Bacall. In the movie, she portrayed a character named Jenna. In 2003, Duffy appeared as herself in the German TV documentary “Dennis Hopper: Create (or Die).”