Deborra-Lee Furness

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Deborra-Lee Furness
Deborra-Lee Furness
Furness in 2009
Born Deborra-Lee Furness
(1955-12-08) 8 December 1955 (age 58)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actress, director, producer
Years active 1975–present
Spouse(s) Hugh Jackman (m. 1996)
Children 2 (adopted)

Deborra-Lee Furness (born 8 December 1955)[1][2] is an Australian actress, director and producer.

Early life[edit]

Furness was born in Sydney, Australia, and raised in Melbourne.[3] She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where she graduated in either 1981[4] or 1982.[3] She performed in the United States on the stage in New York and as Kathleen,[5] the Australian wife of Cole Gioberti (Billy Moses) on the television series Falcon Crest before returning to Australia to continue her acting career.[3]

Furness rose to fame in 1988, when she starred in the movie Shame, for which she won Best Actor awards from the Film Critics Circle of Australia and Golden Space Needle. Other roles included an episode of Halifax f.p. and The Flying Doctors.[6] In 1995, she starred in the title role in the television series Correlli, where she met her future husband, Hugh Jackman.

An adoptive mother of two, Furness is known for her work assisting orphans globally and streamlining international adoptions, especially in her native Australia where she is a patron, and one of the creators, of National Adoption Awareness Week.[6][7][8] She has addressed the National Press Club of Australia on the subject of adoption laws in Australia.[9][10] Furness is a patron of the Lighthouse Foundation for displaced children and International Adoption Families for Queensland.[11][12] She is also a World Vision ambassador and serves on the Advisory Committee for Film Aid International, working with refugees throughout the world.[13][14]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to fellow actor Hugh Jackman, whom she met on the set of Correlli in 1995; the ceremony took place on 11 April 1996 at St. John's in Toorak, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne.[15] They met on the set of Australian TV show Correlli.[16] After suffering two miscarriages,[16] she adopted two children with Jackman; son Oscar Maximillian (born 15 May 2000)[17] and daughter Ava Eliot (born 10 July 2005).[18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1985 Crossover Dreams Unknown role
1986 Jenny Kissed Me Carol Grey
1986 Cool Change Lee
1986 The Humpty Dumpty Man Carmel DeVries
1987 The Bit Part Acting Teacher
1988 Shame Asta Cadell
1988 Evil Angels Magazine Reporter
1988 Two Brothers Running Silver's Secretary
1988 Celia Miss Greenaway
1990 The Last of the Finest Linda Daly
1991 Voyager Ivy Also known as Homo Faber
1991 Waiting Diane
1992 Newsies Esther Jacobs
1995 Angel Baby Louise Goodman
1998 The Real Macaw Beth Girdis
2006 Jindabyne Jude
2008 Sleepwalking Danni
2009 Beautiful Mrs. Thomson
2009 Blessed Tanya
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Barran Voice role

Television[edit]

Television
Year Film Role Notes
1975 Division 4 Junior 1 Episode: "The Human Factor"
1979 Prisoner Connie 3 episodes; one uncredited role
1983 Kings Unknown role
1985 Neighbours Linda Fielding 5 episodes
1985 The Flying Doctors Fran TV miniseries
1985 Glass Babies Joan Simpson Television film
1987 Falcon Crest Unknown role Episode: "The New Faces"
1987 The Flying Doctors Sapphire Episode: "Sapphire"
1987 A Matter of Convenience Valma Television film
1988 Act of Betrayal Kathy Television film
1993 Stark Chrissie 3 episodes
1993 Singapore Sling Annie Television film
1994 G.P. Kate Morrison Episode: "All of Me"
1995 Halifax f.p. Brigit Grant Episode: "The Feeding"
1995 Correlli Louisa Correlli 5 episodes
1995–1996 Fire Dolores Kennedy 17 episodes
1997 Roar Agrona Episode: "The Cage"
2000 SeaChange Vicki Drury Episode: "Hungi Jury"
2010 This Is Your Life Herself
2013 Phineas and Ferb Additional Voices Episode: "Primal Perry"

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Emery, Debbie (11 June 2011). "Daddy's girl! Hugh Jackman sweeps up daughter Ava in his arms for a cuddle". Daily Mail (UK). "Jackman was in the Big Apple celebrating his wife Deborra-Lee Furness' 56th birthday..." 
  2. ^ "Deborra-Lee Furness profile". OVGuide. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Dunning, Jennifer (29 July 1988). "New Face: Deborra-Lee Furness; Bringing 'Shame' to the City". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Alumni Spotlight - 1980s". The Journal of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Fall–Winter 2008. p. 15 (unnumbered). Retrieved 11 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Falcon Crest
  6. ^ a b Lee, Sandra (10 November 2012). "Deborra-Lee Furness spills on life with Hugh Jackman". ews.com.au (NewsLifeMedia, News Corporation). Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  7. ^ National Adoption Awareness Week: Key People. Accessed 2 January 2013
  8. ^ Silverman, Stephen (5 September 2013). "Hugh Jackman's Wife Reveals Just How She Likes Him". People Magazine. Retrieved 13 September 2013. "Furness serves as a board member of the Worldwide Orphan Foundation to help create a National Adoption Awareness Week, "to shine a light on the fact that there are 153 million orphans in the world," she says: "If that were a country, it would be the ninth-largest in the world, just ahead of Russia."" 
  9. ^ Vasek, Lanai (9 November 2011). "Deborra-Lee Furness calls for uniform laws, stronger voice on adoption". The Australian. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Deborra-Lee Furness". National Press Club. 9 November 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2013. "Deborra-Lee Furness is an internationally acclaimed actress as well as a passionate supporter of children and defender of their human rights across the globe." 
  11. ^ "Lighthouse Patrons". Lighthouse Foundation. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Bone Marrow Donor Institute". Bmdi.org.au. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Advisory Board". Film Aid International. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Deborra-Lee Furness spills on life with Hugh Jackman". News.com.au (NewsLifeMedia, News Corporation). 10 November 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "The Wedding of the Year 1996". Trumpet Events. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Deborra-Lee Furness". Enough Rope with Andrew Denton / Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 29 March 2004. Retrieved 6 September 2010. 
  17. ^ Schafer, Jenny (16 May 2010). "Hugh Jackman & His Birthday Boy". CelebrityBabyScoop.com. Retrieved 6 March 2011. "...Oscar’s 10th birthday, which was yesterday." 
  18. ^ "Hugh Jackman & His Wife Adopt a Daughter". People. 27 July 2005. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  19. ^ El Mundo

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