Hugh & Deborra-lee
After 22 years of marriage, Hugh Jackman still gets inspiration and courage from wife Deborra-lee Furness.
He’s one of Hollywood’s most sought-after stars, but Hugh Jackman, 50, credits his wife of 22 years, Deborra-Lee Furness, 62, for all his success. “You believed in me when I couldn’t,” a misty-eyed Hugh said as he accepted the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film on Nov. 19. “You’ve loved me with a passion and a depth that I didn’t even know existed. You have pushed and encouraged me when I was scared to venture out. You have loved me into loving and like everything I do in my life, I share this with you. I love you.” The couple, who met as actors on an Australian TV series in 1995, also have two children together.
“There was a chemistry,” Hugh says of meeting his wife-to-be in 1995. “I just knew 100 percent.”— Hugh