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Hugh Jackman joined his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, and mother-in-law for the 2013 Angel Ball on October 29th, which was held at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. The ball is an annual event for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, which celebrates humanitarian and philanthropic contributions for cancer research. Deb’s mother, Fay Duncan, was being honored for her work as chairman of Australia’s Fight Cancer Foundation. This year’s event – which had performances by Usher and Pharell – raised three million dollars. Check out what Hugh told Entertainment Tonight about the Ball and his mother-in-law:
“It means everything to me. It’s a fantastic ball. What [Denise Rich, the Grammy-nominated songwriter and philanthropist who started Gabrielle's Angel Foundation] has created is amazing, and her foresight to honor this incredible woman – my mother-in-law – and I’m not just saying that to get brownie points, she really is incredible. She started the Fight Cancer Foundation in Australia with her colleagues… It’s amazing what they’ve done.”
Hugh Jackman’s 45th birthday was a big one as he celebrated it onstage at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theater. For three hours, he performed for a star-studded crowd; attendees included Tom Cruise, Kristin Davis, Olivia Munn, Cybill ShepherdDarren Criss, X-Men director Richard Marx, good friend Richard Marx (who also joined Hugh on stage), and two Prisoners co-stars: Maria Bello and Terrence Howard. The evening was part of The Motion Picture & Television Fund’s annual charity event; this year, they raised $1.85 million from a live auction held after the program. You can read a detailed account (and rave review) from the evening on Deadline.
Yesterday evening (October 4th), Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness attended the 2013 Friends of the Hudson River Park Gala. The event – held at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57 in New York – was to honor the park and preview the upcoming community, retail, and cultural hub being built at the pier. Mayor Bloomberg, Brooke Shields, Martha Stewart, Joel Grey, and many others were also in attendance. Speaking of the park, here is what both Hugh and Deb had to say (quotes provided by WWD):
• Deb: “This is so important to us because this is where we live. This is our city, and I think we live in the greatest city on earth and we all need to contribute to keep it beautiful.”
• Hugh: “There’s not government funding at all. No public money is ever spent on the park, even though the public enjoys it. This is why New York is so great. New Yorkers always want our city to get better and better.”
Last night (September 17th), Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness attended the New Yorkers For Children’s 14th Annual Fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. The Jackmans are co-chairs to the organization, which helps to raise awareness and funds for New York City-based youth in foster care. Please visit NYFC’s official site for more information, including how you can help their cause. I’ve added several images of Hugh and Deb from the event to the gallery, with more to come.
Ever the philanthropist, Hugh Jackman – and wife, Deborra-Lee Furness – recently donated an amazing $10,000 to the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Remember: Hugh has spent much of the last few months in Montreal, filming for X-Men: Days Of Future Past. It’s wonderful seeing him give back to the community. Read more information on the generous donation below:
On Tuesday afternoon, his wife Deborra-Lee Furness called up the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation after she tried to donate to the hospital online and things went amok.
“She had tried to make the donation via her computer but the confirmation she got said that she had given $10 so she called us up,” said Kim Fraser who works for the Foundation. “She wanted to make the donation on behalf of her, her husband, and the cast and crew of X-Men.”
Sadly, the handsome Jackman did not visit the offices of the kids hospital foundation personally but his credit card payment was approved.
Apologies for the delays in updates. Between my birthday and a trip to New York, things have been a little hectic. But without further ado: on May 9th, Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness attended the 2013 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala. The event was to raise awareness for sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. The Joyful Heart Foundation was founded by Hugh and Deb’s friend, Mariska Hargitay (of “Law & Order: SVU”), after she received numerous letters from fans talking about issues her show tackled. A few photos from the evening have been added to the gallery.
In a recently released video, Hugh Jackman encourages fans to stop by their local comic book shops on May 4th. The reason? It’s the Free Comic Book Day, held annually on the first Saturday of May. Participating comic stores will offer free goodies from publishing groups such as Marvel and DC. For more information on the event, check out their website. May the Fourth be with you!
Hugh Jackman will once again team up with MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund) later this year. As part of a charity auction to raise money for FIAT’s “Into the Green” Program, he’ll lead an event entitled Hugh Jackman & Friends, where he’ll presumably sing and dance. According to a press release, the concert/auction will happen on Hugh’s birthday, October 12th. There are some details below, undoubtedly with more to come as October approaches:
MPTF is proud to announce the continuation of its partnership with the FIAT brand following the success of this year’s “Night Before” event by inviting celebrities to drive and experience the all-new, all-electric 2013 Fiat 500e as part of the new FIAT “Into the Green” Program, culminating at an auction of the celebrity-driven Fiat 500e vehicles on October 12th at the Hugh Jackman & Friends Live event to benefit MPTF, with a goal of raising $500,000 for the organization.
Deborra-Lee Furness is more than the actress wife of Hugh Jackman — she’s a philanthropic woman deeply invested in adoption rights and children’s well-being. Recently, she’s been promoting National Adoption Awareness Week to get the word out on such a disenfranchised act in Australia: adoption. You can check out a few interviews with her at Herald Sun, The Age, and Hope 103.2 (audio).
On November 12th, she and husband Hugh Jackman attended a special screening for The Life of Timothy Green to help kick off Adoption Awareness Week. She talks a little about this particular film of wanting a child in the above audio interview, for those interested. Pictures from the night have been added to the gallery.
Having once attended the Actors Centre Australia (ACA) – which he graduated from in 1993 – Hugh Jackman was back at the school on November 4th to help launch The Acting Edge, a new online component. The program’s creator, Dean Carey, also recently released an acting book, and the ACA also now offers apps helpful for those seeking acting advice. You can watch a brief interview with Hugh on the red carpet right here, in which he talks about The Acting Edge and how ACA changed his life. There’s also a Mornings interview, where he discusses acting, his kids, and… his flaws.
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On a semi-related topic, Hugh and wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, attended the Melbourne World Vision Event on November 3rd. There doesn’t seem to be any official images or video footage from the night (nor press on it, for that matter), so consider this a brief update on their whereabouts and philanthropic adventures. You can also check out a dual interview with both of them below, in which they talk about humanitarian work, passing on their knowledge to their children, and even how their New York apartment fared in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.