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10 things to know about Hugh Jackman's wife, Deborra-Lee Furness

For Cailyn Cox, writing isn't just a hobby, it's her life. Passionate about Hollywood, she makes it her mission to find the most entertaining celebrity gossip for SheKnows readers. And when she's not enthralled in the celeb world, she's ...

#1/11:

Meet Hugh Jackman's wife

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#1/11:

Meet Hugh Jackman's wife

Deborra-Lee Furness has been married to Hugh Jackman for 20 years, but she's much more than just his wife.

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She's 13 years older

#3/11:

She's 13 years older

Furness is aged 60 (born December 8, 1955), making her 13 years older than Jackman, a topic which has been widely reported.

But in an interview with Katie Couric, Jackman revealed that he actually seems much older than his wife. He said, "Anyone that knows Deb, literally, I am the old fuddy duddy of the relationship."

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Famous faces

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Famous faces

Hugh Jackman is not the only one in the relationship to have acted opposite some big names in the industry.

Among her appearances, Furness has played a supporting role in the 2008 film Sleepwalking, which stars Charlize Theron and Nick Stahl.

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They met on 'Corelli'

#5/11:

They met on 'Corelli'

In fact, acting is how Furness and Hugh Jackman met in 1995, on the set of his first major acting gig, an Australian drama series called Corelli.

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First kiss

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First kiss

We've mentioned that the couple met on the set of Corelli (in which Furness played the title role), but what you probably didn't know is this is also when they shared their first kiss, Heavy reports.

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She's an ambassador

#7/11:

She's an ambassador

Furness is known not only as an actress and the wife of Hugh Jackman but also for her charity work. Most notably her work with orphans as a World Vision ambassador.

According to the Australian of the Year Awards, she has traveled through Asia and Africa in the hopes of raising awareness for the global orphan crisis.

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Rules makes their marriage work

#8/11:

Rules makes their marriage work

Jackman and Furness have a relationship that many could only dream about. After marrying on April 11, 1996, their relationship has gone from strength to strength, and Jackman is more than happy to gush about his wife during interviews.

But it's also her rules that have helped them maintain such a wonderful relationship. 

"Deb had a rule, never be apart for more than two weeks," he said during an interview with the Today Show.

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No biological children

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#9/11:

No biological children

The couple were unable to have children of their own, and Furness sadly struggled through IVF and suffered two miscarriages before she and Jackman decided to adopt.

According to Heavy, in 2000, they adopted their son, Oscar Maximillian Jackman, and in 2005, they adopted their daughter, Ava Eliot Jackman.

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Adoption is close to her heart

#10/11:

Adoption is close to her heart

In 2008, Furness established the National Adoption Awareness Week, a volunteer-led campaign.

She also launched the Adopt Change program in 2014, which strives to help overturn Australia's anti-adoption culture and lobbies for national adoption reform.

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One of the most loved Australians

#11/11:

One of the most loved Australians

Furness has been recognized for her work as a child advocate and as an adoption campaigner and was the National Finalist Australian of the Year 2015 — an award celebrating the achievements and contributions of Australians.

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