Everything You Should Know About Deborah-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman's Wife of 21 Years

by Cailyn Cox
Jan 2, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. ET

Hollywood marriages are notoriously short-lived. Whether they're 24-hour Vegas affairs, a trudge through a year before splitting up or even the unexpected breakup of our favorite power couples (RIP Brangelina), it seems that maintaining a loving relationship gets harder when you're under the spotlight. 

But not every marriage in Hollywood ends. Some have staying power. That's the case for Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness. The couple have been married for more than two decades, and they seem just as in love now as ever. "She's the greatest thing that ever happened to me and it just gets better and better," Jackman told Ellen DeGeneres in 2016. 

In case you're not as obsessed with this couple as we are, we've rounded up some things that are worth knowing about Deborra-Lee Furness. 

A version of this article was originally published in June 2016.

1 /11: She's an active go-getter

1/11 :She's an active go-getter

"It's almost annoying. She has two speeds: Stop and Go. She is always, 'Let's do this, let's do that.' And she is very funny, very quick," Jackman told Good Housekeeping.

2 /11: She's an actor

2/11 :She's an actor

Born in Sydney, Australia, Furness is an actress who graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

According to Famous Birthdays, she made her big-screen debut in the 1985 film Crossover Dreams, but she has also been in films like Jenny Kissed Me, Cool Change and The Humpty Dumpty Man.

3 /11: She's 13 years older

3/11 :She's 13 years older

Furness is 62 years old (born Dec. 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."

4 /11: Famous faces

4/11 :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 played a supporting role in the 2008 film Sleepwalking, which stars Charlize Theron and Nick Stahl.

5 /11: They met on 'Correlli'

5/11 :They met on 'Correlli'

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 Correlli.

6 /11: First kiss

6/11 :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.

7 /11: She's an ambassador

7/11 :She's an ambassador

Furness is also known 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.

8 /11: Rules make their marriage work

8/11 :Rules make 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.

9 /11: Adopted children

9/11 :Adopted children

Before she and Jackman went ahead with adoption, Furness struggled through IVF and suffered two miscarriages.

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

10 /11: 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.

11 /11: 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.