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Hugh Jackman shares tribute to wife Deborra-Lee as she's named an Officer of the Order of Australia


Hugh Jackman, 53, shares a sweet tribute to wife Deborra-Lee Furness, 66, as she’s named an Officer of the Order of Australia


Hugh Jackman’s wife Deborra-Lee Furness has received one of the highest honours on Australia Day. 

The 66-year-old this week was named an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia. 

And to mark the occasion, actor Hugh, 53, shared a sweet tribute to his wife to say how ‘proud’ he is of her. 

Sweet: On Tuesday, Hugh Jackman, 53, shared a sweet tribute to wife Deborra-Lee Furness, 66, after she was named an Officer of the Order of Australia

Sweet: On Tuesday, Hugh Jackman, 53, shared a sweet tribute to wife Deborra-Lee Furness, 66, after she was named an Officer of the Order of Australia

‘So proud of Deb! Today she was named an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia,’ Hugh wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. 

‘For almost 30 years, I’ve witnessed first hand her endless generosity and commitment to service. Her intolerance for injustice and her heart which is as large as our great country.’

‘Today, everyone else gets to understand and appreciate her incredible work.’ 

'For almost 30 years, I've witnessed first hand her endless generosity and commitment to service. Her intolerance for injustice and her heart which is as large as our great country,' he said

‘For almost 30 years, I’ve witnessed first hand her endless generosity and commitment to service. Her intolerance for injustice and her heart which is as large as our great country,’ he said

He went on to call her the ‘greatest actress he’s ever worked with’ after they met on the set of the Aussie TV show Correlli back in 1995.

As well as her own successful acting career in her own right, Deborra-Lee has long been a passionate advocate for adoption. 

In 2020, she told the Future Women’s Drive podcast that she has been ‘pummelled’ by people who for some reason oppose adoption.

Despite the criticism, the Correlli star said she wasn’t discouraged.

He's smitten! He went on to call her the 'greatest actress he's ever worked with' after they met on the set of the Aussie TV show Correlli back in 1995

He’s smitten! He went on to call her the ‘greatest actress he’s ever worked with’ after they met on the set of the Aussie TV show Correlli back in 1995

‘I got pummelled,’ Deborra-Lee said. ‘I had a lot of the anti-adoption people really come at me.’ 

She added that she was determined to help children find safe homes, despite the backlash from some quarters.

‘I had to really sit and think about, like, “Am I doing the right thing?”‘ she said. ‘And I did all my work and I looked at it and thought, “No, these children need a home.” I just kept going.’ 

Deborra-Lee explained that she never intended to be an advocate for adoption.

‘I didn’t step out to do this… I never set out to be an advocate, that’s not really who I am,’ the film director said.

‘I reached out and tried to just add my two bob’s worth and just by talking about it, I thought it’ll get attention. I thought the people in the community would take over.’

Deborra-Lee and Hugh share two adopted children, son Oscar, 21, and daughter Ava, 16.

A good cause: As well as her own successful acting career in her own right, Deborra-Lee has long been a passionate advocate for adoption

A good cause: As well as her own successful acting career in her own right, Deborra-Lee has long been a passionate advocate for adoption

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