Deborra-Lee Furness

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Deborra-Lee Furness
Deborra-lee Furness
Furness in 2018
Born (1955-11-30) 30 November 1955 (age 68)
Years active1975–present
Spouse
(m. 1996; sep. 2023)
Children2

Deborra-Lee Furness Jackman, AO (born 30 November 1955)[1][2] is an Australian actress and producer.

Early life

Furness was born in Annandale, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, and raised in Melbourne, Victoria.[3] At the age of 18, Furness attended secretarial school to learn shorthand and typing after her mother advised her to have a back-up career if her acting ambitions didn't eventuate to anything.[4] She then got a job as the assistant to John Sorell, the news director at Channel 9.[4] Despite describing herself as "such a bog secretary", Furness has said she thoroughly enjoyed the urgency, the fast action and the high energy of the newsroom.[4] After working in the newsroom for a year, Furness was asked to work on No Man's Land, the station's daytime current affairs program which was produced exclusively by women and hosted by Mickie de Stoop.[4] Furness started working on the show as a researcher before becoming an on-air reporter.[4] After her work at Channel 9, Furness then travelled through Europe for one year.[4]

She studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, where she graduated in either 1981[5] or 1982.[3] She performed on the stage in New York and played Kathleen,[6] the Australian wife of Cole Gioberti (Billy Moses) on the television series Falcon Crest before returning to Australia to continue her acting career.[3]

Career

Furness rose to fame in 1988 when she starred in the movie Shame, for which she won Best Actor awards from the Film Critics Circle of Australia and the Golden Space Needle Award from the Seattle International Film Festival. Other roles included an episode of Halifax f.p. and The Flying Doctors.[7] In 1993, Furness appeared as Chrissy in the television mini-series Stark starring Ben Elton and Jacqueline McKenzie.[8] In 1995 she featured in the film Angel Baby directed by Michael Rymer and starring Jacqueline McKenzie and John Lynch.[9] The film followed the story of two schizophrenic people who met during therapy and fell passionately in love.[9]

In 1995, she starred in the title role in the television series Correlli, where she met her future husband, Hugh Jackman. From 1995 to 1996, Furness starred in television series Fire alongside Andy Anderson and Wayne Pygram. Furness played the role of Dolores Kennedy.[10]

An adoptive mother of two, Furness is known for her work assisting orphans globally and streamlining international adoptions, especially in her native Australia where she is a patron, and one of the creators, of National Adoption Awareness Week.[7][11][12] She has addressed the National Press Club of Australia on the subject of adoption laws in Australia.[13][14] Furness is a patron of the Lighthouse Foundation for displaced children and International Adoption Families for Queensland.[15][16] She is also a World Vision ambassador and serves on the Advisory Committee for Film Aid International, working with refugees throughout the world.[17][18]

Personal life

Furness met actor Hugh Jackman on the set of Australian TV show Correlli in 1995.[19] Their wedding ceremony took place on 11 April 1996 at St. John's in Toorak, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne.[20] After going through two miscarriages,[19] she adopted two children with Jackman: a boy born in 2000[21] and a girl born in 2005.[22] A portrait of Furness and Jackman by Paul Newton was a finalist in the 2022 Archibald Prize.[23] In September 2023, the couple announced their separation.[24][25]

Honour

In 2014, Deborra-Lee Furness was named as the New South Wales Australian of the Year for her work in adoption campaigning.[26][27][28]

Filmography

Film

Film
Year Film Role Type
1985 Crossover Dreams Statue of Liberty Feature film
1985 Jenny Kissed Me Lea role: Carol Grey Feature film
1985 Cool Change Lee Feature film
1986 The Humpty Dumpty Man Carmel DeVries Feature film
1987 The Bit Part Acting Teacher Feature film
1988 Shame Asta Cadell Feature film
1988 Evil Angels Magazine Reporter Feature film
1988 Two Brothers Running Silver's Secretary Feature film
1988 Celia Miss Greenaway Feature film
1990 Blue Heat aka 'The Last of the Finest' Linda Daly Feature film, US
1991 Voyager aka 'Homo Faber' Ivy Feature film, Germany/France/Greece
1991 Waiting Diane Feature film
1992 Newsies Esther Jacobs Feature film, US
1995 Angel Baby Louise Goodman Feature film
1995 When Harry Coached Sally Sally Film short
1998 The Real Macaw Beth Girdis Feature film
2006 Jindabyne Jude Feature film
2008 Sleepwalking Danni Feature film, USA/Canada
2009 Beautiful Mrs. Thomson Feature film
2009 Blessed Tanya Feature film
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Barran (Voice) Animated Feature film - USA/Australia
2014 Dukale's Dream Herself Feature film documentary
2023 Force of Nature: The Dry 2 Jill Bailey Feature film

Television

Year Film Role Type
1975 The Box Recurring role: Office Girl TV series, 6 episodes
1975 Division 4 Junior 1 TV series, 1 episode: "The Human Factor"
1979 Prisoner Recurring role: Connie (uncredited) TV series, 3 episodes
1980 Cop Shop Guest role: Trisha Clarke TV series, 1 episode
1983 All the Rivers Run Recurring role TV miniseries, 1 episode
1983-1984 Kings Regular role: Frances Dalton TV series, 16 episodes
1984 Carson's Law Guest role TV series, 1 episode
1984 Special Squad Guest role: Liz Jenkins TV series, episode 6: "The Long Secret"
1985 Neighbours Recurring role: Linda Fielding TV series, 5 episodes
1985 The Flying Doctors Recurring role: Fran TV miniseries, 1 episode
1985 Glass Babies Recurring role: Joan Simpson TV miniseries, 2 episodes
1986 The Fast Lane Guest role: Stella TV series, 1 episode
1987 Falcon Crest Guest role: Kathleen Gioberti TV series US, 1 episode: "The New Faces"
1987 A Matter of Convenience Lead role: Valma TV film
1988 Sentiments Guest role: Valma TV series, FRANCE
1988 The Flying Doctors Guest role: Sapphire TV series, season 3, episode 2: "Sapphire"
1988 Act of Betrayal Support role: Kathy TV film
1988 Fields of Fire II Recurring role: Cloris TV miniseries, 1 episode
1993 Stark Recurring role: Chrissie TV miniseries, 3 episodes
1993 Singapore Sling Lead role: Annie TV film / TV pilot
1994 G.P. Guest role: Kate Morrison TV series, 1 episode: "All of Me"
1995 Halifax f.p. Brigit Grant TV series, episode: "The Feeding"
1995 Correlli Lead regular role: Louisa Correlli TV series, 10 episodes
1995 Populate or Perish Narrator TV film documentary
1995–1996 Fire Recurring role: Dolores Kennedy TV series, 17 episodes
1997 Roar Guest role: Agrona TV series US, 1 episode: "The Cage"
2000 SeaChange Guest role: Vicki Drury TV series, 1 episode: "Hungi Jury"
2007 Raising Children: A Guide to Parenting From Birth to Five Narrator Video documentary
2009 The Beautiful Vision Herself Video short documentary
2013 Phineas and Ferb Additional voices TV series, 1 episode: "Primal Perry"
2016 Hyde & Seek Lead role: Claudia Rossini TV miniseries, 4 episodes
2020 Misunderstandings of Miscarriage Herself Film video documentary

Television appearances

Year Film Role Type
1974 No Man's Land Herself - Reporter TV series
1989 The Media Show Guest TV series UK, 1 episode
1991; 1992 Tonight Live with Steve Vizard Guest TV series, 2 episodes
1992 The Morning Show Guest TV series, 1 episode
1992 In Sydney Today Guest TV series, 1 episode
1994 Level 23 Guest TV series, 1 episode
1994-2005 Good Morning Australia Guest TV series
1994 Sale of the Century Contestant TV series, 2 episodes "Cinema"
1994; 1995; 1998 Hey Hey It's Saturday Guest TV series, 3 episodes
1994; 1995 TVTV Herself TV series, 2 episodes
1995 Ernie and Denise Guest TV series, 1 episode
1995; 1997 Midday Guest (1997 episode with Hugh Jackman) TV series, 2 episodes
1995 The Australia Remembers Tribute Gala Herself TV special
1995 World Vision Appeal: Vision For a Better World Herself TV special
1996 Witness Herself TV series, 1 episode
1996 This Is Your Life Herself TV series, 1 episode
1997 Mouthing Off Guest TV series, 1 episode
1998 The Making of 'The Real Macaw' Herself TV special
1998 Saturday Night Fever Herself TV special, UK
1998 Carols in the Domain Herself TV special
1999 Fox Studios Australia: The Grand Opening Guest (with Hugh Jackman) TV special
2003 Australian Story Herself TV series, 1 episode
2003 Rove Live Guest TV series, 1 episode
2004 Enough Rope with Andrew Denton Guest TV series, 1 episode
2006 At the Movies Herself TV series, 1 episode
2006 Jindabyne: The Process Herself Video short documentary
2006; 2024 Sunrise Guest TV series, 2 episodes
2006; 2024 Today Guest (2024 episode with Eric Bana) TV series, 2 episodes
2006; 2008 Mornings with Kerri-Anne Guest TV series, 2 episodes
2007 Dancing with the Stars Herself TV series, 1 episode
2007 The 2007 Australian Film Institute Awards Presenter TV special
2007 The Directors' Series Herself TV series
2008 9am with David & Kim Guest TV series, 1 episode
2009 Australia Unites: The Victorian Bushfire Appeal Herself TV special
2009 20 to 1 Herself TV series, 2 episodes
2009; 2021; 2024 The Project Guest TV series, 3 episodes
2009 Artscape Herself - Interviewee TV series, 1 episode
2010 Seeds of Hope Herself TV short documentary
2010 This Is Your Life Herself TV series, 1 episode
2011; 2012 The Circle Guest TV series, 2 episodes
2011 Mornings Guest TV series, 1 episode
2011 Kimchi Chronicles Herself TV documentary series US, 3 episodes
2012 The 66th Annual Tony Awards Presenter TV special, US
2012 Can of Worms Herself TV series, 1 episode
2012 The Living Room Herself TV series, 1 episode
2012 60 Minutes Herself (segment "Hugh Jackman") TV series, 1 episode
2013 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Herself (at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party) TV series US, 1 episode
2013 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest TV series US, 1 episode
2013 The View Guest Co-hostess TV series US, 1 episode
2013 Oprah's Next Chapter Herself TV series US, 1 episode
2013; 2016; 2018; 2019 Global Citizen Festival Herself (2018 as host) TV special, US
2014 Family Confidential Herself TV series, 1 episode
2014; 2018 NBC Today Show Guest TV series US, 2 episodes
2014 The Talk Guest Co-hostess TV series US, 2 episodes
2015 CBS This Morning Herself – Co-Founder, Global Citizen TV series US, 1 episode
2017; 2021; 2022; 2023 Studio 10 Guest (2022 episode with Hugh Jackman) TV series, 4 episodes
2018 E Live from the Red Carpet Herself TV special, US
2018 Entertainment Tonight Canada Herself TV series CANADA, 1 episode
2018 Entertainment Tonight Herself TV series, 1 episode
2020 Anh's Brush with Fame Interviewee TV series, 1 episode
2021; 2024 The Project Guest TV series, 2 episodes
2022 This Is Your Life: Rebecca Gibney Herself (with Hugh Jackman) TV series, 1 episode
2024 Sunrise Guest (with Eric Bana) TV series, 1 episode
2024 News Breakfast Guest (with Jacqueline McKenzie) TV series, 1 episode
2024 Weekend Today Guest (with Eric Bana) TV series, 1 episode

Awards

References

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