Hugh Jackman reminded fans and peers of his recent skin cancer scare at his first red carpet appearance since revealing his health drama last month (21Nov13) by turning up to the David Lynch Foundation Presents: Change Begins Within Benefit Gala in New York City on Tuesday (03Dec13) with a bandage on his nose. The 45-year-old Les Miserables attended the event with the Band-Aid on full view.
He was accompanied by his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, who convinced him to get a blemish on his nose checked - and when he did he learned he had a basil cell carcinoma.
Posting a photo of his bandaged nose on Instagram.com last month (Nov13), Jackman wrote, "Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!"
And on Tuesday's red carpet, he added, "I’m feeling relieved, it’s good, cancers all out and I’m very very grateful to my beautiful wife who forced me to go and get a check-up... Typical man, I was like, 'Oh I’ll go next week'."
Hugh Jackman is urging fans to use sunscreen and seek regular skincare advice from professionals after discovering a cancerous growth on his nose. The Australian star posted a photo of his bandaged nose on Instagram.com on Thursday (21Nov13), revealing he recently had a skin cancer scare.
The Les Miserables star's wife Deborra-Lee Furness encouraged him to get the "mark" on his nose checked, and he was stunned to learn that she was right to be concerned.
Jackman writes, "Boy, was she right! I had basil cell carcinoma. Please don't be foolish like me. Get yourself checked. And USE sunscreen!!!"
Hugh Jackman's actress wife Deborra-Lee Furness is challenging politicians in her native Australia to relax adoption laws so more prospective parents can take in orphans. Furness, who has two adopted children with the Les Miserables star, claims Australia's adoption rules need some attention, and actually forced her and her husband to rethink their family plans.
The celebrity couple abandoned their plans to start a family Down Under and instead they moved to America and began the process there.
She is backing new legislation reform aimed at relaxing adoption laws in New South Wales, and she is encouraging the nation's leaders to consider backing the policy so more parents can find their "forever family".
She says, "I understand how the system is broken here. There are children who need families and we need a system that works. What I see is everyone's passing the buck. I don't see anyone championing this issue."
Furness, who is back home for the country's National Adoption Awareness Week, is hoping to meet with Attorney-General George Brandis to outline her thoughts about Australia's adoption process, and she hopes to take her concerns to the very top.
She adds, "If we get the new Prime Minister (Tony Abbott) on board with this, hopefully he can shake a stick and get everyone on board.
"We need a commitment to harmonise the adoption laws. There are families that want to parent these children (and) these children need parents.
"Can you imagine what it might be like if you didn't have your mum or dad... and you were just completely on your own and you were five years old?"
Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman dresses as a stockbroker to spice up his love life and impress his wife Deborra-Lee Furness. The Wolverine star dons a designer suit and discusses the stock market if he is looking for a night of love, as the actress once had hopes of marrying a city high-flier before the couple met.
He tells Britain's Cosmopolitan magazine, "When my wife met me, she said she was looking for a stockbroker... So if I want it to be a great night out, I'll wear a suit, especially Tom Ford, and I'll start talking about stocks and bonds. Then I know I'm going to get lucky... (Just kidding!)."
The pair met on the set of Australian TV show Correlli before tying the knot in 1996.
Actor Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness served as co-chairmen at the New Yorkers for Children autumn gala this week (beg16Sep13). The X-Men star and Furness were joined by Gayle King, Selita Ebanks and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday (17Sep13) for the event in aid of children in foster care, according to the New York Post's Page Six column.
Jackman says, "I love what New Yorkers for Children does. It's at a grass-roots level, it doesn't throw money here and there, it really looks after kids with what they need emotionally as well as financially."
Hugh Jackman refused to fully commit to a kissing scene with fellow Australian star Rebecca Gibney because he did not want to upset his wife. Gibney, who starred with the Wolverine actor in Aussie crime series Halifax FP in the 1990s, reveals the Hollywood hunk shunned the prospect of a full-blown kiss because he loves his wife Deborra-Lee Furness too much.
Gibney tells online blog Show and Tell, "I got to do one of Hugh Jackman's first kissing scenes... He wouldn't kiss me (with tongue) because he was so in love with Deb. He said to me, 'This is weird because of Deb'. I said, 'Just close your eyes and think of Deb'. So he did that which was fine because Deb is a friend of mine."
Hugh Jackman's actress wife Deborra-Lee Furness is calling for change in global adoption laws so more abandoned children can find loving parents and homes. Furness, who serves as executive director of the Worldwide Orphans Foundation in her native Australia, has penned an opinion piece for CNN.com, detailing her frustration at the "global orphan crisis".
She notes that there are an estimated 151 million kids in the world who have lost at least one parent, according to official figures from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and she can't understand why local authorities make it so difficult for adults to adopt.
Furness, who has two adopted kids with Jackman, admits she was first drawn to become the "voice" of the issue Down Under in 2007, after hearing the frustrations of fellow Aussies who had been waiting as long as 10 years to adopt.
In the article, she writes, "It's a no brainer for me: You have loving families wanting to care for these kids and kids that desperately need a loving home. We just have to work out a way to put these two together."
She goes on to warn adoption officials about the dangers posed to orphans if nothing is done to find them permanent homes: "In my mind one of the greatest crimes of humanity is to take away the innocence of a child, and this is in essence what we are doing if we do not step up and take a look at what is happening to abandoned children all over the world.
"These kids have literally no self-esteem, they are depressed and without hope and often in extreme danger of exploitation and abuse...
"Many are caught in the foster care system, whereby they are always vulnerable to being moved from family to family and never have a sense of belonging. The lack of permanency for these kids has a huge effect on their safety and security. Sadly, the trajectory for many kids who age out of the foster care system is homelessness, crime, drugs and incarceration, to name a few of the horrors. These kids are stuck, because governments cannot work out how to parent them."
Furness' article has won her praise from her actor husband - sharing a link to the piece with his Twitter.com followers, he writes, "So proud of my wife! Amazing OpEd piece by Deb".
Hugh Jackman knew his wife was a keeper after she turned down an invitation to party with Sir Mick Jagger to have dinner with the actor. The X-Men star asked his future wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, over to a group dinner at his home in 1996 while they were starring in Australian TV show Correlli together.
During the meal, the actress received a call from the Rolling Stones rocker urging her to leave.
Jackman explains, "I invited her and about 20 people over and during the dinner she had her cell phone on the table... and we're in Melbourne, my house, and we're all watching her have this conversation and she goes, 'Mick Jagger is outside your house, in a limo, with a friend of mine and he says, 'I want you to come out and party.''
"And I'm a huge Rolling Stones fan, so I'm like, 'Go, go, get out now', right? The idea that he would be outside my house... And she said, 'You can tell Mick Jagger, I'm having dinner with Hugh Jackman.' I knew she was a keeper right there."
The couple wed later that year, in April, 1996.
"I like him all ways: chubby, muscly, skinny. It's like I'm always having affairs. I like him best clean shaven." Hugh Jackman's wife Deborra-Lee Furness loves the actor's changing looks because his movie makeovers spice up the couple's love life.
"I decided, I won't ask her to marry me for six months. Then after four months I thought, 'That's the most ridiculous rule!'" Hugh Jackman fell hard for his now-wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness, after meeting her in 1995 on the set of their TV drama Correlli. They tied the knot a year later (96).