Does Deborra-Lee Furness make Hugh Jackman great?

Australian actor Hugh Jackman has been named the sexiest man alive by People Magazine, but interestingly it’s Jackman’s wife Deborra-Lee Furness that has been getting a lot of the attention.

Australian actress Deborra-Lee Furness is either 48 or 53 depending on which version of her date of birth you read (and oddly the exact date is usually not mentioned), making her significantly older than Jackman. Her history doesn’t narrow down the date either: according to some reports, she graduated from Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne in 1973, so either she left school at a very young age, or she was born in 1955, meaning she would have been 18 when she graduated (which is the usual age for Year 12 in Australia). She trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts New York and graduated in 1981, although her first television appearance was in 1975, and she appeared on the Australian series Prisoner (Cell Block H in the UK) in 1979.

Deborra-Lee Furness met Jackman on the set of the Australian series Correlli in 1995, and the couple married in February 1996. But here’s what makes her special, at least according to my wife, who I’m going to paraphrase

“Deborra-Lee Furness makes Hugh Jackman great, because he picked her for love, not looks. It shows that he’s not just another Hollywood star obsessed with the superficial. It proves that ordinary people have a chance.”

Do you agree?