Hugh Jackman and Wife Deborra-Lee Furness Launch Charitable Foundation for the Arts
Tony Award winner and 'Les Mis' star Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness launched a charitable foundation for performing arts in their native Australia this week. Jackman turned to Twitter to share the charity's logo (at left) along with the caption: "Announcing the Jackman Furness Foundation! We hope it'll make dreams come true."
The Jackman Furness Foundation for Performing Arts will support art education groups in Australia, including the Western Australian Academy for Performing Arts, which provides training in theatre, music, and dance.
According to the West Australian, the Foundation, with Australian screen legend Jack Thompson as founding patron, has set a goal to raise at least $10 million over the next four years to support the academy and other WA performance entities.
Jackman, himself a 1994 WAAPA alum, is set to host a cabaret performance for invited guests at the academy on May 17th as the initial fundraiser to raise money for the charity. Said foundation trustee Geoff Michael, "Deborra-lee and Hugh are both passionate about supporting the performing arts, and excited to be launching their foundation in Perth where Hugh's career began."
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Best known to audiences worldwide for his portrayal of the Wolverine, Jackman most recently wrapped production on "X-Men: Days of Future Past," reprising his role as the conflicted Super Hero for the sixth time in that popular film franchise. In addition to an Oscar® nomination, he won a Golden Globe Award and earned a BAFTA Award nomination for his gripping performance as Jean Valjean in 2012's "LES MISERABLES."
This past fall, Jackman led an all-star cast in the acclaimed dramatic thriller "Prisoners." Also an accomplished stage actor, he received a 2004 Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway musical "The Boy From Oz."