Last month, Hugh Jackman told Extra that his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, had planned an extravagant gathering for his impending 50th birthday party—despite his own desire for something a bit more low key.
“If Deb had her way,” he said, “the entire city of New York would be coming to a party.” She had her way, it appears: “So the entire New York City is coming,” he continued, “and if you're watching this and you're not invited, I'm sorry, because everyone else is coming.”
Jackman celebrated a half-century on this doomed planet earlier this month, and the party guests, per Page Six, included such modern luminaries as Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, and Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. So, “everyone.”
Javanka might be an unexpected addition to such a crowd, but actually, the first daughter and her husband, who happens to be a senior adviser to her father, reality television host-turned-fearmonger Donald Trump, and the Wolverine star go way back. (“Some of the liberal Hollywood types were taken aback by the presence of the president’s daughter and son-in-law,” Page Six wrote. “But a source said, ‘There was no snubbing. Everyone was polite.’”)
Jackman and Trump have known each other since at least 2010, when they attended the baptism of Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng’s daughters Grace and Chloe in Jordan. (Even before that, they were mentioned in the same Gawker blog post… Coincidences.) It might seem like an unexpected celebrity match—the first daughter and the Aussie actor who performed on Broadway in support of Hillary Clinton in October 2016. But actually, their relationship is more like six degrees of Wendi Deng, really: Deng and Ivanka are close friends, and Hugh and Kidman are godparents to the Murdoch-Deng children. Here, we look back at the history of the friendship of Ivanka and Hugh and eternal hanger-on Jared.
March 2010: Hugh, godfather to the Deng-Murdoch brood, attends the baptism of Grace and Chloe in Jordan.
He and Ivanka subsequently accompanied Queen Rania on a tour of the country’s main tourist sites.
October 2010: Hugh Jackman, Deborra-Lee Furness, and Ivanka Trump appear on the red carpet together at the Elton John Foundation benefit, “An Enduring Vision.”
May 2011: In a profile with Harper’s Bazaar, longtime Ivanka friend Flo Furness describes Ivanka and Jared as “so ahead of their time.”
Because they dine with the Jackmans, as well as the decidedly more on-brand Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng.
2011: Hugh appears at the opening of Ivanka’s fine jewelry boutique in New York.
December 2011: Ivanka takes in Hugh’s Broadway residency, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway.
Just returning the favor for Hugh’s presence at her boutique opening, or something.
November 2014: Ivanka attends the opening of The River, in which Hugh took over the starring role from Dominic West when it transferred from London.
A theater connoisseur!
February 2015: Ivanka drinks coffee roasted by Hugh’s fair-trade brand, Laughing Man Coffee.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 15, 2015
Hugh tweeted a photo of their room service order, captioned: “My lovely friend @IvankaTrump enjoying a special wkend with Jared. Look what's on the menu! @livelaughingman!” His “lovely friend”!
October 2016: Hugh Jackman partakes in the Hillary Clinton Broadway benefit.
An engagement Ivanka did not attend.
June 2018: Ivanka is spotted in the doorway of Hugh’s Greenwich Village apartment.
Wendi Deng, now long since divorced from Murdoch, was also there, naturally.
October 2018: Birthday party.
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