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How Did Hugh Jackman Celebrate His 45th Birthday?

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Leave it to Hugh Jackman to turn a birthday bash into a singing and dancing extravaganza – all for a cause.

The actor celebrated his 45th Saturday night with a “One Night Only” performance at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, which drew a crowd of admiring fans, plus big names like Tom Cruise, Octavia Spencer, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Olivia Munn and more.

Jackman took the stage with a host of glitter-clad backup dancers, and even carved time out of his performance to serenade wife Deborra-Lee Furness. He also paused for a fun photo op with the crowd, complete with Wolverine claws (of course!).

Hugh Jackman with wife Deborra-Lee Furness
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The entire night raised funds for the Motion Picture & Television Fund through The star’s birthday wish was for fans to donate $4500 to the organization, which provides affordable health care, financial services and retirement aid to those working in the film and television industries. (Want to help? You can donate here.) The evening itself garnered $1.85 million for the cause.

However, our favorite part of the night came in the form of Jackman’s special message for readers, tied to our recent YourTurn challenge where we asked you to submit fun photos of yourselves wishing the actor a Happy Birthday. Click below to hear what he had to say!