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Hugh Jackman shares: My father has Alzheimer's

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Hugh Jackman shares: My father has Alzheimer's

The Aussie actor is living every family's worst nightmare.

 

It should be the time of Hugh Jackman's life. Riding high on the success of his blockbuster musical film Les Miserables, the hugely popular Aussie actor is at the peak of his career - with buzz that he's about to win his first-ever Academy Award.

 

But behind the ever-present charming smile that fans across the globe have fallen in love with, 44-year-old Hugh's been grappling with a devastating family secret. His beloved dad Chris, who he describes as "my hero, my rock", is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease - an incurable, terminal form of Acquired Brain Injury (Dementia). In a revealing interview with theatre trade magazine Parade, Hugh reveals private details about the cruel disease that is tearing apart his family.

 

"My dad is fairly well into Alzheimer's now," Hugh explains. "His short-term memory is pretty much gone." But he is taking comfort in the fact that it's not all bad news. "He still recognises me and can talk about the past, and weirdly, he's as happy as I've ever known him, which is wonderful." Hugh reveals that throughout his Les Mis experience, in which Hugh plays the starring role of Jean Valjean, it's been Chris - who raised him as a single parent when Hugh's mother walked out on the family when Hugh was just eight - not that little gold Best Actor Oscar statuette, on his mind.

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The original article was produced by Woman's Day.

 

To view this article, visit the Woman's Day website on Ninemsn

http://womansday.ninemsn.com.au/celebrityheadlines/8592033/hugh-breaks-down-my-dad-has-alzheimers

 

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