Tuesday, 25 October 2011

David Furnish (1962 – ) Canadian, Film director and partner to Elton John

b. October 25th, 1962

Canadian/British filmmaker, former advertising executive, and now a film director and producer most known for his documentary "Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras". He is the civil partner of British entertainer Elton John.

Born inOntario, Canada, Furnish Honours Business Administration undergraduate degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in 1985. He was recruited by the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, eventually transferred to the London, England, office and was appointed to their Board.

A mutual friend of Furnish and Elton John left a message for Furnish inviting him to a dinner party at John's house on October 30, 1993. Initially fearing that the dinner would be unpleasant, or that John would be boring, he instead found John to be interesting and engaging. Both were attracted to each other; John asked for his phone number and the two had a private dinner the following night. 

Furnish resigned from his position in 1994 after finding it increasingly difficult to balance the position's demands with the demands of his new life with John.

With a keen interest in film, Furnish enrolled in courses at the British Film Institute. He is currently co-chief of Rocket Pictures along with John.

Furnish is a contributing editor for Tatler magazine and also is a regular columnist for Interview and GQ. He currently serves on the board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, attending fundraisers and other events in support of that cause.

When Furnish and John entered into a civil partnership in Windsor, Berkshire  on the first day that civil partnerships could be performed in England, 21 December 2005, it was widely reported in the press as the first high-profile, society "gay wedding".  The couple's relationship has continued to make news with the birth of a son, Zachary (born on 25 December 2010 in California via a surrogate mother) which has made them the best known British gay fathers, as well as the most-recognizable gay couple.

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