Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/5/2013 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (

Crediting moral character of mother, grandmother, Nicholson says he would never 'have gotten to live'

Movie actor par excellence Jack Nicholson has always maintained a rebel image, and outsider unafraid to speak his mind. He certainly goes against the grain of leftist-leaning Hollywood when it comes to the matter of abortion. Staunchly pro-life, he said in a 1984 interview, "I'm positively against it. I don't have the right to any other view."

Actor Jack Nicholson was raised Catholic, the religion of his mother, and grew up in Neptune City, New Jersey.

Actor Jack Nicholson was raised Catholic, the religion of his mother, and grew up in Neptune City, New Jersey.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

9/5/2013 (3 years ago)

Published in Celebrity

Keywords: Jack Nicholson, actor, abortion, films

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Nicholson credited the moral character of his mother and grandmother that he himself escaped being aborted.

Born on April 22, 1937, his mother was all of 17 years old. Named June Frances Nicholson, she was a showgirl dancer. Nicholson in turn was raised by his maternal grandparents, John Nicholson and Ethel May. He only learned in 1974 after his birth mother was dying of cancer that he found out who she was, raised to believe that she was in fact his sister.

Nicholson described his mother and the life she had lived and also talked about abortion, saying, "I'm very contra my constituency in terms of abortion because I'm positively against it. I don't have the right to any other view.

"My only emotion is gratitude, literally, for my life," said Nicholson. "[If June and Ethel had been] of less character, I never would have gotten to live. These women gave me the gift of life.

"It's a feminist narrative in the very pure form," Nicholson said. "They trained me great, those ladies. I still, to this day, have never borrowed a nickel from anybody and never felt like I couldn't take care of myself. They made the imperative of my self-sufficiency obvious."

Nicholson never learned who his father was because the only people who really knew were his mother and his grandmother. "[T]hey never told anybody," said Nicholson.

Describing his mother in the interview, Nicholson said, "June and I had so much in common. We both fight hard. It didn't do her any good not to tell me, but she didn't because you never know how I would've reacted when I was younger. I got a job in Mexico when June was dying. First time with a studio, a lot of weeks. Sandra [Jack's wife 1962-68] was pregnant with Jennifer [Jack's daughter], and June was in a terminal state. She looked me right in the eye and said, 'Shall I wait?' In other words, 'Shall I try and fight this through?' And I said no."

Nicholson was raised Catholic, the religion of his mother, and grew up in Neptune City, New Jersey. He has won three Academy Awards, including best actor for his role in the 1975 film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," and the 1997 film "As Good as It Gets."

Now 76 years old, Nicholson has retired from acting due to "memory issues."

Watch Catholic Online's most viral videos here!


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for SEPTEMBER 2016
Centrality of the Human Person: That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization: Mission to Evangelize: That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.


More Celebrity

Michael Savage is censored during LIVE show after questioning Hillary's health. Censorship is alive and well in America Watch

Image of Michael Savage was censored while broadcasting live and asking about Clinton's health.


Censorship is alive and well in America. Yesterday, Dr. Michael Savage's show "Savage Nation" was pulled off the air when he questioned Hillary Clinton's health. Censorship in America comes in two forms, hard and soft. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Dr. Michael ... continue reading

5 popular celebrities who aren't afraid of showing their faith Watch

Image of


Practicing your faith and being in the limelight is not always an easy task, especially in a world where Christians and believers are persecuted for their faithful love of God. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Despite facing paparazzi and crazed fans, there are ... continue reading

'I'm more of a spiritual person': Pop Star, Rita Ora set to sing for Pope Francis during Mother Teresa's canonization celebration Watch

Image of Rita Ora to sing for Pope Francis.


Pop singer Rita Ora, known for songs such as "I Will Never Let You down" and "Shine Ya Light" will be performing a song at St. Peter's Basilica for Pope Francis. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - NME reported Ora was asked to perform at a ceremony in Italy this ... continue reading

Clinton Crime Family - Alex Jones asks Hillary Clinton to spare his life Watch

Image of Alex Jones asked Clinton to repent and change her ways.


Infowars host, Alex Jones has asked Hillary Clinton not to kill him as he speaks out against her campaign of terror. According to sources, Clinton is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people who have challenged her rise to power. LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading

Catholicism in Hollywood: Not as rare as you might think Watch

Image of Hollywood boasts more Catholics than one might think.


Drugs, sex and scandals surround many Hollywood stars, but many famous actors and actresses rise above it or work through it with help from their Catholic faith. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The media loves to show unflattering images of famous stars at their ... continue reading

'They cried out to the Lord in their distress': Actor Chris Pratt tweets prayer request Watch

Image of Actor Chris Pratt called for prayers for a child with brain cancer.


Actor Christ Pratt, known for his roles in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Jurassic World," took to Twitter to respond to a fan's prayer request. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Tweet read: "@prattprattpratt would love a RT asking followers to say a prayer for a ... continue reading

'She basically played herself': Iconic Lois Lane actress dies at 95 Watch

Image of The world has lost another beautiful icon: Noel Neill (Pinterest).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Noel Darleen Neill, best known for her portrayal of Lois Lane in the original Superman television show, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, July 3, at 95-years-old. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to CNN, Neill's friend, manager and biographer, Larry ... continue reading

Lady Gaga fights Catholic Church Watch

Image of Lady Gaga upset about Catholic Church comments on her lifestyle.


Lady Gaga, known for her meat dress and outlandish outfits, has spoken out against Catholic blogger Becky Roach, who wrote an article criticizing celebrities who hypocritically claim they are faithful to God but continue to live stereotypical Hollywood lifestyles. LOS ... continue reading

Pope Francis hit with sexually-explicit abuse on Twitter after posting about Jesus Watch

Image of


Pope Francis became the victim of social media bullying after posting an inspirational tweet about Jesus. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God's mercy, out of love for us, died on the cross, and out of love he rose again from the ... continue reading

'All good things they say, never last:' Vatican remembers Prince Watch

Image of Vatican remembers Prince (individualism).


News of Prince's death swept the world in a firestorm, resulting in a sea of mourners and kind words from everyone - including the Vatican. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Catholic News Agency, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, ... continue reading

All Celebrity News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 6:10-20
10 Finally, grow strong in the Lord, with the strength of his ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 144:1, 2, 9-10
1 [Of David] Blessed be Yahweh, my rock, who trains my hands for war and ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 13:31-35
31 Just at this time some Pharisees came up. 'Go away,' they said. 'Leave ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 27th, 2016 Image

St. Frumentius
October 27: Called "Abuna" or "the fa¬≠ther' of Ethiopia, ... Read More