Claim: At age 37 Jack Nicholson discovered that the woman he'd always thought his sister was actually his mother.
Origins: He was a superstar of the screen and a bad boy extraordinaire, so it's hard to imagine the details of Jack Nicholson's life could be any more complicated than his celebrity and style of living made them. Yet
In June 1974 the mystery of Jack's birth came to light, just as his movie Chinatown was scheduled to open in theaters. In preparation for a cover story on Nicholson, a Time magazine reporter phoned Nicholson to check on the extraordinary information that had been unearthed: Jack's "sister" June was in fact Jack's mother, and a man claiming to be his father was alive and well in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. The news about Nicholson's parentage turned out to be true: Jack, born on
His reaction to the news? The Glasgow Herald reported:
Oddly enough, Nicholson's experience mirrored that of another Hollywood figure, singer Bobby Darin. In 1968 the then-32-year-old Darin discovered the woman he'd been calling sis all those years was actually his mother (and the woman he thought was his deceased mother was in fact his grandmother). Darin had been contemplating a career in politics, which prompted his "sister" to come clean about the circumstances of his birth.
Barbara "darin to be different" Mikkelson
Last updated: 18 May 2014
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