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Jack Nicholson on Abortion: Im Positively Against It -- 'I Never Would Have Gotten to Live'
CNSNews ^ | September 4, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman

Posted on 09/04/2013 3:33:22 PM PDT by jazusamo

(CNSNews.com) -- Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson, 76, who is retiring from movies it was reported today, is, unlike many liberals in Tinseltown, a staunch pro-lifer who said in a 1984 interview about abortion, “I’m positively against it. I don’t have the right to any other view."

He added that it was the moral character of his mother and grandmother that ensured he himself had not been aborted.

The Academy Award-winning Nicholson was born on Apr. 22, 1937 to a woman named June Frances Nicholson, who was 17 years old at the time and a showgirl dancer. Jack was raised by his maternal grandparents, John Nicholson and Ethel May, believing they were his real parents and that June Frances was his sister. Jack Nicholson did not find out until 1974, after his mother had died of cancer, that June Frances was his real mother.

In the 1984 Rolling Stone interview, Jack Nicholson described his mother and the life she had lived and also talked about abortion. He said, “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.”

june nicholson
June Frances Nicholson, mother of actor Jack Nicholson.

“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,” said Nicholson. “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 disclosed that he never learned who his father was because the only people who really knew were his mother, June Frances, and his grandmother, Ethel May, and they had died before he even learned, in 1974, the true identity of his mother. “[T]hey never told anybody,” said Nicholson.

June Frances had married showman Donald Furcillo (in October 1936) six months prior to the birth of her son, John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson. But Furcillo was already married and, also partly because of Furcillo’s reported drinking, the marriage to June Frances did not work out.

In further 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 a Roman 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.”

RadarOnline.com reported on Sept. 4 that Jack Nicholson was retiring from the movie business apparently, at age 76, because of memory loss problems. Nicholson has starred in at least 65 films since 1958.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; jacknicholson; moralabsolutes; prolife

1 posted on 09/04/2013 3:33:22 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo
I've heard the story about Nicholson being raised by his grandparents and thinking his mother was his sister. Had not heard about his pro-life views.

Excellent.

2 posted on 09/04/2013 3:37:52 PM PDT by twister881
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To: jazusamo
NEWS/ Jack Nicholson Not Retiring From Acting, Rumors Are Just Plain Cuckoo
As per (gasp) Maria Shriver!
3 posted on 09/04/2013 3:41:02 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: twister881

Same here, the wife said she’d heard he was raised by grandparents didn’t know the rest.


4 posted on 09/04/2013 3:43:49 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

That’s a hell of a story. I like his straight talk. “I’m positively against it. I don’t have the right to any other view.”


5 posted on 09/04/2013 3:45:04 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: jazusamo

I’m positively against it. I don’t have the right to any other view.”

...well said!


6 posted on 09/04/2013 3:45:11 PM PDT by albie (re)
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To: jazusamo
I don’t have the right to any other view."

Pretty good sentiment.

7 posted on 09/04/2013 3:45:57 PM PDT by Slyfox (Without the Right to Life, all other rights are meaningless.)
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To: jazusamo

Cool story.


8 posted on 09/04/2013 3:46:16 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: onyx

Ha! I don’t know what to believe on him retiring now. :-)


9 posted on 09/04/2013 3:46:51 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

He’s anti-abortion and that’s ALL I care about!


10 posted on 09/04/2013 3:48:53 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: onyx

Ament to that!


11 posted on 09/04/2013 3:49:15 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Pray for his soul.


12 posted on 09/04/2013 3:50:43 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: All
Hard to believe he made it in uber-liberal Hollywood as a pro-lifer.

Cute little guy.


13 posted on 09/04/2013 3:51:02 PM PDT by Liz
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To: jazusamo

Mom/Sis was a real looker.


14 posted on 09/04/2013 3:51:23 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: jazusamo

Ditto!

Thank you so much for the post.

Abortion loving Maria must have read it.


15 posted on 09/04/2013 3:53:13 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Liz

Proves one very important point.

Keeping one’s mouth SHUT gets one a long way.


16 posted on 09/04/2013 4:14:03 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: CodeToad
I like his straight talk. “I’m positively against it. I don’t have the right to any other view.”

Presidential Debate in Baltimore (Reagan-Anderson)
September 21, 1980

REAGAN: ... With regard to the freedom of the individual for choice with regard to abortion, there's one individual who's not being considered at all. That's the one who is being aborted. And I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.

17 posted on 09/04/2013 4:33:36 PM PDT by Lonely Bull
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To: ConradofMontferrat
Mmmmmmmm.....but he was a superstar---in those cricles you can say anything you want.

His name on a marquee meant big bucks.

I recall reading that one of his frequent house guests was a Catholic priest---and that Nicholson himself praised the Catholic faith as an "intellectual faith."

Must be a latent religious belief in him somewhere.

18 posted on 09/04/2013 4:37:56 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

Hey Liz, liked your post. And I agree with you, there is probably some religiosity in him somewhere.

But Liz, I have a really deep need to understand something: What is a “cricles”?

I am deeply confused. I’m old, and you shouldn’t spring new vocabulary on an old guy.

It befuddles us and then we run and hide.

/s>

(having a little fun at your expense! LOL)


19 posted on 09/04/2013 4:45:06 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: jazusamo
June Frances had married showman Donald Furcillo (in October 1936) six months prior to the birth of her son, John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson.

Heeeeere's Johnny!

20 posted on 09/04/2013 4:52:30 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: twister881
I've heard the story about Nicholson being raised by his grandparents and thinking his mother was his sister. Had not heard about his pro-life views.

I thought I'd read here on FR years ago that he'd survived a botched abortion.

21 posted on 09/04/2013 4:53:53 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: jazusamo
Love Nicholson as an actor, his stock has always been high with me, it just rose to a completely new level.

Hollywood Can't Handle The Truth!

22 posted on 09/04/2013 5:03:42 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: ConradofMontferrat

Oops....just one of tohse typos.


23 posted on 09/04/2013 5:09:46 PM PDT by Liz
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To: usconservative

Couldn’t agree more...He’s a great actor and played in some great movies, like you I’ve new respect for him.


24 posted on 09/04/2013 5:10:43 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: Lonely Bull

God Bless the people that go against what their peers are for.


25 posted on 09/04/2013 5:21:44 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: stanley windrush

ping


26 posted on 09/04/2013 5:47:53 PM PDT by IncPen (When you start talking about what we 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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To: onyx

Martin Sheen is another pro life lib. A while back his name was mistakenly added to some pro abort fund raising effort I think and he told them to remove it. The pro aborts just assumed he was one of them.


27 posted on 09/04/2013 6:09:46 PM PDT by xp38
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