Born 22 April 1937, Neptune, New Jersey Nicholson was born at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey to a showgirl, June Frances Nicholson (stage name June Nilson). June had married showman Donald Furcillo (stage name Donald Rose) 6 months earlier in Elkton, Maryland, on October 16, 1936. Elkton was a town known for its "quickie" marriages. Furcillo however, was already married, and, although he offered to take care of the child, June's mother Ethel insisted that she bring up the baby, partly so that June could pursue her dancing career. Furcillo's parents were Italian Americans, while June Nicholson was of Irish/American descent on her father's side. His surname comes from his English descent on his mother's side . Nick, as he was known to his high school friends, attended high school at nearby Manasquan High School where he was voted "class clown" by the Class of 1954. A theatre and a drama award at the school are named in his honor. In 2004, Nicholson attended his 50 year high school reunion, much to the surprise and delight of his fellow classmates. Nicholson was brought up believing his grandparents John J. Nicholson (a department store window dresser in Asbury Park, New Jersey) and Ethel May Rhoads (a hairdresser and beautician and amateur artist in Neptune, New Jersey) were his parents. Nicholson only discovered that his parents were actually his grandparents and his sister was in fact his mother in 1974 after being informed by a Time Magazine journalist who was doing a feature on him. By this time both his mother and grandmother had died (in 1963 and 1970, respectively). Nicholson has stated he does not know who his father is, saying "Only Ethel and June knew and they never told anybody". Although Donald Furcillo claimed to be Nicholson's father and to have committed bigamy by marrying June, biographer Patrick McGilligan, who wrote Jack's Life (published in December 1995) asserted that Eddie King, June's manager, may be the father and other sources have suggested that June Nicholson was unsure of who the father was. Jack Nicholson has chosen not to have a DNA test or to pursue the matter. In his adult personal life, Nicholson has been notorious for his inability to "settle down". He has five children by four different women despite only being married once. Jennifer Nicholson with former wife Sandra Knight Caleb Goddard with Susan Anspach, his Five Easy Pieces co-star Honey Hollman with Danish model Winnie Hollman Lorraine Nicholson and Raymond Nicholson with Rebecca Broussard. He has been romantically linked to numerous actresses and models for decades. Nicholson's longest relationship was for 17 years to actress Anjelica Huston, the daughter of film director John Huston. However, the relationship ended when the news reported that Rebecca Broussard had become pregnant with his child. Although he was brought up as a Roman Catholic, Nicholson told Vanity Fair in 1992 that he did not believe in God. Although Nicholson is personally against abortion, he is pro-choice. He is a supporter of the Democratic Party and has donated to many of its campaigns.[ He is a fan of the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Lakers. His attendance at Lakers games is almost legendary, as he has been spotted sitting courtside for the past 25 years at both The Forum and the Staples Center. In a few instances, Nicholson has engaged in arguments with game officials and opposing players, and has even walked onto the court. In addition to his walking on the court, Nicholson was arguing with officials so much during a 2001 Lakers playoff game that he was assessed a technical foul. Those working on his films must sometimes work around his affection for the Lakers.