Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect the date of Nicholson’s interview and include a fuller quote.

Jack Nicholson is a Hollywood legend. He has starred in at least 65 films since 1958. But unlike the rest of Hollywood, he is anti-abortion, and for a VERY good reason.

As he explained in a classic interview, it was only due to the moral character of his grandmother and mother that kept him from being aborted.

In 1937 his mother was young – only 17 years old – and as a showgirl dancer, having a child would have been an incredible burden. Jack was raised by his maternal grandparents, John Nicholson and Ethel May. He believed they were his real parents until 1974, when he learned the truth after June Francis, his birth mother, died of cancer.

As he explained to Rolling Stone in 1984:

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. If June and Ethel had been of less character, I would never have gotten to live. These women gave me the gift of life. It’s a feminist narrative in the very pure form.

Via Life News

Jack never learned who his father was, as only his mother and grandmother knew. The secret died with them.

Isn’t it tragic to think how close the world was to never knowing such a great Hollywood talent? I wonder who else we have lost thanks to the abortion movement.

Thank you Jack Nicholson for sharing your private story and speaking out in favor of life!

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