If anything, I felt grateful." Nicholson attended Manasquan High School.
Although his grades were good enough to receive a partial scholarship offer, Nicholson was not interested in college.
Nicholson and Broussard never married but have since had two children together.
In 1980, Nicholson delivered an eerie if perhaps over-the-top performance as a deranged hotel caretaker in the acclaimed film adaptation of Stephen King's novel Throughout the 1980s, Nicholson largely moved away from the subtle, understated roles that had earned him such acclaim in favor of more outlandish comic performances.
He nevertheless delivered several brilliant performances during the decade: as Eugene O' Neill in the 1981 film Reds, for which he won another Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, as well as in Jack Nicholson is unquestionably one of the greatest actors of his generation.
"After all, by the time I found out who my mother was, I was pretty well psychologically formed.
As a matter of fact, it made quite a few things clearer to me.
One of June's ex-boyfriends, Don Furcillo-Rose, has since claimed to be the father, but Nicholson decided not to have paternity testing performed.
"I'd say it was a pretty dramatic event, but it wasn't what I'd call traumatizing," Nicholson said about discovering his family's secret.
More than a decade after her death, in 1974, a magazine reporter researching a cover story on Nicholson discovered some shocking information: June was in fact Nicholson's mother and John and Ethel May were his maternal grandparents.
Since June was 17 years old, unmarried and uncertain of the father's identity at the time of Nicholson's birth, her parents agreed to treat Nicholson as their own child and never reveal to him his true parentage.
June Nicholson, whom he believed was his older sister, was an aspiring actress.