Jack the lard - why even at 70 he's still seducing waitresses
by PAUL SCOTT
Last updated at 11:22 15 July 2007
As we saw this week, Jack Nicholson's piled on the pounds. But even at 70, he's still seducing waitresses and chasing starlets (not to mention trying his luck with an outraged Nicole Kidman)
Given his advancing years, Jack Nicholson's landmark 70th birthday celebrations were, by his own famously hard-partying standards, a subdued affair.
A select list of a mere 600 of his closest celebrity friends were on hand to sip 1,000 bottles of Cristal champagne served by 70 scantily-attired waitresses - one for every licentious year of his life.
A 'Joker Jack' lookalike, dressed as the star's character in Batman, entertained the A-list guests, including George Clooney, Diane Keaton and Leonardo DiCaprio, and celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck created a 7ft-high birthday cake in the actor's honour.
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Ladykiller Nicholson hanging out with friends in the South of France
Even as he played the part of host, the birthday boy, with his trademark shades and Mephistophelean grin, spent much of the evening ensconced in the den of his ranch-style mansion on Los Angeles's Mulholland Drive, 'entertaining' the shapely hired help.
According to those present, his friends were treated to non-stop bursts of his maniacal laughter, interspersed with deep rumbles of satisfaction that were so debauched they would surely have fallen victim to the censor had they appeared in one of his films.
It could not have made pleasant listening, one suspects, for two of his most notable exes, actresses Anjelica Huston and Lara Flynn Boyle, who were also invited to the festivities in April, a few days after his birthday.
But then Nicholson, who revels in his reputation as a 'great seducer', has never been one for convention.
Witness the three-time Oscar winner's performance this week on a speedboat off Cap-Ferrat. Surrounded by a bevy of bikini-wearing beauties on his annual South of France holiday, he happily displayed an impressive paunch and sagging 'man boobs'.
His ageing contemporaries might opt for liposuction and macrobiotic diets to stay in shape, but the star of The Shining made do with a baguette and a can of Diet Coke, followed by one of his favourite Camel cigarettes.
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Philandering Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson has bedded 2,000 women. Past lovers include Anjelica Huston and Faye Dunaway
Yes, he may have had trouble hauling himself back on board after taking a relaxing dip, and his hair looks like he has been subjected to prolonged electrocution, but even as a septuagenarian grandfather, Jack is still Hollywood's coolest leading man.
How else would he have famously made 2,000 female conquests, among them such film beauties as Faye Dunaway and Candice Bergen, and still be able to attract Tinseltown's most gorgeous women (he was recently linked to 22-year-old model and actress Paz de la Huerta).
Yet, despite his continued priapic reputation, there are hints that Tinseltown's most unreconstructed lothario might at last be showing signs of growing old gracefully.
This unlikely transformation comes, the Mail has learnt, as the star of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest has recently sought to make peace with the six children (two of whom he has never acknowledged publicly) he fathered during a series of severely fractured and often fleeting relationships with five different women.
The star, who was most recently acclaimed for his role as a psychotic gangster in The Departed, is said to have vowed to limit his future film work to concentrate on building relationships with them "before it's too late".
This belated conversion, according to friends, has been prompted, in part at least, by the death three years ago of his next-door neighbour, and best friend of 40 years, Marlon Brando.
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Nicholson made a pass at Nicole Kidman at the Oscars - despite the fact that she there with husband Keith Urban
Nicholson was a regular visitor to Brando's bedside before the 80-year-old movie legend finally succumbed to heart disease in July 2004.
According to those close to Nicholson, he promised his friend he would not make the same mistakes when it came to his own children (Brando famously died a bloated and lonely old man - his wayward son Christian was jailed for the killing of his half-sister Cheyenne's boyfriend, and troubled Cheyenne later committed suicide in
Evidence of Nicholson's attempts to finally play the doting father were seen when he was in London a year ago, not with the trademark young and pretty blonde lover but with his 16-year-old daughter, Lorraine, whom he was treating to a trip to see the musical Billy Elliot, plus a guided tour round that most un-Jack of locations, the House of Lords.
He also made a rare appearance at a fashion show staged by his 44-year-old designer daughter, Jennifer, the mother of his two grandchildren.
Indeed, friends say he increasingly leads something of a solitary existence in the Beverly Hills house he bought from the proceeds of his first screen hit, Easy Rider, in 1969.
Evenings are spent watching his favourite television detective shows, CSI and Without A Trace. Often he is in bed by 9pm with one of his favourite crime books.
Like other pensioners, he must in the hit romcom Prizzi's Honor, lived with him for 16 years following the end of his short-lived marriage to actress Sandra Knight, by whom he had daughter Jennifer.
The philandering Jack had already fathered an illegitimate son, Caleb, now 36, by actress Susan Anspach, but he promised Anjelica's father, legendary film director John Huston, on his deathbed that he would take care of his beloved daughter.
Even before the funeral, however, he was entertaining a young British starlet called Karen Mayo-Chandler, whom he met in Aspen in 1987.
The young actress later went public with tales of how Nicholson chased her around his bedroom wearing satin blue boxer shorts and fluorescent orange socks, taking breaks from love-making only to gorge on peanut butter and jam sandwiches.
Anjelica Huston might have been prepared to forgive these tawdry revelations, but they came at the same time that she discovered he had fathered a child by wannabe actress Rebecca Broussard. (It was subsequently claimed he also fathered a daughter, Honey, now 25, by Danish model Winnie Hollman.)
Anjelica left him for his friend Ryan O'Neal and, despite numerous reunions and break-ups, they finally parted for good in 1989.
It was also while he was living with Huston that he became embroiled in the Roman Polanski 'rape' incident - one of Hollywood's biggest scandals.
In March 1977, Nicholson's close friend Polanski turned up at his house with a 13-year-old schoolgirl called Samantha Geimer while Jack was away skiing.
Film director Polanski, who was then 43, had promised to make her famous by photographing her for a French fashion magazine. But once they had been let in by a housekeeper, he drugged the girl with sleeping tablets, got her drunk on Nicholson's champagne and had sex with her.
The following day Polanski was arrested after the girl told her family what had happened. Police also raided Nicholson's house and found cocaine and hashish.
Nicholson, who was in Aspen, was made to provide his fingerprints, but they were not found on the stash of drugs.
However, the actor, in an astonishingly ill-considered outburst, defended Polanski - who was found guilty of sexually abusing a minor but fled abroad to escape jail - saying it would not have been a crime in the director's native Poland.
And while Miss Broussard, who was half his age, replaced Huston on his arm at Hollywood events (she bore him a son, Raymond, now 15, to add to their daughter Lorraine), Nicholson refused even to give her a key to his Hollywood home and, instead, moved her and the children into a house down the road. He insisted he needed to be "by myself so I can think devilish thoughts".
Frequently, however, they were not confined to his imagination and he is said to have cheated on Broussard with the French actress Julie Delpy.
Furthermore, three years ago it was claimed by a U.S. newspaper that the star, who has a reputed £140 million-fortune, pays child support to a former Hollywood waitress, Jennine Gourin, whose 11-year-old daughter he is said to have fathered.
Finally, Rebecca grew so tired of his philandering that she began an affair of her own with her co-star in the never-to-be-released film Blue Champagne, into which Nicholson sank £3 million of his own money in a failed attempt to launch her career.
Nicholson went on to have a short affair with British former wild child Amanda De Cadenet before meeting Lara Flynn Boyle. Despite claims they would marry, she, too, found he was not to be trusted with other women and her dramatic weight loss (she was six-and-a-half-stone by the time they split in 2003) was blamed on their relationship.
With age, however, Jack has had to get used to having his advances spurned.
Last year, he issued an apology to Nicole Kidman for making a pass at her when they appeared together for photographers at the Oscars, despite the fact she was there with her husband-tobe Keith Urban - although he refused to say what he used as a chat-up line which was said to have elicited a gasp of shock from the Moulin Rouge actress.
He admits: "I'm still playing the field a little, though not nearly as much as some people think."
Already, his role in his new movie as a dying man living out his final dreams is said to be a favourite to win him a fourth Oscar. For the famously libidinous Mr Nicholson, there can be few wishes, one suspects, he hasn't already had granted.
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