Jack Nicholson's dating history: From wife Sandra Knight to flings with Meryl Streep, Janice Dickinson

Jack Nicholson's dating history: From wife Sandra Knight to flings with Meryl Streep, Janice Dickinson
Janice Dickinson has dated Jack Nicholson and so has Meryl Streep (Kevork Djansezian, Leon Bennett and Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Jack Nicholson hasn't appeared in public in over a year and his friends fear that the 85-year-old actor is “living like a recluse.” But before his voluntary retreat from the world, he had quite the notorious love life. His reputation as a womaniser was never a secret, be it his link-ups with Hollywood divas or his complicated on-and-off relationships with non-celebrity women too. Nicholson also got married once but the marriage didn't last long.

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Describing himself, Nicholson once told Vanity Fair in 2011, "I am an extreme person. If someone says: 'Jack, you are a womaniser,' I don’t deny it." Nicholson's 'The Witches of Eastwick' co-star Cher said in 2002, as quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald, "The thing about Jack is that he likes women more than any man I've ever known," while Kim Basinger, 'Batman' actress, described him as "the most highly sexed individual I have ever met."

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Born on April 22, 1937, Nicholson has been involved with many women from Rebecca Broussard to Meryl Streep and tons of others. Here is a list of women he dated — from short-lived romances to those women with whom he shares his five children — Jennifer Nicholson, 59, Caleb Goddard, 51, Honey Hollman, 41, Lorraine Nicholson, 32, and Ray Nicholson, 30.

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Sandra Knight

Nicholson married his first (and only) wife, Sandra Knight, in 1962. However, they got divorced in 1968. Nicholson said in one of his interviews, as quoted by Radar Online, "While the ceremony was going on, that part of me that, at night, half believes in God, was looking upward and saying, 'Now remember, I'm very young, and this doesn't mean I'm not ever going to touch another woman.'" In 2016, Knight, who is known for 'Thunder Road' in 1958, 'The Terror' in 1963 and 'Tower of London' in 1962, described him by saying, as reported by Business Standard, "The real Jack is a loving, caring and giving person." During their marriage, Nicholson had his first child, Jennifer, who was born in 1963.

(US TABS OUT; HOLLYWOOD REORTER OUT)  Actress and artist Sandra Stephenson attends
 Actress and artist Sandra Knight Stephenson attends 'Previous Images,' her multi-media exhibition at the Edgemar Center for the Arts on January 29, 2004 in Santa Monica , California (Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

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Mimi Machu

They began dating while he was still married to Sandra Knight, and it continued even after his divorce from Knight, stated Famous Fix. Their relationship lasted till 1971.

Anjelica Huston

The two had an on and off relationship from 1973 to 1989. Anjelica Huston is an actress, director, producer, author, and former fashion model, who won Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 1985's Prizzi's 'Honor,' and followed the footsteps of her father, director John Huston, and grandfather, actor Walter Huston, as per Ranker.

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Actor Jack Nicholson stands with Anjelica Huston at the Cannes Film Festival May, 1974 in Cannes, France. Nicholson won the festival's Best Actor award for his performance as a military policeman in the film
Actor Jack Nicholson stands with Anjelica Huston at the Cannes Film Festival May, 1974 in Cannes, France. Nicholson won the festival's Best Actor award for his performance as a military policeman in the film "The Last Detail." (Liaison/Getty Images)

Cynthia Basinet

Born in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, Basinet, who has starred in flims like 'The Great Gilly Hopkins' was in a relationship with Nicholson from 1997 to 1999. In the 1990s, she featured in the films 'Last Dance,' 'The Making of a Hollywood Madam,' 'A Hard Death,' and also appeared in the 'Last Man on Earth' segment of the 'Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction' TV series, states Wikipedia.

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Singer Cynthia Basinet attends the Roberto de Villacis Award Season Couture Fashion preview at Hacienda Saint Pierre on October 27, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
Cynthia Basinet attends the Roberto de Villacis Award Season Couture Fashion preview at Hacienda Saint Pierre on October 27, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Lara Flynn Boyle

Nicholson was in a relationship with her from 1999 to 2001. She is known for her role as Donna Hayward in the 'Twin Peaks' that broadcasted from 1990 to 1991, reports Ranker.

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Tracy Richman

They were in a relationship from 1990 to 1991. Following this, she dated Charlie Sheen and Frank Stallone.

Rebecca Broussard

They dated from 1989 to 1994. This was one of the longest relationships, Nicholson had. Broussard, an actor and model, gave birth to two of Nicholson's children — Lorraine and Raymond — as per Radar Online. In 2001, she got married to actor Alex Kelly.

4/23/98 Los Angeles, CA. Jack Nicholson with Rebecca Broussard at the 34th Annual Humanitarian Award Dinner honoring Viacom chairman, Sumner M. Redstone.
Jack Nicholson with Rebecca Broussard at the 34th Annual Humanitarian Award Dinner honoring Viacom chairman, Sumner M. Redstone (Getty Images)

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Kate Moss

In 2004, Nicholson and Moss were rumoured to be seeing each other after being spotted leaving a restaurant together during New York Fashion Week. In an interview, Nicholson said, as quoted by Vogue, "There are two kinds of women. The ones who want to jump into bed with me and the ones who want to slap my face when I try to sleep with them. I'm hoping Kate doesn't slap me in the face."

Kate Moss attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating
Kate Moss attends The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. ( Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

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Rachel Ward

They dated for a year from 1980 to 1981. They started dating during trips to London, reports Radar Online.

Meryl Streep

The two had a fling while filming the 1987 film 'Ironweed.' Streep has been described as the "best actress of her generation", as per Radar. She has been nominated for 21 Academy Awards, of which she won three, and has won eight Golden Globe awards.

Meryl Streep attends the world premiere of Netflix's
Meryl Streep attends the world premiere of Netflix's "Don't Look Up" on December 05, 2021 in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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Winnie Hollman

They both had an on and off relationship between the years 1980 and 1985. Nicholson welcomed his third child, Honey, with her, states People. Hollman is known for 'Eyes of Laura Mars' in 1978, 'Tattoo' in 1981 and 'Cocaine Cowboys' in 1979.

Karen Mayo-Chandler

Nicholson dated her in the late-1980s. Chandler, who was an actress and a model, referred to Nicholson as "that horny little devil" and "Spanking Jack," states Nickiswift. The actress got diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and died of the disease on July 12, 2006.

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Melanie Griffith

She was rumored to have had a brief affair with him. Born on August 9, 1957 in New York City, Griffith is a mother to 'Fifty Shades of Grey's Dakota Johnson.

Actress Melanie Griffith attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.
Actress Melanie Griffith attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

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Janice Dickinson

They had a fling in 1980. In her autobiography, 'No Lifeguard On Duty,' Dickinson opened about their fling and said, as per Nickiswift, "[Nicholson] was lying there naked, propped up on the pillows, grinning that famous grin. I couldn't believe he could be so full of himself. I also felt a little guilty about Anjelica Huston, Jack's long-time girlfriend. I'd met her and liked her, so, I wondered, why I was sleeping with her man?"

Janice Dickinson attends the LA Art Show Opening Night Premiere Party Benefiting St. Jude hosted by Kaia Gerber at Los Angeles Convention Center on January 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
Janice Dickinson attends the LA Art Show Opening Night Premiere Party Benefiting St. Jude hosted by Kaia Gerber at Los Angeles Convention Center on January 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Michelle Phillips

His relationship with Phillips lasted for two years from 1970 to 1972. Speaking about Nicholson, she told Vanity Fair in 2007, "He was a lovely guy: charming, sweet, and fun to be with." She appeared in a supporting part in 'The Last Movie' in 1971. She also starred in 'Valentino' in 1977 where she played the role of Natacha Rambova, and also featured in 'Bloodline' in 1979.

Margaret Trudeau

 The ex-wife of former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau and mother of current Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, in her 1982 book, 'Consequences,' called Nicholson "the first real rival to Pierre" when it came to the men. She wrote, "I discovered just how much room there is in the back of a Daimler," adding she and Nicholson "made love all night." "I wanted him badly but I didn't need him," she said, reports UPI.

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Celebrated Canadian, author and mental health advocate, Margaret Trudeau, speaks out about mental health in front of 18,000 youth and educators at WE Day Minnesota on November 8, 2017, at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota.
Celebrated Canadian, author and mental health advocate, Margaret Trudeau, speaks out about mental health in front of 18,000 youth and educators at WE Day Minnesota on November 8, 2017, at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for WE)

Amber Smith: Nicholson linked up with Amber Smith in 1993. Smith a former model, was chosen for a reality show pilot, titled 'The Amber Smith Project," which followed the journey of Smith's struggle to open up a modeling agency in Miami Beach, states IMDb.

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Julie Delpy: As per Radar Online, Nicholson rumored to have had a fling with Julie Delpy in the early-1990s.

Paz de la Huerta: They were rumored to be dating. In 2006, Nicholson attended 'The Departed premiere' with Huerta, who starred in flims like 'Nurse 3D'.

Paz de la Huerta attends the Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood Kick Off at Sadie Kitchen and Lounge on February 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Paz de la Huerta attends the Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood Kick Off at Sadie Kitchen and Lounge on February 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

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