Jack Nicholson Not Retiring, Memory OK, Says Pal Maria Shriver

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Thursday, 05 Sep 2013 11:41 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Jack Nicholson is not retiring from acting, contrary to the Internet rumors that went viral this week.

NBC's Maria Shriver, a Nicholson pal, confirmed to E! News Thursday that the Hollywood legend is not stepping out of the spotlight anytime soon. She said the "Chinatown" star is not suffering from any memory-related illness or dementia.

In fact, according to an E! News source, Nicholson is reportedly reviewing scripts for his next project.  

RadarOnline.com reported Wednesday that Nicholson would be retiring from acting because "his memory isn't what it used to be."

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"Jack has — without fanfare — retired," a source told the gossip website. "There is a simple reason behind his decision — it's memory loss. Quite frankly, at 76, Jack has memory issues and can no longer remember the lines being asked of him."

Holding the record for most male Academy Award nominations with 12 (he won three), Nicholson was last seen on screen alongside Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson in 2010's "How Do You Know."

With a career that spans five decades — Nicholson first appeared in 1958's "The Cry Baby Killer" — the New Jersey native has more than 60 film credits to his résumé including notable roles in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "The Shining," "A Few Good Men," "As Good as It Gets," "Terms of Endearment," "Batman," "About Schmidt," "Something's Gotta Give," and "The Departed."

Before the rumor was debunked, news of Nicholson's reported film retirement shook Twitter.

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