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Photos: Jack Nicholson Enjoys the Ridiculously Good Life in 1969

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LIFE magazine has released previously unpublished photos of Jack Nicholson enjoying the good life at his new home on Mulholland Drive in 1969.

There he is smoking a joint, listening to some records, playing with his daughter on his deck overlooking Franklin Canyon and practicing piano for his career-making role in "Five Easy Pieces." He was 32 at the time. You can find the rest of the gallery here just in time for Jack's 75th birthday tomorrow.

Nicholson grew up in New Jersey, where he was raised by his grandparents. Of course, he never knew this until a journalist from Time five years later informed him of this fact. He grew up thinking his mother was his sister and his grandmother was his mother.