Jack Nicholson with Dennis Hopper & Michelle Phillips at an Academy Awards after party, 1970.
Michelle Phillips began dating Jack Nicholson around the time she auditioned for a part in his upcoming movie Carnal Knowledge. When she lost the part to Candice Bergen and Nicholson left for filming, she flew to Peru to star in his friend Dennis Hopper’s film The Last Movie.
Hopper was famous for bouts of madness and erratic behavior and Phillips fell in love with him, drawn to him in part, she now says, “by this Florence Nightingale Instinct.”
They became a couple, attending the Academy Awards together, and marrying in late 1970. However In the days following the wedding Hopper began acting “dangerously” and the marriage ended just 8 days after it began.
Soon after her divorce was finalized Phillips began dating Jack Nicholson again.