Mackenzie Phillips

Actor, Singer
Though many cautionary tales were penned about the toll wreaked upon the rock 'n' roll legends of the 1960s, few included the impact such destructive lifestyles had upon their children. One of the gloomiest exceptions ... Read more »
Born: 11/10/1959 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (59)

Milo Murphy's Law 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Voice

Hot in Cleveland 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Secret Place 2014 (Movie)

Deborah Green (Actor)

Criminal Minds 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie Sheen: On the Brink 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Caroline in the City 1996 - 1997, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1985 - 1986, 1994 - 1998, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 1994 - 1997, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1986, 1994 - 1997, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1985 - 1986, 1994 - 1998, 2004, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rehab with Dr. Drew 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shatner's Raw Nerve 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Walker, Texas Ranger 1985 - 1986, 1994 - 1998, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Guiding Light 1951 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crossing Jordan 2001 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Greatest Teen Stars 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

One Day at a Time Reunion Special 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jacket 2005 (Movie)

Nurse Harding (Actor)

7th Heaven 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Division 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Contact: Talking to the Dead 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Kate Brasher 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Mama Cass Elliot: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

So Weird 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Mackenzie Phillips 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Prism Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Host

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Sitcoms 4 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

American Graffiti: Then and Now 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

True Friends 1998 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

When 1997 (Movie)

Catherine Brown (Actor)

Beverly Hills 90210 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

One Day At A Time 1975 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Love Child 1982 (Movie)

J J (Actor)

That's TV 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

Carol Rainbow (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars IV 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars I 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Eleanor and Franklin 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins 1975 (Movie)

Frisbee (Actor)

American Graffiti 1973 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Double Teamed (TV Show)

Actor

Fast Friends (TV Show)

Actor

Go Ask Alice (TV Show)

Actor

Hercules Saves Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Kate's Secret (TV Show)

Actor

Miles to Go Before I Sleep (TV Show)

Actor

Moviola: The Silent Lovers (TV Show)

Actor

Things We Did Last Summer (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though many cautionary tales were penned about the toll wreaked upon the rock 'n' roll legends of the 1960s, few included the impact such destructive lifestyles had upon their children. One of the gloomiest exceptions was that of Mackenzie Phillips, daughter of The Mamas & the Papas founder John Phillips and the teenaged star of the popular sitcom "One Day at a Time" (CBS, 1975-1984). Exposed to her father's drug habits and witness to all manner of unsavory behavior before she reached the age of 18, Phillips developed her own addiction to cocaine during her tenure on the series, and was dropped from the cast after a 1980 arrest for possession. A stint in rehab preceded her return to the show the following year, but by 1983, her problems had returned to such a degree that the producers were forced to fire her again. She got sober in 1992 and resumed her acting career with a vengeance, appearing as a guest star in countless programs and as a regular on the kids' fantasy "So Weird" (Disney Channel, 1999-2001). She gave frequent testimony to her unfortunate past in interviews, but proved that her demon days were not so far behind her with an airport bust in 2008 for cocaine and heroin. Upon the publication of her memoirs a year later, Phillips found herself in the middle of an even bigger media firestorm after disclosing that most taboo of family secrets about her and her beloved Papa John. As an alleged survivor of incest and a well chronicled survivor of drug abuse, the public rallied around the troubled star as they never had before, proving that despite the many public stumbles along the way, she had endeared herself permanently in the public conscience as a figure of sympathy and goodwill.

Relationships

Suzy January

Mother
First wife of singer, John Phillips

Peter Asher

Companion
Had a two-year relationship c. 1978-1979

Shane Barakan

Son
Born February 3, 1987 father, Michael Barakan

Shane Fontayne

Husband
Dated 12 years before marrying February 1997 Divorced 2000

Keith Levenson Music Conductor

Husband
Married in June 2005

Jeffrey Phillips

Brother
Born in 1957 son of John Phillips and Susan Adams

Tamerlane Phillips

Half-Brother
Born in 1971 son of John Phillips and Geneviève Waïte

Chynna Phillips Actor

Half-Sister
Born in 1968 daughter of John Phillips and Michelle Phillips of 1960s folk group The Mamas and Papas member of the trio Wilson Phillips with her childhood friends Carnie and Wendy Wilson

Bijou Phillips Actor

Half-Sister
Born in 1980 daughter of John Phillips and Geneviève Waïte

John Phillips

Father
Founding member and lead singer of The Mamas and the Papas died March 18, 2001 of heart failure

Jeff Sessler

Husband
Married 1979 Divorced 1981

Milestones

2005

Cast in the thriller "The Jacket"

1999

Returned to series TV as star of "So Weird" (The Disney Channel)

1998

Made first film in over 15 years, playing a cameo in in the independent feature "True Friends"

1996

Again played a drug counselor on the CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"

1996

Played Rizzo in a touring company production of "Grease"

1994

Resumed acting career with guest appearance as a drug counselor on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (FOX)

1986

Played a woman suffering with an eating disorder in the NBC TV-movie "Kate's Secret"; last acting role for eight years

1985

Resumed acting career with a guest appearance on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS)

1982

Joined the New Mamas and the Papas; toured with band founded by her father John

1982

Last film appearance for over 15 years, "Love Child"

1981

Reprised role of Julie Cooper on CBS' "One Day at a Time"

1980

Cast as Lillian Gish in the NBC TV-movie "Moviola: The Silent Lovers"

1979

Reprised role of Carol in the sequel "More American Graffiti"

1976

Portrayed the teenaged Eleanor Roosevelt in the ABC miniseries "Eleanor and Franklin"

1975

Played regular role of Julie Cooper on the CBS sitcom "One Day at a Time"; fired from the show due to drug problems

1973

Made film debut as Carol, a chatty teenager picked up by hot-rodding teenager John Milner in "American Graffiti"

1973

TV-movie acting debut "Go Ask Alice" (ABC)

Bonus Trivia

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In an interview with TV Guide (March 13-19, 1999), Phillips revealed she had a one-night stand with Mick Jagger when she was 18 years old.

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Phillips testified in front of a Senate subcommittee on the subject of cutbacks in insurance for treatment of addiction and alcoholism.

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After having problems with drugs and alcohol, Phillips was fired from "One Day at a Time" (CBS) in February of 1980. She returned briefly in 1981, after completing rehab. However, in 1982 she resumed her cocaine use, and in 1983 she was again fired from the show, this time permanently.

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In 1992, Phillips entered into a long-term drug rehab program at Little Hill Alina Lodge, undergoing intensive treatment for nine months.

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Phillips was arrested on Aug. 27, 2008, on suspicion of possession of cocaine and heroin by Los Angeles airport police after the narcotics were discovered during a screening by federal security staff. In April 2010, all charges were dismissed and Phillips personally thanked the LAPD for arresting her when given time to speak to the court.

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Phillips revealed in her memoir, High on Arrival (2009) that her dad, musician John Phillips of the '60s band the Mamas and the Papas, engaged with her in a long-term incestuous relationship.

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