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Mackenzie Phillips

Mackenzie PhillipsAKA Laura Mackenzie Phillips

Born: 10-Nov-1959
Birthplace: Alexandria, VA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Julie on One Day at a Time

Raised in a rock-and-roll household, Mackenzie Phillips was always exposed to materials and behavior most families would find shocking. Her father was John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas, and her stepmother was Michelle Phillips, also in the band. The biggest names in pop culture were frequent houseguests, and Phillips has said she started using marijuana and LSD when she was 12. She says that her father showed her how to shoot up when she was 18, and had sex with her when she was 19. She says she was aggressively seduced by Mick Jagger, visiting in the Phillips home, who told her, "I've been waiting to do this since you were ten years old."

Ironically, Phillips' first professional acting work was in the 1973 TV adaptation of Go Ask Alice, the overwrought cautionary tale against drug abuse. Mere months after that, Phillips became famous playing the precocious teenager who rode with Paul Le Mat in American Graffiti. Two years later, she was cast as Julie Cooper, the screaming older daughter on One Day at a Time. Phillips was a mess during much of the show's run. By the third season, she had been arrested for cocaine possession. Being consistently late, unprepared, or simply stoned or drunk on the set, she was suspended from the cast for six weeks. She was fired in 1980, and her character vanished from the show for an entire season. After allegedly getting clean, she was welcomed back to the show in 1981, then fired again in 1983 as her drug problems resurfaced.

In 1979, her home was destroyed in one of those huge fires that periodically scour the Los Angeles suburbs. In the early 1980s, she toured with her father in a revival of the Mamas and the Papas. Much of her résumé from 1992-2008 consisted of appearances on various talk shows chatting about temperance, but in August 2008 she was arrested at Los Angeles Airport and later charged with possession of cocaine and heroin. She has worked on the soap opera The Guiding Light, and played Molly Phillips (no relation) on So Weird. She has also toured with stage productions of Annie, playing Lily St. Regis, and appeared in late-night infomercials for an anti-acne facial peel.

She was given the name MacKenzie (actually her middle name) as her father's tribute to family friend Scott McKenzie. He is best known for making a hit of her father's "(If You're Going To) San Francisco".

Father: John Phillips (musician, The Mamas and the Papas)
Mother: Suzy January (aka Suzy Adams, east coast socialite)
Mother: Michelle Phillips (stepmother, The Mamas and the Papas)
Brother: Jeffrey Phillips (banking executive, b. 1957, father John Phillips, mother Suzy January)
Sister: Bijou Phillips (musician, half-sister, b. 1-Apr-1980, father John Phillips, mother Genevieve Waite)
Sister: Chynna Phillips (musician, half-sister, b. 12-Feb-1968, father John Phillips, mother Michelle Phillips)
Brother: Tamerlane Phillips (musician, half-brother, b. 17-Mar-1971, father John Phillips, mother Genevieve Waite)
Slept with: Mick Jagger (one-night stand, 1977)
Boyfriend: Peter Asher (record executive, dated 1978-79)
Husband: Jeff Sessler (musician, m. 1981, div. 1982)
Husband: Shane Fontayne (aka Michael Barakan, b. 1954, dated 1985-97, m. 1997, div. 2000)
Son: Shane Fontayne, Jr. (aka Shane Adams Barakan, b. 1987)
Slept with: John Phillips (her father, incestuous relationship 1970s)

    unknown detox facility 6 times
    Drug Possession: Heroin Los Angeles International Airport (arrested Aug-2008)
    Drug Possession: Cocaine Los Angeles International Airport (arrested Aug-2008)
    Drunk in Public
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Smoking, Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin

    One Day at a Time Julie Cooper (1975-80 and 1981-83)
    The Guiding Light Rachel Sullivan (1996)
    So Weird Molly Phillips (1999-2001)

    The Jacket (23-Jan-2005) · Nurse Harding
    Mayor of the Sunset Strip (17-Jun-2003) · Herself
    Double Teamed (18-Jan-2002)
    Love Child (15-Oct-1982)
    Moviola: The Silent Lovers (20-May-1980)
    More American Graffiti (3-Aug-1979)
    Eleanor and Franklin (11-Jan-1976)
    Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (2-Feb-1975)
    American Graffiti (11-Aug-1973) · Carol
    Go Ask Alice (24-Jan-1973)

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