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Also Known As: Laura Mackenzie Phillips Died:
Born: November 10, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Alexandria, Virginia, USA Profession: actor, singer

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Jacket, The (2005) Cast
3.
 When (1998) Catherine Brown
4.
 True Friends (1998) Connie
5.
 Kate's Secret (1986) Deyna
6.
 Love Child (1982) J J
7.
 Moviola: The Silent Lovers (1980) Lillian Gish
8.
 Fast Friends (1979) Susan
9.
 More American Graffiti (1979) Carol Rainbow
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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)
1975:
Played regular role of Julie Cooper on the CBS sitcom "One Day at a Time"; fired from the show due to drug problems
1976:
Portrayed the teenaged Eleanor Roosevelt in the ABC miniseries "Eleanor and Franklin"
1979:
Reprised role of Carol in the sequel "More American Graffiti"
1980:
Cast as Lillian Gish in the NBC TV-movie "Moviola: The Silent Lovers"
1981:
Reprised role of Julie Cooper on CBS' "One Day at a Time"
1982:
Last film appearance for over 15 years, "Love Child"
1982:
Joined the New Mamas and the Papas; toured with band founded by her father John
1985:
Resumed acting career with a guest appearance on "Murder, She Wrote" (CBS)
1986:
Played a woman suffering with an eating disorder in the NBC TV-movie "Kate's Secret"; last acting role for eight years
1994:
Resumed acting career with guest appearance as a drug counselor on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (FOX)
1996:
Again played a drug counselor on the CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"
1996:
Played Rizzo in a touring company production of "Grease"
1998:
Made first film in over 15 years, playing a cameo in in the independent feature "True Friends"
1999:
Returned to series TV as star of "So Weird" (The Disney Channel)
2005:
Cast in the thriller "The Jacket"
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Notes

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.

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

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Peter Asher. Music executive. Had two-year relationship (c. 1978-79); born c. 1944.
husband:
Jeff Sessler. Musician. Married in 1981; divorced after seven months.
husband:
Shane Fontayne. Musician. Born c. 1954; had 12-year relationship c. 1985-97 before marrying; she filed for divorce in 2000.

Family close complete family listing

father:
John Phillips. Musician. Founding member of The Mamas and the Papas; died March 19, 2001.
mother:
Suzy January.
step-mother:
Michelle Phillips. Actor, singer.
brother:
Jeffrey E A Phillips. Mortgage broker. Born c. 1957.
half-sister:
Chynna Phillips. Singer, actor. Born on February 12, 1968; mother, Michelle Phillips.
half-sister:
Tamerlane Phillips. Songwriter. Born c. 1971.
half-sister:
Bijou Phillips. Model, actor, singer. Born c. 1980.
son:
Shane Fontayne Jr. Born on February 3, 1987.
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