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Also Known As: Bijou Lilly Phillips Died:
Born: April 1, 1980 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Greenwich, Connecticut, USA Profession: actress, model, singer, songwriter

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A fixture on the New York party scene before she was old enough to drive, Bijou Phillips was a wild child personified. Born into rock royalty, she made gossip-page headlines by the time she was 13, thanks to her hard-core partying, excessive drinking, and heavy drug use. As a prepubescent teen, she appeared in controversial ad campaigns clad in nothing but her underwear. Phillips' life was seemingly spinning out of control until she turned her life around and began to focus on an acting career. Her breakout role was in the independent film "Black and White" (1999), a compelling drama about racism. She also appeared in the critically acclaimed drama "Almost Famous" (2000), as a teen groupie to an up-and-coming 1970s rock band. In spite of her family's highly publicized personal tragedies, which included shocking allegations of an incestuous relationship between her father, legendary singer John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas and her half-sister, actress Mackenzie Phillips, Phillips continued to act and tackle roles that showcased her talents and passion for her chosen career.

A fixture on the New York party scene before she was old enough to drive, Bijou Phillips was a wild child personified. Born into rock royalty, she made gossip-page headlines by the time she was 13, thanks to her hard-core partying, excessive drinking, and heavy drug use. As a prepubescent teen, she appeared in controversial ad campaigns clad in nothing but her underwear. Phillips' life was seemingly spinning out of control until she turned her life around and began to focus on an acting career. Her breakout role was in the independent film "Black and White" (1999), a compelling drama about racism. She also appeared in the critically acclaimed drama "Almost Famous" (2000), as a teen groupie to an up-and-coming 1970s rock band. In spite of her family's highly publicized personal tragedies, which included shocking allegations of an incestuous relationship between her father, legendary singer John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas and her half-sister, actress Mackenzie Phillips, Phillips continued to act and tackle roles that showcased her talents and passion for her chosen career.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Wake (2010)
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 It's Alive (2009)
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 Dark Streets (2008)
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 Choke (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

1993:
At age 13, began work as a model, appearing on the cover of <i>Interview</i> magazine
1995:
Appeared as part of a controversial Calvin Klein ad campaign featuring underage models in suggestive poses at age 15
1995:
Taught by father to play the guitar
1999:
Had a brief cameo in the independent film "Sugar Town"
1999:
Released her debut album <i>I'd Rather Eat Glass</i> and toured as part of the Lilith Fair music festival
2000:
Received positive reviews for her portrayal of a young Upper East Side child of privilege who has appropriated African-American hip-hop lingo and lifestyle in James Toback's "Black and White"
2000:
Posed for and featured on the cover of <i>Playboy</i> magazine (April)
2000:
Had a supporting role in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous"
2001:
Portrayed a teenage party girl in Larry Clark's "Bully"
2001:
Appeared in the independent drama, "Tart"
2004:
Cast opposite Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger in "The Door in the Floor"
2005:
Starred opposite Anne Hathaway in Stephen Gaghan's "Havoc"
2005:
Portrayed Lorna Doom opposite Shane West in "What We Do Is Secret," about late '70s seminal punk band The Germs
2007:
Cast in Eli Roth's "Hostel: Part II," the sequel to the 2006 film about a torture ring in Europe
2008:
Starred opposite Sam Rockwell in the black comedy "Choke"
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Will co-star with Danny Masterson in "The Bridge to Nowhere"; directed by Blair Underwood in his directorial debut (lensed 2008)
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Notes

"I've always been a performer. My family is in show business. Putting on a show has always been my thing. Even in school I used to say to people, 'One day you're going to be sitting there in your parents' house drinking Natural Lights and smoking your shag weed and you'll see me on MTV.'"---Bijou Phillips quoted in Details, January 1997.

"I like watching shows from when I was younger, like 'Full House'. I'm also a big fan of Celine Dion. I like what the world likes, because I want to feel like I can fit in." --Phillips to Time Out New York, April 15-22, 1999

"Music is real; it's something you can touch and feel. It moves you--the bass literally shakes you and rocks you from the inside. Music makes your soul feel amazing while you're performing it. It's not air, it's not wind, it's not anything like that. It's solid. It's thick. It's like summertime in New York." --Bijou Phillips quoted in Interview, May 1999

Phillips on her wild party past: "I don't regret anything that I did. If I had stayed home and gone to school and done the normal Brady thing, I would have been a total idiot. My whole thing is that I was stupid, but I was 14 and everybody's stupid at that age, so it's fine." --to Details, May 1999

Mackenzie Phillips on her younger half-sister: "Bijou may be thought of as this young privileged kid from a wealthy family, which is not right. We were like poor little rich kids. We may have lived in big mansions, but they were dirty and everything was broken. And the fact that Bijou can put a sentence together and look beautiful is a miracle. She has more strength than anyone would ever see just looking at her." --quoted in US Weekly, March 27, 2000

Father John Phillips on his hands-off parenting: "As a little girl, she wasn't a wild child at all until about the last six months before she went to work for Calvin Klein. She started having a lot of parties and running around. She was pretty crazy then. I was mercifully spared the New York years because I was in California. But I certainly knew the press coverage." --quoted in US Weekly, MArch 27, 2000

Phillips on the provocative opening scene of "Black and White": "What? I'm having a threesome in Central Park with a black man. I loved doing it. I wanted to put that scene out there in the world. I want people to deal with that. I want people to adjust to that." --quoted in Daily News, April 7, 2000

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Evan Dando. Musician, actor. Frontman for the Boston rock band The Lemonheads; born c. 1967; reportedly deflowered Phillips when she was 16 and he 29; no longer together.
companion:
Elijah Blue Allman. Musician. Son of Gregg Allman and Cher; no longer together.
companion:
Nick Adler. Son of record producer Lou Adler; separated c. February 2000.
companion:
Eric Eisner. Internet entrepreneur. Son of executive Michael Eisner; dated in 2000.
companion:
Sean Lennon. Musician. Dated briefly; no longer together.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
John Phillips. Musician. Founding member of seminal pop group The Mamas and the Papas; died March 19, 2001.
mother:
Genevieve Waite. Actor, painter. South African.
half-brother:
Jeffrey Phillips. Insurance salesman.
half-sister:
Mackenzie Phillips. Actor. Daughter of John Phillips and Suzy Adams.
half-sister:
Chynna Phillips. Actor, singer. Daughter of John and Michelle Phillips; married to actor William Baldwin.
brother:
Tamerlane Phillips. Born c. 1971.
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