Nov. 10th, 1959
Alexandria, Virginia, USA
5' 7 1/2"
Mackenzie Phillips' Main TV Roles
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Mackenzie Phillips, was known for her role in the 1973 hit movie American Graffiti (1973). Two years later, she got the role that changed her life in the 1975 sitcom "One Day at a Time" (1975). The show was an instant success, and everything was going well until the third season was launched, when she was arrested for cocaine possession and lied about the incident on her uncredited appearance on "Dinah and Her New Best Friends" (1976). During the run of the 1979-1980 season, Mackenzie started to fall off the deep end. The producers didn't know what was wrong - she started getting tired and showing up late for rehearsals. On the set she was incoherent and the producers gave her a six week leave of absence. In 1980, she was fired from the series, went to rehab, then returned in the fall of 1981. Sadly, in 1983, she fell asleep during a rehearsal. Producer Patricia Fass Palmer told her that she had to take another drug test, but she refused and left. She has since recovered and returned to acting.
- Aunt of Jamison Leon Baldwin.
- Half sister of 'Bijou Phillips' (qv), 'Chynna Phillips' (qv) and Tamerlane Phillips. Sister of Jeffrey Phillips.
- Mackenzie was named in honor of her dad's friend and songwriting/performing partner, 'Scott MacKenzie (I)' (qv), with whom he played prior to 'The Mamas and the Papas' (qv) in a band called the Journeymen. 'John Phillips (II)' (qv) and Scott MacKenzie co-wrote the big 1960s hit "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)," which Scott MacKenzie recorded and made into a worldwide hit. They also co-wrote the big 1980s hit "Kokomo" for 'The Beach Boys' (qv) from the movie _Cocktail (1988)_ (qv). Scott MacKenzie, John Phillips, & Mackenzie Phillips also worked together in the reformed the Mamas & the Papas in the 1980s & 1990s at various times, with Scott replacing original member 'Denny Doherty' (qv).
- Best remembered by the public for her starring role as daughter Julie Cooper in _"One Day at a Time" (1975)_ (qv).
- While shooting _"So Weird" (1999)_ (qv) in Vancouver, Mackenzie was the legal guardian of co-star 'Patrick Levis' (qv) until he turned 18.
- Her paternal grandmother was Cherokee Indian and met and married Phillips' grandfather in Oklahoma.
- One of her stepmothers was 'Michelle Phillips (I)' (qv).
- Sang in her father's music group, 'The Mamas and the Papas' (qv), when it made a comeback.