Michelle Phillips
Singer, actress
Michelle Phillips
Michelle Phillips is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained fame as a member of the 1960s group The Mamas & the Papas, and is the last surviving original member of the group.
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Mackenzie Phillips' Big Regret About Revealing Her Incest Secret On ‘Oprah’
Huffington Post - 11 months
When former child star Mackenzie Phillips dropped the bombshell on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2009 that she'd had a 10-year sexual relationship with her famous father, Mamas and Papas member John Phillips, everyone was shocked -- including her family, by their own accounts. Michelle Phillips, Mackenzie's former stepmother and Mamas and Papas member, expressed outrage that Mackenzie was appearing on TV instead of sitting on a therapist's couch. John's wife at the time of the alleged abuse, Genevieve Waite, issued a firm statement of denial. Even Mackenzie's supportive half-sisters, Chyna and Bijou, were devastated by the story. (John Phillips had passed away in 2001.) Given the family reaction, the public frenzy and the ongoing pain that resulted in the wake of her reveal, it's natural to wonder if Mackenzie now regrets anything about how the events played out nearly seven years ago. Oprah asks the 56-year-old this very question when the two sit down for a fo ...
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A Five Step Plan for Making and Keeping those New Year's Resolutions from Peak Performance Expert, Motivational Speaker and Coach Michele Phillips
Yahoo News - about 4 years
An estimated 50 percent of Americans will make New Year's resolutions but only eight percent will actually do anything to accomplish them. According to Michele Phillips, motivational speaker, personal coach and peak performance expert, making resolutions and sticking with them can be accomplished with a few simple strategies. ...
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Housing Trust scoops prestigious digital inclusion award
24 dash - over 4 years
Halton Housing Trust has been recognised for its hard work in helping people get online after winning a national award. Beating off hundreds of entries from around the UK, the Trust won the Spring Online Best Event Award 2012, receiving a certificate, £100 and two free IT courses, presented by Esther Rantzen at a ceremony in London last week. Michelle Phillips, customer involvement officer, leads on digital inclusion at the Trust and attended the ceremony in London last week. She said: “...
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Peter Winkler: 5 Things You Never Knew About Dennis Hopper
Huffington Post - over 4 years
From his lonely childhood in Kansas to his drug-fueled days and nights in Hollywood, Dennis Hopper's amazing life was a roller-coaster series of triumphs and failures. Here are five revelations about Hopper that provide a glimpse into his turbulent life and character. Excerpted from Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel by Peter L. Winkler, published by Barricade Books. 1. Dennis Hopper hated his parents. After crashing a Hollywood party one evening, Hopper told writer Gwen Davis, "I come from Kansas, which is nowhere. And I hate my parents, who are no one." "When I moved to San Diego, I told my parents I wanted to take acting lessons, and they were horrified at the idea," he later said. "I didn't love either one of them, very honestly. They weren't bad -- like, this isn't a monster story -- but I just felt out of place. They thought I should be a doctor or a lawyer or an engineer, and that being an actor was a life of becoming a bum -- and this was not a ...
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Around Town: Snow White, Casablanca at Oscars Outdoors
LATimes - over 4 years
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences introduces its "Oscars Outdoors" screening series  Friday evening with the 1942 Oscar-winning romantic classic "Casablanca," followed by Walt Disney's seminal 1937 animated feature, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,'' Saturday evening. The screenings take place at the academy's new open-air theater on its Hollywood campus. All of the June screenings are sold out, but there will be a standby line the day of the event.  http://www.oscars.org Cinespia's outdoor screening series at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is in full swing this summer with Cheech and Chong's highly combustible 1978 comedy, "Up in Smoke," scheduled for Saturday evening. http://www.cinespia.org New Beverly Cinema kicks off the weekend with the antic 1944 Frank Capra comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace," based on the long-running Broadway hit. The film, which stars Cary Grant, screens Friday and Saturday. With Woody Allen's latest, "To Rome with Love," opening next wee ...
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Girls Lacrosse: Huskies Fall in ISL Semifinals
Oakton Patch - almost 5 years
Though the Flint Hill Huskies suffered a 16-2 loss to St. Stephens/St. Agnes in the Independent School League Tournament semifinal Sunday, their season continues with their qualification into the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Tournament. On Sunday, the Huskies managed just one goal in each half — from Lizzie Schwien in the first half and Catie Chess in the second — ending their chance at an ISL title. Meanwhile the Saints logged 12 goals in the first half and four in the second to dominate from start to finish. Three Saints — Liz Lavie, Michele Phillips and Carly Reed — tied with a game-high three goals each. Katie Austin led in assists with five. Huskies goalkeeper Ansley Gibson made five saves, while Saints goalkeepers Gussie Johns and Katie Wiseman had two saves each. "When you come into a game like this, you want to try to keep the score close and shut down certain players and try to possess the ball on offense, and I think we did that OK today," Coa ...
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Jack Nicholson: The complete hookup history
guyism - almost 5 years
Last week we took a look at one of the most prolific celebrity womanizers in Leonardo DiCaprio. This week we continue our series with a man who has allegedly hooked up with at least as many famous women as Leo: Jack Nicholson. Of course the difference here is that Jack just turned 75 on Sunday while Leo is half that age. That being said, it’s still a rather impressive list. Jack also gets points for scoring with women many, many years younger than him (noted below). NOTE: In the interest of brevity, we’ll just list all his ladies up to his longest romance: Anjelica Huston. It’s also been reported that Jack has nailed over 2,000 women, but today we’re just going to focus on the famous ones. Previous hookup histories on Guyism. Pre-Anjelica Sandra Knight (1958-1968), Mimi Machu (1967-1971), Susan Anspach (1969-1971), Rita Moreno (1970), Candice Bergen (1971), Michelle Phillips (1971-1972). Anjelica Huston (1973-1989) Jack and Anjelica were an item for 16 years, but as yo ...
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Chynna Phillips Definitely Still Holding On
Talk Radio Blog - almost 5 years
Do you remember Chynna Phillips, 1/3 of the pop group, Wilson Phillips and the child of musicians, John and Michelle Phillips of the famed The Mamas and The Papas?  Of course you do! Well she’s making a visit to Olivia Wilder Radio tomorrow to talk about what’s new in her life. Chynna formed Wilson Phillips in the late 1980s with her childhood pals, Carnie and Wendy Wilson, who also just happen to be the daughters of Beach Boy, Brian Wilson.  The group went on to sell 10 million copies of their debut album, prompting Billboard to declare them the best selling female group of all time.  They were nominated for 5 Grammys, an American Music Award and won Billboard Music Awards for songs, “Hold On” and “Release Me,” both which were written by Chynna herself! Of late, Chynna has been quite busy with her feature on the hit movie, Bridesmaids and appearances on the popular ABC show, Dancing With The Stars. This month, Wilson Phillips: Still Holding On, a reality show featuring Carnie, Wen ...
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Wilson Phillips Talk 'Dedicated,' Their New Reality Show, 'Bridesmaids' + More
MTV News - almost 5 years
Wilson Phillips open up about music, their new reality show and hot boys! It's not every day that you get to shoot the breeze with Wilson Phillips. Somehow, I managed to score an interview with the legendary trio, and I got through it without having a full-blown meltdown and/or smudging my mascara! When their powers combine, Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips are known as Wilson Phillips, the strong and talented girl group who tore up the airwaves back in the '90s. (For non-Wilson Phillips diehards, we'll take this moment to remind you that Wendy and Carnie Wilson are the daughters of The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, while John and Michelle Phillips from The Mamas & The Papas are Chynna Phillips' parents. What up, amazing genes.) With a brand-new reality show, tour and album currently in the mix, WP are poised to reclaim a top spot both on the charts and in pop culture. During our sit-down, me and the gals chatted it up about about everything from healthy eating ( ...
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Proposed law would free dogs of chains
Nogales International - almost 5 years
Three years ago, Michelle Phillips, executive director of the Green Valley Community Foundation, presented a proposal to the Santa Cruz County Animal Control Advisory Commission to criminalize the cha
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2012 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
The Sacramento Bee - almost 5 years
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The 40th edition of the Iditarod began on Sunday as 66 mushers and their sled dog teams began the 1,000-mile trek across Alaska. The finish line is in the old gold rush town of Nome, on Alaska's western coast. The Iditarod field this year includes mushers from Alaska, four other states and four other countries. The contenders include defending champion John Baker, 49, who won last year's race in record time. Baker was the first Inupiat Eskimo to win the Iditarod and the first Alaska Native to win it since Jerry Riley did in 1976. Images from the photojournalists at the Anchorage Daily News (35 images) Follow @sacbee_theframe Four-time Iditarod champion Martin Buser prepares his team to leave the checkpoint in Nikolai, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Anchorage Daily News / Marc Lester MORE IMAGES Wolvie and Roscoe stir as Karen Ramstead prepares to feed them in Nikolai, Alaska, ...
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Merri Lee Phillips Enomoto, 57 - Maui News
Google News - over 5 years
... Nani (Bo) Racadio, Anna Enomoto; step-sisters, Jayne Phillips, Michelle Phillips; step-brother, Robbie Phillips; 18 step-grandchildren, 1 step-great-grandson; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends worldwide
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Equine medicine appeals to Michelle Phillips - Gulf Coast Newspapers
Google News - over 5 years
Such is the case with Michelle Phillips, a senior at Robertsdale High, who has been around horses, either from the standpoint of riding, feeding grooming, or cleaning out their stalls, for most of her life. “Ever since I was a small child,
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DWTS "Bachelor Pad" Aug 29 Cast Leaked Before Announcement (LIST) - Post Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
Chynna Phillips: is an American singer and actress, known for being a member of Wilson Phillips and for being the daughter of The Mamas & the Papas' band members John and Michelle Phillips and the half-sister of actress Mackenzie Phillips,
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Flooding leaves residents fed up - Windsor Star
Google News - over 5 years
South Windsor residents Paul and Michelle Phillips of St. Gabriel Crescent check out the extent of flooding in their yard following heavy rains on Thursday. A deluge of rain that blanketed the region
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michelle Phillips
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 64
    After the millennium, Phillips continued to occasionally appear in films. She had supporting parts in the comedies Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (2002); the drama Harry + Max (2004); and the independent comedy Unbeatable Harold (2006) In 2009, Phillips appeared at the annual TV Land Awards for the 30th year celebration of Knots Landing.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in a minor role in the Norwegian historical film Betrayal, which chronicles the German occupation of Norway. Phillips has married five times and has three children: In 1986, Phillips wrote an autobiography, California Dreamin': The True Story of the Mamas and the Papas, released just weeks after her former husband's autobiography Papa John. In it, Michelle describes such events as her first meeting with fellow Mama, Cass Elliot, of winning 17 straight shoots at a crap table in the Bahamas when the band was broke and could not afford the airfare back to the United States, and how her writing credit on "California Dreamin'", which still nets her royalties, was "the best wake-up call" she ever had (she was asleep in a New York hotel room when her then husband John Phillips woke her up in order to help him finish a new song he was writing).
  • 2008
    Age 63
    Phillips is an advocate for legalization of marijuana, and in 2008 credited it with helping her quit smoking cigarettes: "When I really, really, really wanted a cigarette, I would take a puff of pot, and the cravings would go away," she said.
    More Details Hide Details On December 2, 1987, Phillips was arrested in Amarillo, Texas, for marijuana possession after being pulled over for speeding. Phillips was a passenger in the car with then-boyfriend Geoffrey Tozer, and the marijuana was discovered after police searched the couple's vehicle. Phillips was booked and released on $500 bond.
  • 2007
    Age 62
    In 2007, Phillips publicly protested the Iraq war and stated her belief that president George W. Bush and vice president Dick Cheney be investigated for war crimes.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1996
    Age 51
    She played Laura Collins in the 1996 television movie No One Would Tell.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1987
    Age 42
    In late 1987, Phillips sang backup vocals on Belinda Carlisle's number one hit, "Heaven Is a Place on Earth", as well as on the Carlisle LP, Heaven on Earth.
    More Details Hide Details She had a guest role on the television series The Magnificent Seven, where she played Maude Standish, the mother of one of the Seven. Phillips' most recent serious acting job has been a recurring role on the WB drama 7th Heaven as Lily Jackson, sister of family matriarch Annie Jackson Camden (Catherine Hicks).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1979
    Age 34
    Released in June 1979, Bloodline received negative reviews from critics, and Phillips's performance (along with those of James Mason and Maurice Ronet) was criticized by Variety as being "drab."
    More Details Hide Details The same year, she recorded the song "Forever" for the movie soundtrack of California Dreaming the same year, a surf film that had nothing to do with her former group. Her other film credits during this period include roles in The Man with Bogart's Face (1980), Savage Harvest (1981) and American Anthem (1986). On television, Phillips played the mermaid princess Nyah in three episodes of Fantasy Island, and Leora Van Treas in Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All starring Stacy Keach in the title role, and appeared in TV miniseries such as Aspen (1977) and The French Atlantic Affair (1979). She has made guest appearances on programs such as Spin City and Star Trek: The Next Generation (where she appeared in the episode "We'll Always Have Paris" as a former love-interest of Jean-Luc Picard). Phillips starred for six seasons on Knots Landing as the constantly scheming Anne Matheson Sumner, the mother of star Nicollette Sheridan's character Paige Matheson (a role which Phillips returned to for the 1997 TV movie Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-de-Sac). During this time, she also appeared in the films Let It Ride (1989); the thrillerScissors (1991), opposite Sharon Stone; and Joshua Tree (1993), starring Dolph Lundgren. In the mid-1990s, she played Abby Malone, mother of Valerie (Tiffani-Amber Thiessen) in Fox's Beverly Hills, 90210.
    In 1979, she appeared in the film adaptation of the Sidney Sheldon novel Bloodline (1979), a thriller starring Audrey Hepburn and Ben Gazzara.
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  • 1977
    Age 32
    In 1977, Phillips released her first and only solo album, Victim of Romance, produced by Jack Nitzsche for A&M Records.
    More Details Hide Details Commenting on the record, she said: "I didn't do it earlier because I never felt secure enough as a vocalist. I'm good, but Cass was always better." Phillips also commented on her involvement in its production, saying that she had been involved in "every aspect, from mixing to putting together the package and cover myself." Her first two solo singles from the album failed to make the U.S. music charts. The same year, she sang backup vocals with former stepdaughter Mackenzie Phillips on "Zulu Warrior", for her ex-husband's second solo album, Pay Pack & Follow. The same year, she starred as Rudolph Valentino's second wife Natacha Rambova in Ken Russell's film Valentino (1977). The film received mixed reviews, with Time Out London saying: "Structured as a series of flashbacks from Valentino's funeral to his early years in America, the first hour or so of this biopic is Russell's sanest and most controlled work in several years, despite its hollow cynicism."
  • 1976
    Age 31
    Phillips released her first solo single in 1976, "No Love Today", on the Mother, Jugs & Speed movie soundtrack.
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  • 1975
    Age 30
    In 1975 Phillips signed a solo recording contract with A&M Records and released a promo single, "Aloha Louie", a song she wrote with ex-husband John Phillips.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1974
    Age 29
    In 1974 she was featured in the action-horror television film The California Kid opposite Martin Sheen, and also appeared briefly in a party scene with Warren Beatty in Shampoo (1975); Phillips had been dating Beatty at the time, and the appearance was a cameo.
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  • 1971
    Age 26
    Her first film role came in Dennis Hopper's 1971 film The Last Movie, in a minor bit part; she would later marry Hopper shortly after the production, a marriage which lasted only eight days.
    More Details Hide Details Two years later, she was cast in a lead role in the thriller film Dillinger (1973) as John Dillinger's girlfriend, Billie Frechette. The film was critically acclaimed, and Variety said of her performance: "Phillips, making her film bow after having been a member of the Mamas & the Papas singing group, scores heavily as Dillinger’s girlfriend." Phillips was nominated for a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer for her performance. The same year, Phillips recorded vocals as a cheerleader along with Darlene Love, for the Cheech & Chong single "Basketball Jones" which peaked at No.15 on the Billboard singles chart.
  • 1969
    Age 24
    In 1969, Phillips appeared in Gram Parsons' science fiction film Saturation 70, alongside Nudie Cohn, Anita Pallenberg, and Julian Jones, the then-five-year-old son of the Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones.
    More Details Hide Details The film was never finished, and became a lost film. The following year, after the breakup of the Mamas & the Papas, she enrolled in acting classes in Los Angeles, and has said that she intended to start her acting career "from scratch," stating that the royalties from the band's records provided her a sustained income while she began to venture into film.
    Michelle and John Phillips, whose marriage was failing, filed for divorce in a Los Angeles County court in May 1969, and the group officially disbanded in 1971 before the release of their final album, People Like Us, which was recorded to fulfill contract obligations with their record label.
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  • 1968
    Age 23
    In 1968, she gave birth to their daughter, Chynna Phillips, who later became vocalist of the 1990s pop trio Wilson Phillips.
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  • 1966
    Age 21
    Michelle was rehired shortly thereafter, when the three original members concluded her replacement Jill Gibson, who was a quick study and well regarded, lacked her predecessor's "stage charisma and grittier edge"; Michelle Phillips was reinstated on August 23, 1966.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, the group performed at the Monterey Pop Festival in Monterey, California, an event organized by John Phillips and Lou Adler. The festival also featured other prominent California-based counterculture musicians and psychedelic rock acts, including Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. The group went on to release two more studio albums, The Mamas & The Papas Deliver (1967) and The Papas & The Mamas (1968), before going on a hiatus.
    After consulting their attorney and record label, he, Elliot, and Doherty served Michelle Phillips with a letter expelling her from the group on June 28, 1966.
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  • 1965
    Age 20
    After her marriage to John Phillips at age eighteen, the couple relocated to New York City, where they began writing songs together. There, Phillips was a founding member of the Mamas & the Papas, helping to form the vocal group in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details She co-wrote some of the band's hits, including "California Dreamin'" and "Creeque Alley," which appeared on their debut album If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (1966). Recording of the Mamas and the Papas' second album (eponymously titled The Mamas and the Papas (1966) and sometimes referred to as Cass, John, Michelle, Dennie, whose names appear thus above the band's name on the cover) was interrupted when Phillips became indiscreet about her affair with Gene Clark of the Byrds. An affair the previous year between Phillips and band mate Denny Doherty had been forgiven; Doherty and John Phillips had reconciled and ostensibly written "I Saw Her Again" (1966) about the episode, although they later disagreed about how much Doherty contributed to the song. This time, Phillips was determined to fire his wife.
    A native of California, she met and married John Phillips in San Francisco as a teenager, and went on to co-found the vocal group the Mamas & the Papas in 1965.
    More Details Hide Details The band rose to fame with their popular singles "California Dreamin'" and "Creeque Alley," both of which Phillips co-wrote. They released five studio albums before their dissolution in 1970. Phillips is the last surviving member of the group. After the breakup of the Mamas & the Papas and her divorce from John Phillips, she successfully transitioned into acting, earning a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as Billie Frechette in the critically acclaimed crime biopic Dillinger (1973). She went on to appear in numerous films throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including Ken Russell's Valentino (1977), playing Natacha Rambova; Bloodline (1979); and Scissors (1991). She was also a main cast member on the series Knots Landing from 1987 to 1993. Phillips released one solo album, Victim of Romance, in 1977. Phillips was born Holly Michelle Gilliam in Long Beach, California, the second child of Joyce Leon (née Poole), an accountant, and Gardner Burnett Gilliam, a merchant mariner. She has one older sister. Phillips's mother died of a brain aneurysm when Michelle was five years old. Between the ages of six and twelve, Phillips was raised in Mexico City, Mexico, where her father was studying sociology on the GI Bill at Mexico City College. While there, she attended Mexican schools, and learned to speak Spanish. At age thirteen, Phillips returned to the United States with her father and sister, settling again in Long Beach, where she attended high school.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 17
    He divorced his first wife and married Michelle on December 31, 1962, when she was 18.
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  • 1961
    Age 16
    In 1961, she moved to San Francisco to do modeling work, and met John Phillips while he was touring California with his band the Journeymen.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on June 4, 1944.
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