Mackenzie Phillips Biography and Wiki Information
An American actress and singer, Mackenzie Phillips is best known for her roles in American Graffiti and as rebellious teenager Julie Cooper Horvath on the sitcom One Day at a Time.
Mini profile of Mackenzie Phillips:
Birth Name: Laura Mackenzie Phillips
Date of Birth: 10 November 1959
Birth town: Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Height: 5′ 7½” (1.71 m)
Occupation: Actress, Singer
Father: John Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas’ lead singer; born on August 30, 1935; died on March 18, 2001 because of heart failure)
Mother: Susan Adams (aka Suzy January)
Claim to fame: Her role as Julie Cooper on ‘One Day at A Time,’ (1975-1981)
Born Laura “Mackenzie” Phillips born 10th November 1959, in Alexandria, Virginia. Her parents, The Mamas and the Papas’ lead singer John Phillips and former ballerina Susan Adams (aka Suzy January) a socialite, divorced when she was of three and older Brother Jeffrey was of five. His father remarried to Holly Michelle Gilliam, and went on to form the hit folk/rock band the Mamas and Papas with Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty. She is also half sister of Bijou Phillips and Chynna Phillips.
Mackenzie Phillips produced a band with her three classmates at the age of twelve. She was dotted by a casting agent while one of their performances. She was being habituated of drugs at the age of twelve. Her major role was in American Graffiti in 1973 as “Carol”, a young girl picked up by hot rodding teenager John Milner unintentionally and movie become hit.
Career and personal life:
Phillips became famous in 70s, after playing the role of boy-crazy teenager Julie Cooper Horvath on the long-running television show One Day at a Time and $50,000 were earned by her. In 1977, during third show’s season, she was arrested for cocaine possession. She was ordered for taking break for six months by producers to overcome her habit. Finally she was fired from series in 1980.
She went to Fair Oaks Hospital to for treatment after two nearly fatal overdoses. She came back to the show after rehabilitation center in 1981; however she restarted using cocaine, and was fired in 1983 and not returned till it cancelled. She had gone for nine months intensive treatment under a long-term drug rehabilitation program.
She was declared completely sober and recovered, she restart her acting career with guest shots on episodic TV shows such as a stint as a drug counselor on “Beverly Hills, 90210” (Fox, 1990-2000) in 1994.
She has married three times, first husband Jeff Sessler from 1978-1980. Michael Barakan was her second husband; they had a son named Shane born in 1987. The third marriage was from 1996 to 2000 and also divorced. Music conductor Keith Levenson was her third husband, they married in 2005. Phillips’ memoir High on Arrival was released in September 2009, she exposed some memoir, in which she told she raped by her father.