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Michelle Phillips (born June 4, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She gained fame as a member of the 1960s vocal group The Mamas & the Papas.
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Michelle Phillips (born June 4, 1944) 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. Phillips was born Holly Michelle Gilliam in Long Beach, California, the daughter of Joyce Leon (nĂ©e Poole), an accountant, and Gardner Burnett Gilliam, a merchant mariner. She grew up partly in Mexico City, where her father was attending college on the GI Bill. She married John Phillips on December 31, 1962, when she was 18, before the formation of the band. In 1968, she gave birth to their daughter, Chynna Phillips. The couple divorced in 1970. Phillips co-wrote some of the band`s hits, including "Creeque Alley" and "California Dreamin`". During 1970, Phillips sang backup vocals on a Leonard Cohen tour. That year, Phillips married actor Dennis Hopper. The marriage lasted eight days. Of that marriage, Phillips said: "I will say this about Dennis Hopper: We were married for eight days and truly...they were the happiest days of my life." In 1973, 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. In 1975 Phillips signed a solo recording contract with A&M Records and released a promo single, "Aloha Louie", that she wrote with ex-husband John Phillips. Phillips released her first solo single in 1976, "No Love Today", on the Mother, Jugs & Speed movie soundtrack. On August 24, 1976, Phillips sang "No Love Today" on The Mike Douglas Show. In 1977, Phillips released her debut solo album, Victim of Romance, produced by Jack Nitzsche for A&M Records. Her first two solo singles from the album failed to make the U.S. music charts.
Phillips began acting in the 1970s and continues to act in movies and in television. She was introduced in 1973`s Dillinger as John Dillinger`s girlfriend, Billie Frechette. In 1974 she was featured in The California Kid with Martin Sheen. In 1977, she played Rudolph Valentino`s second wife Natacha Rambova in Ken Russell`s film Valentino. Phillips also played the mermaid princess Nyah in three episodes of Fantasy Island. 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 Captain Picard). She had a guest role on the television series The Magnificent Seven, where she played the character of 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). She played Laura Collins in the 1996 television movie No One Would Tell. Phillips starred for several seasons on Knots Landing as Anne W. Matheson Sumner, playing the mother of future Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan. She has been married 5 times. She is mother of singer Chynna Phillips, Austin Hines and Aron Wilson and ex-stepmother of actress Mackenzie Phillips. She was friends with Sharon Tate, Abigail Folger, Jay Sebring and Wojciech Frykowski, who were murdered by Charles Manson`s cult on August 9, 1969. In a 2006 interview for the History Channel show Our Generation: Death of the Counterculture, she said that it was still hard to talk about the murders.
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