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Michelle Phillips

Michelle PhillipsAKA Holly Michelle Gilliam

Born: 4-Jun-1944
Birthplace: Long Beach, CA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Singer/Songwriter, Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Mamas and the Papas

Michelle Phillips is a singer, songwriter, and actress. Born Holly Michelle Gilliam, she was a model before she was drawn into music. She became Michelle Phillips when she married her bandmate from a folk group called the New Journeymen, John Phillips. With the eventual addition of Denny Doherty and the smooth vocals of Mama Cass, they became The Mamas and the Papas.

While living in New York, her husband once awoke her for assistance writing what became "California Dreamin'". The royalties from that song kept Phillips comfortable long after the band, and the marriage, broke up. After affairs with Doherty and The Byrds' Gene Clark, Phillips was booted from the band in 1966, and replaced by Jill Gibson, a former backup singer for Jan & Dean. The group's sound, however, was not the same, and within a few months all was forgiven, and Phillips was brought back into the band.

After the Mamas and the Papas disbanded, Phillips sang backup vocals for Leonard Cohen. She was among the all-star vocals behind Cheech & Chong's single "Basketball Jones", along with George Harrison, Carole King, Billy Preston, and Tom Scott. In the late 1980s she also sang back-up behind Belinda Carlisle. She has had a second career as an actress, most successfully as Anne Matheson Sumner on the longrunning prime time soap opera Knotts Landing. She made numerous appearances on such '80s stalwarts as Fantasy Island and The Love Boat, and she played John Dillinger's moll Evelyn "Billie" Frechette in the film Dillinger.

Phillips was married to actor Dennis Hopper for eight days in 1970, and called it "the best week of my life". Her children include musician Chynna Phillips and drug-addled actress Mackenzie Phillips. She also became part of the extended Baldwin family of actors when her daughter Chynna married William Baldwin, the hangdog-faced Baldwin.

Husband: John Phillips (fellow band-member, m. 31-Dec-1962, div. 1970)
Daughter: Chynna Phillips (singer, b. 12-Feb-1968)
Slept with: Denny Doherty (fellow band-member, affair mid-1960s)
Slept with: Gene Clark (musician, affair mid-1960s)
Husband: Dennis Hopper (actor, m. 31-Oct-1970, div. 8-Nov-1970, married 8 days)
Slept with: Jack Nicholson (actor, affair after divorcing Hopper)
Husband: Grainger Hines (actor, div., one child)
Son: Gray Hines (stepson, Hines' son from earlier marriage, musician, The Swingin' Medallions)
Son: Austin Hines (stage actor, b. 1982)
Son: Aron Wilson (charity executive, The Cherry Fund)
Daughter: Mackenzie Phillips (stepdaughter, actress)
Husband: Robert Burch (radio executive, m. 1978, div. 1980)

    The Mamas and the Papas (1965-68 and 1971-72)
    Marijuana Policy Project Advisory Board
    Grammy
    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2000
    Risk Factors: LSD

    TELEVISION
    7th Heaven Lilly (2001-04)
    Rude Awakening Vivian (1999-2001)
    Beverly Hills, 90210 Abby Malone (1997-98)
    Malibu Shores Suki Walker (1996)
    Second Chances Joanna (1993-94)
    Knots Landing Anne W. Matheson Sumner (1987-93)
    Hotel Elizabeth Bradshaw Cabot (1983-86)
    Search for Tomorrow Ruby Ashford (1983)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Kids in America (21-Oct-2005)
    Harry and Max (17-Jan-2004)
    Jane White Is Sick & Twisted (27-Jan-2002) · June
    The Price of Air (15-Sep-2000) · Mrs. Rye
    Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel (9-Jun-2000)
    Sweetwater (15-Aug-1999)
    No One Would Tell (6-May-1996)
    Joshua Tree (27-Mar-1993)
    Scissors (Mar-1991) · Ann Carter
    Let It Ride (18-Aug-1989) · Mrs. Davis
    Assault and Matrimony (28-Sep-1987)
    American Anthem (27-Jun-1986)
    Savage Harvest (10-Jul-1981)
    The Man with Bogart's Face (3-Oct-1980)
    Bloodline (29-Jun-1979)
    The Users (1-Oct-1978)
    Valentino (7-Sep-1977)
    The California Kid (25-Sep-1974)
    Dillinger (2-Feb-1973) · Billie Frechette
    The Last Movie (29-Sep-1971)
    Monterey Pop (26-Dec-1968)

Author of books:
California Dreamin': The True Story of the Mamas and the Papas (1986, memoir)


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