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                                        MACKENZIE PHILLIPS

                                                    BIOGRAPHY

                                                 “Molly Phillips”

            Mackenzie Phillips stars as Molly Phillips, a former rock star on a “comeback” 
tour, who travels around the country with her two kids in a custom touring bus in 
Disney Channel’s new original series, So Weird .

            Mackenzie Phillips burst onto the acting scene at the age of twelve when 
she played Carol, the outrageously pushy hitchhiker, in George Lucas’ critically 
acclaimed film American Graffiti. Staring Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard 
Dreyfuss, and Cindy Williams.  American Graffiti went on to become one of the 
most successful films in history and made Mackenzie an overnight star.

            But Phillips is probably best known for her seven-year role as Julie Cooper 
on the popular CBS sitcom One Day at A Time.  Norman Lear asked Mackenzie to 
play the part when she was just fifteen years old.  The show, which also starred 
Bonnie Franklin and Valerie Bertinelli, premiered in 1975.

            After her success in American Graffiti, Mackenzie garnered critical 
acclaim for her starring role in the film Rafferty & The Gold Dust Twins.  She then 
took a hiatus from acting, and later returned to television to star in the TV movies 
Kate’s Secret, Miles Before I go To Sleep and Eleanor & Franklin.

            She followed that with special guest-star appearances in episodic 
television shows including Caroline in the City; Walker, Texas Ranger; NYPD Blue,
 Melrose Place; Beverly Hills, 90210; Chicago Hope and Murder, She Wrote.  Her 
other feature film credits include When, True Friends and Mama Why?.

            Born into a legendary musical family, Mackenzie is a talented singer, as 
well as an actor.  In 1965, her father, John Phillips, launched The Mamas and the 
Papas, one of the most successful pop bans in history, with songs including 
“Monday, Monday” and “California Dreamin’.”  When Mackenzie was 23, years 
after the band had split up, her father recreated The Mamas and the Papas and 
asked Mackenzie, who had always wanted to sing, to join the band.  They were 
an instant hit and toured around the world for more than three years.

            Mackenzie later transitioned her vocal skills to the state and wowed 
audiences across America and on Broadway as the wisecracking “pink lady,” 
Rizzo, in the Broadway revival of Grease.  She also starred in the Pennsylvania 
Repertory Company production of On Golden Pond and the Off-Broadway 
production of The Comings and Goings of Average People.

            After experiencing a period of substance abuse early in her life, 
Mackenzie devotes her spare time to anti-drug activities, including speaking at 
schools, rehab programs and children’s organizations around the country.  She is
also actively involved in the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, 
as well as Helpline, a crisis and drug addiction organization in Philadelphia

            She lives with her son, Shane, and their cat, Owlie, in Los Angeles.


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