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Michelle Phillips performed with 1960s folk group The Mamas and the Papas. After the group disbanded, Philips became known for her work as a television actress.
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Michelle Phillips was born on June 4, 1944, in Long Beach, California. She was a member of 1960s folk/pop group, The Mamas and the Papas. The band had hits with "California Dreamin'" and "Monday, Monday," before disbanding. Phillips made her film debut in 1971 with The Last Movie starring Dennis Hopper. She and Hopper were briefly married in 1970. Continuing to pursue an acting career,
"Some of the things they print about me can reduce me to shock and tears. I think of myself in such different terms. To me, I'm a moderate, clean-living, struggling young actress."
"I've worked since I was 17—and I have a need for attention."
Phillips appeared in Valentino in 1977. She enjoyed some success on television in the late 1980s and early 1990s on the prime time soap opera Knots Landing. In more recent years, Phillips has made guest appearances on such shows as 7th Heaven. She is also the mother of singer Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips fame.
Singer and actress Michelle Phillips was born Holly Michelle Gilliam on June 4, 1944, in Long Beach, California. She is best known for being one of the singers for the 60s folk/pop group, The Mamas and the Papas. Phillips lost her mother when she was only five years old. Raised by a single father, she lived in Mexico City for several years. Phillips eventually returned to Los Angeles where she attended high school.
Versatile and athletic, Phillips played sports as well as musical instruments in high school. She also dabbled in modeling during her school years. As a senior, she met a local musician and singer named John Phillips. He was a member of a group called the Journeymen. The teenaged Michelle quickly fell for 26-year-old performer, and the pair married in 1962. Before long, she was performing with her husband in a group called the New Journeymen along with folk singer Denny Doherty.
The New Journeymen evolved into The Mamas and the Papas in 1965 with the addition of Cass Elliot. The band became hugely popular with its beautiful four-part harmonies. Michelle helped write some of the group's biggest hits, including "California Dreamin'." That song made to the number four spot on the Billboard pop charts in February 1966. Two months later, the group had their first number one hit with "Monday, Monday."
Behind the scenes, however, there was a lot of tension between the group members. Michelle Phillips and Denny Doherty had an affair. The affair became the inspiration for the song “I Saw Her Again,” which John and Denny co-wrote. Michelle and John Phillips separated for a time, and both pursued other relationships. Michelle became involved with Gene Clark from the Byrds, and tensions between her and John over this created even more problems for the band.
During the summer of 1966, Michelle Phillips was fired by her fellow band mates. They replaced her with Jill Gibson while working on their second self-titled album, but Michelle was soon back with the band and with her husband. Their third effort, 1967’s Deliver, featured several stand-out tracks, including a cover of the the Shirelles’ “Dedicated to the One I Love,” which made it all the way to the number two spot on the pop charts.
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