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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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Held during the "Summer of Love," the event drew many who were part of the bourgeoning hippie scene. But this festival was the beginning of the end for The Mamas and the Papas. At the festival, the group made its last live performance.
After a failed album in 1968,
The Mamas and the Papas soon fell apart. Phillips gave birth to daughter Chynna that same year. But having a new addition to the family wasn't enough to keep her and her husband together. The couple divorced in 1970.
After her marriage to her first husband ended, Phillips became involved with a number of leading figures in entertainment. She involved with actor Jack Nicholson and miscarried their child. Phillips also had a relationship with actor Warren Beatty.
In 1970, Phillips tied the knot with Dennis Hopper. Hopper had been both her director and co-star in her feature film debut The Last Movie (1971). But their union only lasted eight days. Phillips has never publicly explained why their marriage was so brief.
After her small role in The Last Movie, Phillips landed a more substantial part in the crime drama Dillinger (1973) with Warren Oates and Ben Johnson. She received a Golden Globe nomination for her work on the film. In 1977, Phillips had some success in both television and film. She starred in the television miniseries Aspen with Sam Elliott and the biographical drama Valentino with Rudolf Nureyev. That same year, Phillips released a solo album, Victim of Romance.
By the late 1980s, Phillips had become a fixture on the prime-time soap Knots Landing. She played Nicolette Sheridan's mother on the series. After Knots Landing ended in 1993, Phillips continued to work on the small screen. Michelle appeared on shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Santa Barbara, Murder, She Wrote, Beverly Hills 90210 and 7th Heaven.
Michelle Phillips is the only surviving member of The Mamas and the Papas. Cass Elliot died in 1974. She reunited with her ex-husband John Phillips and former lover Denny Doherty in 1998 for The Mamas and the Papas' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. John Phillips passed away in 2001 and Denny Doherty died in 2007.
In addition to her daughter, singer Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips fame, she is also the mother of actor Austin Hines and Aron Wilson. Austin is from her relationship with actor Grainger Hines. Phillips became Wilson's foster mother in the 1980s and later adopted him. She is also the former step-mother of actress Mackenzie Phillips.
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