04:58 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 03/28/2014 02:00PM
Mackenzie Phillips breezes into the Pasadena Recovery Center through the staff entrance, settles into a chair at the front of the room and prepares to lead a counseling session for 30 or so addicts.
A few minutes in, a meth addict who was admitted to the center only a few days earlier insists he's ready to go home.
"Mack," as Phillips is known to her clients, looks him in the eye and urges him to avoid the "overconfidence" that can accompany early recovery.
Originally posted 01/24/2014 08:50AM
Mackenzie Phillips, a former teen TV star from an iconic music family, has been to rehab 11 times and last relapsed in 2008. She tells PEOPLE she's concerned if people are laughing at Justin Bieber's DUI arrest, and she's not so sure he's as happy in the mugshot as he might seem.
Originally posted 03/01/2013 01:30PM
One Day at a Time star Bonnie Franklin, who announced last September that she was suffering from pancreatic cancer, died of complications of the disease on Friday, her family told the Los Angeles Times. She was 69.
Franklin died at her Los Angeles home, and is survived by her mother, Claire Franklin, and stepchildren Jed Minoff and Julie Minoff, said the paper.
On the long-running CBS series, which was developed by Norman Lear and on the air from 1975-1984, Franklin starred as divorced mom Ann Romano, alongside Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli, who played her teenage daughters.
Originally posted 09/30/2009 11:30AM
After focusing on her family for the last nine years, Chynna Phillips, who shot to stardom as a member of the pop trio Wilson Phillips, is relaunching her music career, this time as a member of the contemporary Christian duo Chynna and Vaughan.
"It’s very, very exciting," Phillips, 41, whose upbeat new album with singer-songwriter Vaughan Penn, One Reason, is already climbing the music charts, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
But the album’s Sept. 22 debut came amid controversy. The following day, High on Arrival, her half-sister Mackenzie's memoir was published. In the book, the actress reveals that their father, John Phillips of the 1960s pop group the Mamas and the Papas, raped Mackenzie when she was 19 – and that she had an on-and-off sexual relationship with him over the course of a decade. "It’s such an uncomfortable subject for any family to talk about," Chynna tells PEOPLE.
Despite her "personal struggle" with the revelation, the singer came forward on The Oprah Winfrey Show last week to publicly support her half-sister. "I pray that we all get closer through this crisis," she says about her family. "With prayer, anything is possible. But I would be lying to you if I didn’t tell you that there are going to be some huge obstacles in front of us."
Originally posted 09/25/2009 01:50PM
Her sisters are upset, her stepmother calls her a liar, but Mackenzie Phillips isn't backing down from revelations that she had a long-term sexual relationship with her father – and hopes she can be the public face of an issue that she says gets little of the attention it deserves.
"If I've started a national dialogue that's going to help people face these issues, then I'm forever grateful," Phillips, 49, said Friday via satellite during a live broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
The former One Day at a Time star, who revealed her shocking family secret in a new memoir, High on Arrival, appeared for the second time this week on Oprah, this time to face doubts from within her own family about her relationship with her father, the founder of the 60s band The Mamas and the Papas.
Originally posted 09/24/2009 02:30PM
Mackenzie Phillips wants the world to know her father, 1960s musician John Phillips, "was not a bad man, he was a very sick man," burdened by the legacy of his own troubled childhood. Yet the sexual relationship between the two of them that she writes about in her explosive new memoir, High on Arrival, began when her dad raped her at age 19 and was certainly not an "affair," as some media have categorized it.
"He didn't set out to hurt me," the former One Day at a Time child star, 49, told Meredith Vieira on Thursday's Today show. "He did the best with what he had. He was a damaged guy."
While "Papa John" of the Mamas and the Papas group died in 2001 from the effects of alcohol and drug abuse, surviving members of his family – particularly his ex-wife Michelle Phillips – have voiced doubts about Mackenzie's claims in her new memoir, High on Arrival.
Originally posted 09/22/2009 07:40PM
"Don't hate my father," Mackenzie Phillips tells PEOPLE.
But in a tell-all book out Wednesday, the former childhood actress reveals that her dad, musician John Phillips of the '60s band the Mamas and the Papas, engaged with her in a long-term incestuous relationship.
Phillips, 49, who has survived drug addiction, arrests and divorce, writes in the book High on Arrival that she was already a star playing a boy-crazy teen on the TV sitcom One Day at a Time when her father had sex with her on the night before she was to marry Jeff Sessler, a member of the Rolling Stones entourage, in 1979.
"On the eve of my wedding, my father showed up, determined to stop it," writes Phillips, who was 19 and a heavy drug user at the time. "I had tons of pills, and Dad had tons of everything too. Eventually I passed out on Dad's bed."
Originally posted 10/31/2008 01:50PM
Mackenzie Phillips pleaded guilty to one count of felony cocaine possession in a Los Angeles court Friday, and agreed to enter an 18-month drug deferment program.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank [law enforcement] for stopping me, and probably saving my life," Phillips said to Judge Keith L. Schwartz.
As part of the program, if Phillips successfully completes her drug treatment, the entire case will be dismissed. The actress stated she's currently enrolled in a live-in treatment center in Louisiana.
Originally posted 09/03/2008 02:45PM
MacKenzie Phillips has entered rehab, her attorney Blair Berk confirmed Wednesday.
Phillips is seeking treatment following her arrest on Aug. 27 for alleged drug possession at Los Angeles International Airport. She was found "carrying what appeared to be heroin and cocaine in baggies and balloons," airport police said.
Originally posted 08/27/2008 02:15PM
MacKenzie Phillips was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday for alleged drug possession, police confirm to PEOPLE.
"She was being screened by airport security when a small amount of what appeared to be heroin and cocaine were found on her person," Sgt. Jim Holcomb said. "She was arrested at about 10 a.m. and is still in custody."
He added: "The substances were found in balloons and baggies."
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